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The Bard College course at the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) offers students an opportunity to "try on" an authentic college experience before transitioning to a longer-term educational institution. The Bard College Program at LAYC offers college-level humanities courses to individuals ranging in ages from 17-30.

Topics of Study

The course in Humanities is a free, six-credit college level course that will introduce students to some of the world's greatest writers, thinkers, and artists. The following subjects are studied:

  • Literature and Poetry
  • Critical Thinking & Writing
  • American History
  • Art History
  • Moral Philosophy

Criteria for Admission:

  • There is no age limit, but participants must be at least 17 years old and seniors in high school;
  • Have the ability to read and write in English;
  • Belong to a low-income household;
  • Be willing to consistently attend classes, do assignments, and complete the course; and
  • Have or be on track to complete a High School Diploma or GED.

Program Benefits

  • Experience a college-level course taught by top-level college instructors;
  • Earn six credits from Bard College that are transferable to other colleges;
  • Study masterpieces in the fields of literature, history, philosophy, and art;
  • Join with like-minded students in a supportive, non-judgmental environment; and
  • Get special instruction in writing.


This is a free course. If applicants are accepted into the course, all costs, including tuition, books, transportation and childcare, will be provided.

Class Schedule

Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. starting September 2015 and running through May 2016, with holiday breaks.


Classes are held at the Latin American Youth Center, 1419 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009. (202) 319-2225.

Application Process

For an application, download document below.

Download PDF Application.

Contact Information

For more information, call This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at (202) 780-4436.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:37