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The Bard College Program at LAYC offers college level humanities courses to individuals ranging in ages from 18-55. Classes are held in the community room at LAYC two evenings a week. It is a yearlong study of five courses in the humanities and those who do well can earn college credits. There is no cost to the program and child care is provided. Students must be low-income and able to read and speak English since classes are conducted in English.

Topics of Study

The Humanities are subjects that form an important part of our cultural heritage. They refer to the experiences and the thoughts of human beings as expressed in art, sculpture, painting, literature, poetry, philosophy and history.

The Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities is a free, six credit college level course that will introduce you to some of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers and artists. Classes meet two evenings per week during a period of eight months. These subjects will be studied:

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

If you are interested in learning about these subjects and have wondered what a college class would be like, this is a great opportunity to find out …. And to further your education.

The Celemente Course Will Provide an Opportunity to:

  • 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;
  • Get special instruction in writing

Criteria for Admission:

  • Be between the ages of 17 - 49;
  • Have the ability to read a newspaper in English;
  • Belong to a low-income household;
  • Be willing to consistently attend classes, do assignments and complete the course.

College Credit/Certification

Students who successfully complete the 28-week course will receive six college credits from Bard College. Students completing the course, but not meeting the requirements for college credit, will receive a Bard College Certificate of Achievement.


There are no costs to Clemente Course students. If you are accepted into the course, all costs, including tuition, books, carfare and childcare, will be provided.

Class Schedule

Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm starting October 2014 and running through June 2015, with holiday breaks.


Classes will be held at the Latin American Youth Center, 1419 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, D.C.  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) 319-3093.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 17:48