Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

The Fordham University Clemente Course in the Humanities at the Mary Mitchell Center

GoalsThe Clemente Course provides college level instruction in the humanities, with the award of 6 college credits, to economically and educationally disadvantaged individuals at no cost and in an accessible and welcoming community setting.  Fordham’s Clemente Course in the Humanities offers the opportunity for intellectual development while providing a foundation for additional education and enhanced social and political participation. In so doing, the program unlocks potential in low-income communities that would otherwise go undeveloped.

AcademicsParticipants study four disciplines: literature, art history, moral philosophy, and history.  Students explore works of fiction, poetry, drama, painting, sculpture, architecture, and philosophy, while learning also about history. The course also offers instruction in writing and critical thinking, while the seminar style of the classes and dialectical investigation encourage an appreciation for reasoned dialogue in the Socratic method.

Classes meet two evenings a week, Mondays and Thursdays,  from 6-8:30pm over an eight-month period for a total of 110 hours at  the Mary Mitchell Center, located in the Crotona section of the Bronx,  our community partner helping to bring the course into the community.

CostFinancial barriers to higher education are removed. The Clemente Course provides books, transportation, and childcare, and it charges no tuition. Fordham University grants a certificate of achievement to any student completing the Clemente Course, and three college credits to those who have performed at a high academic level. These credits are transferable to any college the student may subsequently choose to attend.

OriginsAuthor Earl Shorris piloted the Clemente Course in the Humanities at the Roberto Clemente Family Guidance Center on East 13th Street in Manhattan, New York City, in 1995.  Since then, seventy courses have been taught across the United States and the globe.  For the first time, Fordham University is teaming up with the Mary Mitchell Center to offer the Clemente Course in the Crotona section of the Bronx.  

For more information, or to recieve a course application packet, 
please contact Sandra lobo-jost at 347-531-9136 or stop in mcginley 101.

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