Willamette and Oregon Council for the Humanities Offer Free Course for Low-Income Adults

The Oregon Council for Humanities has partnered with Willamette University to offer Humanity in Perspective (HIP) -- a free, one-semester college-credit course in the humanities for low-income adults -- in Salem this summer.

Through twice-weekly classes taught by Willamette professors, HIP aims to promote the intellectual and personal growth of students, spark their interest in civic and community life and encourage them to continue their education. The program began in 2001 in Portland through a partnership with Reed College, where it has provided almost 200 economically and educationally disadvantaged individuals the opportunity to study the humanities in a college-level course.

The course in Salem begins May 19, and classes will meet twice weekly until August on the Willamette campus. HIP students receive free tuition, books and other course materials; free child care during class; free bus tickets for transportation to and from class; and transferable college credit from Willamette University.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, able to speak and write fluently in English, and willing to commit to attending class two evenings per week during the four-month program. Applicants should not already have a bachelor's degree and are not required to have a high school diploma or GED.

Applications for HIP in Salem should be submitted by Friday, March 13. Applications are available for download on the OCH website ( or by request from Sarah Van Winkle, OCH Program Coordinator, at or (503) 241-0543, ext. 112.

The Oregon Council for the Humanities (813 SW Alder St, #702, Portland, OR 97205) is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities that is dedicated to the belief that knowledge and ideas are fundamental to the health of our communities. More information about OCH's programs and publications can be found at