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Kellman Course in the Humanities

Take Advantage of this Free Educational Opportunity!

Take the first step to a new future with the Bloomfield College Kellman Course in the Humanities. This free educational opportunity is open to selected individuals in the northern New Jersey area. Qualified applicants will receive college-level instruction with full college credit and will have the opportunity to explore a new world education. Tuition and books are all free of charge.

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For more information contact academic_affairs@bloomfield.edu or call 973-748-9000 ext. 1352


The Bloomfield College Kellman Course in the Humanities is modeled after the Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities, which was begun as an experiment in 1995 at the Roberto Clemente Family Guidance Center on the Lower East Side of New York. The Kellman Course in the Humanities was first offered in 2000 with funding from a FIPSE (Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education of the US Department of Education) grant awarded to Bard College and under the leadership of Earl Shorris. Bloomfield College was one of five institutions across the country to establish its own version of the Clemente Course in the Humanities under the Bard College FIPSE grant. The Bard College Clemente Course has now been replicated at more than 14 sites in the US, as well as internationally. The Kellman Course has also received financial support from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (2007-2008). It is named for Martin Kellman, beloved Professor of English who died in 1999.

Since its inception, 95 students have completed the Kellman Course. Five have gone on to complete their bachelor’s degrees at Bloomfield College, and more Kellman alums are current students at Bloomfield College or elsewhere. Sixteen students enrolled in the 8th Kellman class in September of 2008. In addition to course credit, students who complete the course are awarded a Certificate of Achievement at a very moving closing ceremony.


The Clemente course grew out of a desire to provide access to college-level, credit-bearing coursework to economically and educationally disadvantaged people in a familiar neighborhood setting and without cost. It is designed to create a bridge to enrollment in higher education and to promote personal growth, development and enrichment for students. The Bloomfield College Kellman Course in the Humanities is a full-year, college-level, interdisciplinary course that offers students a rare opportunity to study masterpieces in the humanities: philosophy, US history, art history, literature, and writing. It endeavors to present the humanities as humankind’s collective attempt to address the common, central, and persisting elements of the human situation. The guiding principle for the program is based on former University of Chicago President Robert Maynard Hutchins’ philosophy that “the best education for the best is the best education for us all.”

Course Outcomes

The Bloomfield College Kellman Course in the Humanities prepares students to:

1. communicate effectively orally and in written form
2. read and comprehend college-level material
3. demonstrate an appreciation for and use of dialogue and reasoned argument
4. demonstrate skills of moral deliberation and analysis
5. make connections between philosophical thought and human behavior of the past and present
6. demonstrate analytical skills, in both written and verbal form
7. present their ideas with clarity and personal conviction

Admission Requirements

  • Complete application and personal interview
  • Minimum high school reading and writing level is required
  • Commitment to complete the full course of study