a college humanities course for people of modest means who dare to dream

Major funding for Venture is provided by:

Alternative Visions
Fund of the Chicago
Community Trust

Alan E. & Jeanne H. Hall Endowment for Community Outreach

CIT Bank

George Q. Morris Foundation

Marriner S. Eccles Foundation

O.C. Tanner Company

Rocky Mountain Power Foundation

Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities

Sorenson Legacy Foundation

Wells Fargo Bank

In partnership with:


Horizonte Learning


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In Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Cedar City, students in this free college humanities course have explored Plato and Martin Luther King, Jr., Renaissance art and the American labor movement, Shakespeare and Sophocles, and many others, and now they are ready to walk across the stages at their respective colleges and receive the academic credit they have earned. Three graduations are planned:

  • Ogden: April 16, 6:00-8:00, Weber State University, WSU Union Bldg, Ballroom C, upper level.
  • Cedar City: April 17, 6:00-8:00, Southern Utah University, Charles Hunter Room of the Hunter Conference Center
  • Salt Lake City: April 22, 7:00-9:00, Westminster College, Gore Auditorium.

For information about how you could become a Venture student in the fall, call Jean Cheney, 801.359.9670.

The Venture Course in the Humanities provides adults facing economic barriers with a chance to start college. Modeled on the Clemente Course in the HumanitiesSM, created by educator and journalist Earl Shorris in 1995 and now an international movement, Venture is a year-long, introductory humanities course taught by university and college faculty in Salt Lake City, Ogden and southern Utah (Cedar City region).

Sue and HeidiVenture includes sections in literature, American history, art history, philosophy, and writing/critical thinking. Successful students of Venture in Salt Lake City receive credit from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. In Ogden, Weber State University provides credit for Venture. In southern Utah, Venture students receive credit from Southern Utah University.

In Salt Lake City, Venture is held Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Horizonte Instruction and Training Center (1234 S Main St).

Ogden Venture ClassIn Ogden, the Venture Course meets 6:00-8:00 p.m. from September through April on the campus of Weber State University.

In southern Utah, Venture is held on the campus of Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Residents of Ogden wishing to apply for Venture should contact Tonia Wilson, 801-589-1324 or or apply online or by mail through the links below:

Ogden - Online Venture Application
Ogden Venture Application by Mail (pdf)

Residents of Salt Lake City should contact Jennifer Bauman, 801.635.7915, or apply online or by mail through the links below:

Salt Lake City - Online Venture Application

Salt Lake City Venture Application by Mail (pdf)

Printable brochure (pdf)

Residents of Cedar City should contact Lindsay Fullerton, 435-590-6430, or apply online or by mail through the links below:

Cedar City - Online Venture Application

Cedar City - Online Venture Application by Mail (pdf)

Curious about Venture?

steve "Read an essay from a Venture alumnus about the profound effect the course has had on his life”: Essay

Click an icon below to watch an 11 minute streaming video featuring interviews with graduates of the first Venture Course in the Humanities.

Venture Video

Or read a Deseret News feature article about Venture by Elaine Jarvik

Journey of the mind How Socrates, Bernini and Sartre enriched 16 lives

Or, to hear Jeff Metcalf, English professor at the University of Utah and on the Venture faculty, talk about his experience teaching Venture students, click here.