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Hoverter Course in the Humanities

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Hoverter Course in the Humanities 

This liberal arts bridging course provides access to higher education for those whose circumstances have prevented them from considering a college education. The Hoverter Course in the Humanities provides tuition-free, collegiate instruction for credit to economically and educationally underserved individuals, 18 years of age and older, who are either high school graduates or GED recipients. The hope is that a humanities-based exposure to higher education will equip students with basic liberal arts skills and encourage them to aspire to college study. Course participants receive instruction in five humanities disciplines (writing, communication, critical & ethical thinking, American history & civics, and creative arts) from experienced college faculty members.

  • Classes meet every Tuesday evening from 6:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Semester 1 runs September to December; Semester 2 runs February to May
  • Classes will be held at the Downey School, 1313 Monroe Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103
  • Students receive free books
  • Childcare will be provided on site
  • 6 college credits will be awarded for those that successfully complete both semesters

Complete an online application here.  If you'd prefer, you may use this link to print and mail the application and a one-page essay.  Applications may be mailed to:
Messiah College
Center for Public Humanities
One College Ave Suite 3017
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

or emailed as attachments to

To show our appreciation for the kind support of the Lawrence L. and Julia Z. Hoverter Charitable Foundation, we have named this program the Hoverter Course in the Humanities.