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:



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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 the City of South Salt Lake, 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 in the City of South Salt Lake receive credit from Westminster College. In Ogden, Weber State University provides credit for Venture. In southern Utah, Venture students receive credit from Southern Utah University.

In the City of South Salt Lake, Venture is held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:00-8:00 p.m., at The Scott School (3238 South 540 East).

Ogden Venture ClassIn Ogden, the Venture Course meets 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Weber State University Community Education Center, 2955 Harrison Blvd.

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 Jorge Rojas,, or apply online or by mail through the links below:

South Salt Lake - Online Venture Application

South Salt Lake Venture Application by Mail (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.