Humanity in Perspective Online Courses

Kim Nguyen

Humanity in Perspective (HIP) Online Courses are for adults (ages eighteen and older) who face barriers to continuing their formal education and want to participate in a learning community that centers their interests, voices, objectives, creativity, curiosity, and relationships. HIP is typically for people who do not yet have a four-year college degree, although there are occasional exceptions. There is an income limit of two times the federal poverty guidelines to be eligible for HIP. More information about income limits is available in the FAQ.

There is one upcoming HIP course for adults. Learn more and apply.

HIP online cohorts will meet entirely online via Zoom, with optional in-person meetings and field trips in Portland. All Oregon residents are welcome to apply if they meet the eligibility requirements around barriers to continuing education and income. Students will have options to fulfill online meeting requirements if they are unable to attend the optional in-person meetings.  

We will discuss technology access as part of your interview. We are committed to addressing barriers for participants who wish to make the commitment, so limited access to the internet or technology should not discourage you from applying.

HIP graduates earn transferable undergraduate credits from Bard College. HIP consists of learning communities (cohorts) with accessible and adaptive structures and layers of support designed to help students thrive.

  • There is no tuition or any fees to attend.
  • Readings and books are provided.
  • Childcare and transportation costs for optional in-person meetings and field trips are offset by a limited number of reimbursements and public transit tickets.

The subjects we study are:

  • Art history and visual culture
  • Literature
  • History of the Americas
  • Philosophy
  • Critical thinking and writing

We study these subjects in interdisciplinary and integrative ways, meaning that we explore how they are connected with each other and to our lives and communities.

In addition to studying work that is considered canonical, or of classical importance (Plato, for example), we study contemporary works by philosophers, artists, writers, historians, and filmmakers across a wide spectrum of cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints. View a list of works that we have read, watched, and listened to recently.

Students learn alongside highly-qualified instructors, a program coordinator, a classroom assistant, and other special guests from the community beyond the classroom.

HIP instructors honor individuals’ unique learning objectives and nurture an environment where relevant learning, activity, and connections happen. There are some shared objectives in the design of our courses.


HIP creates opportunities for students to:

  • Work towards individual and collective objectives in a learning community
  • Participate in exploratory conversation
  • Create collaborative projects
  • Learn more deeply about themselves and their communities
  • Reflect on their own beliefs, assumptions, and experiences
  • Develop a practice of reflection, inquiry, and active listening
  • Become more curious and ask questions about themselves and others
  • Engage as creators—and not just consumers—of knowledge and culture


Participating in HIP develops students' abilities to:

  • Determine and articulate visions of the change they wish to inspire in their lives and communities
  • Feel greater motivation to take action
  • Understand, critique, and transform power and privilege
  • Build community
  • Learn new skills and techniques to encourage interpersonal connection across difference
  • Take action to promote more just and connected communities through personal and systemic change


Contact HIP Program Coordinator, Rozzell Medina, at (503) 409-9134 or with questions.


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