A Master List of 500 Free Courses From Great Universities

During the past two days, our list of Free Online Movies has been getting some good exposure. And we’ve got no complaints. But while assembling the movie list, we were also busy putting together a list of 500 Free Online Courses from top universities. Here’s the lowdown: This master list lets you download free courses from schools like Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, Harvard and UC Berkeley. Generally, the courses can be accessed via YouTube, iTunes or university web sites. Right now you’ll find 55 courses in Philosophy, 50 in History, 50 in Computer Science, 35 in Physics, and that’s just beginning to scratch the surface. Most of the courses were recently produced. But, in some cases, we’ve layered in lecture series by famous intellectuals recorded years ago. Here are some highlights from the complete list.

  • African-American History: Modern Freedom Struggle – YouTube– iTunes – Clay Carson, Stanford
  • Financial Markets 2011 – YouTube – iTunes – Web Site – Robert Shiller, Yale
  • Growing Up in the Universe – YouTube – Richard Dawkins, Oxford
  • Human Behavioral Biology – iTunes Video – YouTube – Robert Sapolsky, Stanford
  • Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) – Download Course – Christine Hayes, Yale.
  • Heidegger’s Being & Time – iTunes – Hubert Dreyfus, UC Berkeley
  • Intensive Introduction to Computer Science Using C, PHP, and JavaScript – Multiple Formats – iTunes – David Malan, Harvard
  • Introduction to Cosmology and Particle Physics – YouTube – Sean Carroll, Caltech
  • Invitation to World Literature – Web Site – David Damrosch, Harvard
  • iPhone Application Development in iOS5 – HD Video iTunes – Standard-Def Video iTunes – Paul Hegarty, Stanford
  • Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? – YouTube – Web Site– Michael Sandel, Harvard
  • Philosophy of Language – iTunes – John Searle, UC Berkeley
  • Physics for Future Presidents – YouTube – Richard Muller, UC Berkeley
  • Quantum Electrodynamics – Web Site – Richard Feynman, Presented at University of Auckland
  • Science, Magic and Religion – iTunes – YouTube – Courtenay Raiai, UCLA
  • The American Novel Since 1945 – YouTube – iTunes Audio – iTunes Video – Download Course – Amy Hungerford, Yale
  • The Art of Living – Web Site – Team taught, Stanford

Visit this list of Free Courses for many more hours of free enrichment. Separately, you might also want to check out our collection of Free Language Lessons. It offers free lessons in over 40 languages.

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  • joseph says:

    i prayering to admite here.

  • CJ Fearnley says:

    Your list continues to omit the 44 video courses on UHouston’s YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/UHouston). They have another 10 or so courses for which they did not add course titles and descriptions. And you only have 12 of the 186 courses that IIT has online (http://www.youtube.com/nptelhrd).

    Otherwise, your list is awesome and I reference it frequently.

    I have human readable lists of the UHouston and nptelhrd (IIT) courses if you want to e-mail me.

  • karny says:

    you nay know all this but…
    best wishes

  • He wasIs Is you and you will all and is andIt never ceases to amaze me the amount of information we as humans now have asked to on a regular basis–and much of it for free. There’s no excuse not to learn something new on a regular basis. Thank you so much for sharing this list.

    will you is and you is a you and he is inI’m definitely going to bookmark it and I often feel like eternal student. And the next time one of my friends tells me that they’re bored, I’ll be sure to direct them to this list.

  • Vijayayelkur says:

    Wow,this is great .A perfect retirement plan for a person like me who always wants to learn and do something worthwhile.thanks for this great info.


    its great to have such opportunity.
    Mr Charles thanks for the infro.

  • dr edeh emmanuel richard says:

    These will keep one’s mind highly occupied, plenty of interesting subjects, thanks a lot

  • Some useful resources. It’s interesting to see how many core topics repeat over and over again. For students, this is useful as it can provide them with many different ways of interpreting the same materials.


  • Thanks for the list of free courses. Will definitely make sure I publicize it on my site freestuff.tv.


  • merrill williams says:

    I’m not sure. So many great things to look over and think about. But, I will get get back to you. I am disabled and there is onlt so much that I can do, but I thank you dearly.

  • Miski says:

    I need to learn english

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