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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