Free Online Courses: Humanities & Social Sciences

Get free online cours­es from the world’s lead­ing uni­ver­si­ties. This col­lec­tion includes over 500 free cours­es in the lib­er­al arts and sci­ences. Down­load these audio & video cours­es straight to your com­put­er or mp3 play­er.
Human­i­ties & Social Sci­ences

Archaeology Courses


Architecture Courses

Art & Art History Courses

Classics Courses

Communication Courses

Demography Courses

Design Courses

Economics & Finance Courses

Book­mark our col­lec­tion of free online cours­es in Eco­nom­ics. And find free econ text­books in our Free Text­book col­lec­tion.

Education Courses

Film Courses

Food Courses

Geography Courses

Health Courses

Book­mark our col­lec­tion of free online cours­es in His­to­ry.

Writing & Journalism Courses

Note: This sec­tion includes a lot of Mas­sive Open Online Cours­es (MOOCs). If you want to enroll in a free ver­sion of a MOOC, please select the “Full Course, No Cer­tifi­cate” (edX) or “Audit” (Cours­era) option. If you opt to take the course for a certificate/credential, you will be charged.


Language Lessons

To start learn­ing 40 for­eign lan­guages, please see our exten­sive col­lec­tion called Learn Lan­guages for Free. You can down­load or stream free lessons in French, Span­ish, Eng­lish, Ger­man, Man­darin, Ital­ian and more.


Law Courses

Literature Courses

Book­mark our col­lec­tion of free online cours­es in Lit­er­a­ture.

Linguistics Courses

Media Studies Courses

Music & Performing Arts Courses

Personal Development Courses

Philosophy Courses

For a full line­up of online cours­es, please vis­it our com­plete col­lec­tion, 1,700 Free Online Cours­es from Top Uni­ver­si­ties

Political Science, International Relations and Law Courses

Book­mark our col­lec­tion of free online cours­es in Polit­i­cal Sci­ence.

Religion Courses

Sociology Courses

Urban Studies Courses

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