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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