Free Online Ancient and Medieval History Courses from Top Universities

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The free courses listed in this article cover topics such as the development of civilization, ancient religions, great nations of the ancient world, and time periods of great change and innovation.
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Free Ancient and Medieval History Courses

Here are some online ancient and medieval history courses offered free by three top universities: Utah State University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Open University.

Utah State University (USU)

USU offers a course exploring the development of civilization in the West, and touches on other continents as well. The course is designed to scratch the surface of ancient world history for beginning/amateur historians.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT's Open Courseware contains a number of course materials from history classes previously taught at the institution. The Making of a Roman Emperor course focuses on the culture and politics surrounding Rome's God-Ruler. Another course, The Emergence of Europe: 500-1300, explores the political, cultural and social development of Western Europe.

The Open University

The Open University offers a free introduction course for exploring world history during the Classical Era.

Free Online Ancient and Medieval History Courses at a Glance

Course & SchoolProgram LevelFormatAssignmentsQuizzes & ExamsDownloadable
History and Civilization course from USUUndergraduateAudio LecturesNoNoNo
The Ancient World: Rome course from MITUndergraduateTextbookYesYesYes
The Renaissance, 1300-1600 course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesYesYes
The Emergence of Europe: 500-1300 course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesYesYes
The Making of Russia in the Worlds of Bysantium, Mongolia, and Europe course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesYesYes
History of Western Thought, 500-1300 course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesNoYes
The Ancient World: Greece course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesNoYes
The Ancient City course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesNoYes
The Making of a Roman Emperor course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesNoYes
Introducing the Classical World course from Open UniversityIntermediateText LessonsYesNoYes

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    1. Kaplan University

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    2. Colorado Christian University

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    3. Regent University

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      • Bachelor of Arts in English - History
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      • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - History
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    4. Johns Hopkins University

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      • Master of Liberal Arts
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    5. Saint Leo University

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    Associate's
      • AA: Liberal Arts
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    6. Argosy University

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    Bachelor's
      • Liberal Arts (BA)
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    7. Penn Foster High School

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    University of Connecticut

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Kaplan University

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  • Bachelor: Liberal Studies

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Colorado Christian University

  • General Studies, A.A.

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Regent University

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  • Master of Arts in Government - American Government
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  • Bachelor of Arts in History

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Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Liberal Arts

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Saint Leo University

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Argosy University

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Penn Foster High School

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