Free Online Anthropology (General) Courses from Top Universities

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Find out essential details of general anthropology courses offered free from some top schools. Get an overview of these courses that cover culture, media studies and art as they relate to anthropology
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Free General Anthropology Courses

General anthropology covers a wide range of topics, including human and animal cultures, evolution and ecologies. Several free courses are available online from college and universities.

Utah State University

Utah State University offers a free course in cultural anthropology. Taught by Professor Richley Crapo, the course includes quizzes that align with the Cultural Anthropology: Understanding Ourselves and Others (5th Edition) texbook, which needs to be purchased separately. Topics of the course include culture's relation to biology, personality, religion, language and politics.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT's available OpenCourseWare courses in anthropology include topics in technology, archaeology, interpersonal and organizational power, anthropological theory, and photography. Typically consisting of textual readings, you may need to purchase additional reading materials to complete a course. Assignments, projects and labs are offered for several that you can complete on your own.

Free Online Courses at a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Cultural Anthropology course from Utah State University Undergraduate Text No Yes No
Cultures of Computing course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
The Human Past: Introduction to Archaeology course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Power: Interpersonal, Organizational and Global Dimensions course at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate Text Yes Yes Yes
Anthropological Theory course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate Text No No Yes
Photography and Truth course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Ashford University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA/Cultural Anthropology
      • B.A. - Sociology
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS - Applied Social Sciences
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
      • Bachelor: Liberal Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Liberal Arts
      • Master of Arts in Museum Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Indiana Wesleyan University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. General Studies - Liberal Arts
    Associate's
      • A.S. General Studies - Liberal Arts
    Certificate
      • Undergraduate Certificate - General Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Utica College

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Data Science: Social Science Analytics
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Excelsior College

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MA in Liberal Studies
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Social Sciences [Without Concentration]
      • BA / BS in Liberal Arts [Without Concentration]
      • BA in Humanities (Fine Arts)
      • BA in Humanities (Literature)
      • BA in Humanities [Without Concentration]
      • BS in Liberal Arts (Professional and Technical Writing)
    Associate's
      • AS in Arts in Liberal Arts
      • AS in Science in Liberal Arts
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    9. University of the Rockies

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Public Sociology
      • Master of Arts in Public Sociology - Medical Sociology
      • Master of Arts in Public Sociology - Applied Sociology
    Bachelor's
      • Master of Arts in Public Sociology - Medical Sociology
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Ashford University

  • BA/Cultural Anthropology
  • B.A. - Sociology

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Colorado State University Global

  • BS - Applied Social Sciences

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Kaplan University

  • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
  • Bachelor: Liberal Studies

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Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Liberal Arts
  • Master of Arts in Museum Studies

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Indiana Wesleyan University

  • B.S. General Studies - Liberal Arts
  • A.S. General Studies - Liberal Arts
  • Undergraduate Certificate - General Studies

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Utica College

  • MS in Data Science: Social Science Analytics

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Excelsior College

  • MA in Liberal Studies
  • BS in Social Sciences [Without Concentration]
  • AS in Arts in Liberal Arts

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Penn Foster High School

  • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
  • HS Diploma

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