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.
- Cultures of Computing
- The Human Past: Introduction to Archaeology
- Power: Interpersonal, Organizational and Global Dimensions
- Anthropological Theory
- Photography and Truth
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|