Free Online English Composition Courses from Top Universities

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Composition is an important skill for college students, and can also be useful in the workplace. These free online courses from top universities can help you brush up writing skills or learn techniques for writing in specific styles and/or about specific subject matter.
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Free English Composition Courses

Here are some online English Composition courses offered free by three top universities: Utah State, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Open University. You can learn more about many types of writing, including persuasive essays, food writing and autobiography.

Utah State University

Utah State has two writing courses in their Open Courseware. In Guide to Writing in History, learn about the style and content of writing about history. In Intermediate Writing: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode, hone your critical thinking, reading and writing skills to make effective persuasive arguments.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Several courses are listed on MIT's Open Courseware. In Writing and Experience: Exploring Self in Society, practice writing narratives, whether fiction or nonfiction. In Writing and Reading the Essay, learn about the writing skills which are essential for other college courses.

The Open University

The Open University has a free course in Essay and Report Writing Skills. Develop academic writing skills with lots of practice.

Free Online Composition Courses at a Glance

Course & SchoolProgram LevelFormatAssignmentsQuizzes & ExamsDownloadable
Guide to Writing in History course from Utah StateUndergraduateText LessonsNoYesNo
Intermediate Writing: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode course from Utah StateUndergraduateText LessonsYesNoNo
Expository Writing: Social and Ethical Issues in Print, Photography and Film course from MITUndergraduateTextbooksYesYesYes
Writing on Contemporary Issues: Food for Thought: Writing and Reading about the Cultures of Food course from MITUndergraduateTextbooksYesNoYes
Writing and Experience: Exploring Self in Society course from MITUndergraduateWriting ExercisesYesNoYes
Writing and Reading the Essay course from MITUndergraduateTextbooksYesNoYes
Technologies of Humanism course from MITUndergraduateTextbooksYesNoYes
Expository Writing: Exploring Social and Ethical Issues through Film and Print course from MITUndergraduateTextbooksYesNoYes
Expository Writing: Autobiography - Theory and Practice course from MITUndergraduateTextbooksYesNoYes
Expository Writing: Analyzing Mass Media course from MITUndergraduateTextbooksYesNoYes
Interactive and Non-Linear Narrative: Theory and Practice course from MITUndergraduate/GraduateTextbooksYesNoYes
Writing on Contemporary Issues: Imagining the Future course from MITUndergraduateTextbooksYesNoYes
Writing and Experience course from MITUndergraduateTextbooksYesNoYes
Essay and Report Writing Skills course from Open UniversityBeginnerText LessonsYesNoYes

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    1. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Communication
      • Master of Arts in Science Writing
    Certificate
      • Certificate in Science Writing
      • Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Applied Research for Communication
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    2. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Fine Arts - Creative Writing for Entertainment
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    3. Purdue University

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    Master's
      • Master of Science in Communication
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management
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    4. Penn Foster Career School

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Certificate - English: Comprehensive Skills in Reading & Writing
      • Career Diploma: Freelance Writer
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    5. Indiana Wesleyan University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS Human Communications
      • B.S. General Studies - Communication
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      • A.S. General Studies - Communications
    Certificate
      • Undergraduate Certificate - Communications
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    6. Saint Joseph's University

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Wilson Reading System Certification
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    7. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma
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    8. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS - Communication
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    9. Excelsior College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA in Humanities (Communication Studies)
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Johns Hopkins University

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  • Master of Arts in Science Writing
  • Certificate in Science Writing
  • Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Applied Research for Communication

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Full Sail University

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Purdue University

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Penn Foster Career School

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Indiana Wesleyan University

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Saint Joseph's University

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Colorado State University Global

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