Free Online History (Other) Courses from Top Universities

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Real history enthusiasts want more than the bare facts. They want to know the techniques for writing about history and the methods and theories historians use. Good news - you can learn about these things for free in the courses listed in this article.
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Free History Courses

Here are seven online general History courses offered free by two top universities: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Open University.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT's Open Courseware has a number of free History course materials, but these courses are particularly useful for the budding historian. How to Stage a Revolution examines the cause and nature of revolutions throughout history. Theories and Methods in the Study of History studies 20th century historian writers themselves.

The Open University

The Open University offers several history courses with unique topics of interest. Medicine Transformed: On Access to Health Care is a history course about hospital care, disease patterns and medical response. Finding Information in Arts and History teaches students how to conduct searches for Art and History information quickly and effectively.

Free Online History Courses at a Glance

Course & SchoolProgram LevelFormatAssignmentsQuizzes & ExamsDownloadable
Seminar in Historical Methods course from MITUndergraduateVideosYesNoYes
Theories and Methods in the Study of History course from MITGraduateExternal Reading ResourcesNoNoYes
How to Stage a Revolution course from MITUndergraduateText LessonsYesNoYes
Medicine Transformed: On Access to Healthcare course from Open UniversityIntermediateText LessonsYesNoYes
Finding Information in Arts and History course from Open UniversityBeginnerText LessonsYesNoYes
War Memorials and Commemmoration course from Open UniversityBeginnerText LessonsYesNoYes
Processes of Study in the Arts and Humanities course from Open UniversityBeginnerText LessonsYesNoYes

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Arts in History for Secondary Education (ITL)
      • Bachelor of Arts in History for Secondary Education (ITL)
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Liberal Arts
      • Master of Arts in Museum Studies
  • Campus and Online Programs
    3. Centenary University

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts
  • Campus and Online Programs
    4. Judson University

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Associate of Arts
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Keiser University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.A. - Political Science
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Southern New Hampshire University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MA in History
      • MA in History: American History
      • MA in History: Public History
      • MA in History: Military History
    Bachelor's
      • BA in History - American History
      • BA in History
      • BA in History - European History
      • BA in History - Military History
      • BA in History - Middle Eastern History
      • BA General Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Indiana Wesleyan University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. General Studies - History
      • B.S. General Studies - Liberal Arts
    Associate's
      • A.S. General Studies - History
      • A.S. General Studies - Liberal Arts
    Certificate
      • Undergraduate Certificate - General Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
      • Bachelor: Liberal Studies
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Featured Schools

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Grand Canyon University

  • Bachelor of Arts in History for Secondary Education (ITL)

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Johns Hopkins University

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

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Centenary University

  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts

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Judson University

  • Associate of Arts

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Keiser University

  • B.A. - Political Science

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Southern New Hampshire University

  • MA in History
  • MA in History: American History
  • BA in History - American History
  • BA in History

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Penn Foster High School

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

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Indiana Wesleyan University

  • B.S. General Studies - History
  • A.S. General Studies - History
  • Undergraduate Certificate - General Studies

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