Free Online Human Development Courses from Top Universities

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tufts University host free online courses in human development. Download course materials and take these classes at your own pace to learn more about topics such as evolution, national identity and aspects of human growth.
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Free Human Development Courses

Human development courses will help students develop their sense of human evolution and theories of behavior, conquest, and ethnic identify. Students who choose to study these courses will have access to lecture notes and other various information on required readings.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT offers courses on human development, like a national identity course and a course on human origins and evolution. Readings for the former will include Ethnicity and Nationalism: Anthropological Perspectives, 3rd Edition, and Race, Nature, and Culture, by Peter Wade. Lecture notes for the human origins course will cover topics like modern primates, early hominids, and modern behaviors.

Tufts University

Tufts University offers a human growth and development course. The textbooks for the course are The Developing Person Through the Life Spance, 6th Edition, and Human Behavior: An Introduction for Medical Students, 3rd Edition. Lectures in text format or slides of images will cover areas such as the overview of physical development, behavioral and psychobiological effects of developmental trauma, and personality disorders.

Free Online Human Development Courses At a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
National and Ethnic Identity course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/lecture notes Yes No Yes
The Conquest of America course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/lecture notes/study materials Yes Yes Yes
Technology and Culture course from MIT Undergraduate Texts Yes No Yes
Human Origins and Evolution course from MIT Undergraduate Textbooks/lecture notes/study materials Yes Yes Yes
Human Growth and Development course from Tufts University 1st Year Textbooks/text lessons/slides Yes No Yes

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. New England College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA in Criminal Justice/Human Services
      • BS in Human Services
      • BA in Psychology/Marriage Therapy and Family Counseling
      • BA in Humanities
    Associate's
      • AS in Human Services
      • AA in Liberal Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics
      • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Human Services
      • MS in Human Services - Family and Community Services
      • MS in Human Services - Organizational and Social Services
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Health Science
      • Bachelor: Human Services/Child and Family Welfare
      • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Walden University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Advanced Clinical Social Practice (Accelerated: 2-year intensive)
      • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Advanced Clinical Social Practice (Advanced Standing)
      • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Military Social Work (Accelerated: 2-year intensive)
      • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Military Social Work (Advanced Standing)
      • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Military Social Work (Standard: up to 2 courses/term)
      • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Social Work in Healthcare (Accelerated: 2-year intensive)
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Psychology - Human Services for Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD in Psychology - Gerontology
      • DMFT - Child & Adolescent Therapy
      • DMFT - Couple Therapy
      • DMFT - General Family Therapy
    Master's
      • MS - Child & Adolescent Developmental Psychology (MSPSYCAD)
      • MAMFT - Child & Adolescent Family Therapy
      • MAMFT - LGBTQ Couple & Family Therapy
      • MAMFT - Military Family Therapy
      • Master of Arts in Psychology - Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS - Human Services
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS: Human Services Administration
      • MSW: Advanced Clinical Practice (2 Year)
      • MSW: Advanced Clinical Practice (3 Year)
      • MSW: Advanced Standing
    Bachelor's
      • BA: Liberal Studies
    Associate's
      • AA: Liberal Arts
  • Online Programs Available
    8. American InterContinental University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Healthcare Management - Gerontology
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • General Studies, A.A.
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Colorado Technical University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS - Criminal Justice - Human Services

Featured Schools

The schools and programs listed below are popular educational options, and tuition varies based on program and location

New England College

  • BA in Criminal Justice/Human Services
  • BS in Human Services
  • AS in Human Services
  • AA in Liberal Studies

What is your highest level of education completed?

Grand Canyon University

  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics
  • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics
  • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders

What is your highest level of education?

Purdue University Global

  • MS in Human Services
  • MS in Human Services - Family and Community Services
  • Bachelor: Health Science
  • Bachelor: Human Services/Child and Family Welfare

Which subject are you interested in?

Walden University

  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Advanced Clinical Social Practice (Accelerated: 2-year intensive)
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Advanced Clinical Social Practice (Advanced Standing)
  • BS in Psychology - Human Services for Psychology

What is your highest level of education completed?

Northcentral University

  • PhD in Psychology - Gerontology
  • DMFT - Child & Adolescent Therapy
  • MS - Child & Adolescent Developmental Psychology (MSPSYCAD)
  • MAMFT - Child & Adolescent Family Therapy

What is your highest level of education?

Colorado State University Global

  • BS - Human Services

What is your highest level of education?

Saint Leo University

  • MS: Human Services Administration
  • BA: Liberal Studies
  • AA: Liberal Arts

What is your highest level of education completed?

American InterContinental University

  • Bachelor of Healthcare Management - Gerontology

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