Free Online Human Development Courses from Top Universities

About this article
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.
View available schools

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. Regent University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Marriage & Family Ministry
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Marriage & Family Ministry
    Master's
      • M.A. in Human Services - Human Services Counseling
      • M.A. in Human Services - Addictions Counseling
      • M.A. in Human Services - Biblical Counseling
      • M.A. in Human Services - Conflict & Mediation Ministry
      • M.A. in Human Services - Criminal Justice & Ministry
      • M.A. in Human Services - Grief Counseling
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Gerontology
      • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies
      • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Ohio Christian University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Arts in Human Services
    Associate's
      • Associate of Arts in Human Services
  • Online Programs Available
    3. 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
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • General Studies, A.A.
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD in Psychology - Gerontology
      • DMFT - Child & Adolescent Therapy
      • DMFT - Couple Therapy
      • DMFT - General Family Therapy
  • Online Programs Available
    6. 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: Human Services/Child and Family Welfare
      • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
    Certificate
      • Human Services Certificates in Child and Family Services
      • Adult Gerontology Practitioner Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Marriage and Family
      • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Traumatology
    Master's
      • MA: Human Services Counseling: Criminal Justice
      • MA: Human Services Counseling: Crisis Response and Trauma
      • MA: Human Services Counseling: Executive Leadership
      • MA: Human Services Counseling: Marriage and Family
      • MA: Human Services - Christian Ministries
      • Master of Arts in Human Services - Military Resilience
    Bachelor's
      • BS: Social Work
      • BS: Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Brenau University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science - Applied Gerontology
    Associate's
      • Associate of Arts - Liberal Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    9. 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
    10. Indiana Wesleyan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Social Work - Advanced Track
      • Master of Social Work - Standard Track
      • Master of Social Work
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. Human Services
      • B.S. Integrative Studies - Human Services
      • B.S. Integrative Studies
    Associate's
      • A.S. Integrative Studies - Human Services
      • A.S. Integrative Studies - Social Services
      • A.S. Integrative Studies - Liberal Arts
    Certificate
      • Undergraduate Certificate - Human Services
      • Undergraduate Certificate - General Studies

Featured Schools

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

Regent University

  • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Marriage & Family Ministry
  • M.A. in Human Services - Human Services Counseling
  • B.S. in Gerontology

What is your highest level of education completed?

Ohio Christian University

  • Bachelor of Arts in Human Services
  • Associate of Arts in Human Services

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

What is your highest level of education?

Colorado Christian University

  • General Studies, A.A.

What is your highest level of education completed?

Northcentral University

  • PhD in Psychology - Gerontology
  • DMFT - Child & Adolescent Therapy
  • DMFT - Couple Therapy

What is your highest level of education?

Purdue University Global

  • MS in Human Services
  • Bachelor: Human Services/Child and Family Welfare
  • Human Services Certificates in Child and Family Services

Which subject are you interested in?

Liberty University

  • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Marriage and Family
  • MA: Human Services Counseling: Criminal Justice
  • BS: Social Work

What is your highest level of education?

Brenau University

  • Master of Science - Applied Gerontology
  • Associate of Arts - Liberal Studies

What is your highest level of education completed?