Free Online U.S. History Courses from Top Universities

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If you want to take a college-level course in American history, consider saving yourself the tuition money and trying one of these non-credit courses instead. Course topics include the history of a specific state and important time periods in U.S. history.
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Free U.S. History Courses

Here are some online U.S. History courses offered free by three top universities: Utah State University (USU), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Utah.

Utah State University (USU)

USU has two U.S. History courses worth taking a look at: History of Utah and U.S. Institutions. History of Utah is a reading and writing intensive course that focuses on events of historical importance within the state. U.S. Institutions explores the origins and evolution of the Constitution.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT's Open Courseware provides several course topics in American history. The Places of Migration in United States History focuses on immigration to the U.S. since the mid-19th century. The Civil War and Reconstruction inspects the causes and effects of the Civil War between 1861 and 1865.

University of Utah

The University of Utah has allowed Studyblue to post terms and tests from their American Civilization 1700 course. This course scans American civilization from the colonial period to the present.

Free Online U.S. History Courses at a Glance

Course & SchoolProgram LevelFormatAssignmentsQuizzes & ExamsDownloadable
History of Utah course from USUUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesNoNo
U.S. Institutions course from USUUndergraduateText LessonsNoNoNo
The Places of Migration in United States History course from MITUndergraduateText LessonsYesNoYes
The Civil War and Reconstruction course from MITUndergraduateText LessonsYesYesYes
America in the Nuclear Age course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesNoYes
America in Depression and War course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesNoYes
War & American Society course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesNoYes
Prohibition and Permission course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesYesYes
Out of Ground Zero: Catastrophe and Memory course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesNoNoYes
The Emergence of Modern America 1865-Present course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesNoYes
American Civilization 1700 course from University of UtahUndergraduateStudy/Test MaterialsNoYesNo

Popular Schools

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    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)
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    2. 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
    3. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Liberal Arts
      • Master of Arts in Museum Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Southern New Hampshire University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MA in History: American History
      • MA in 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 Political Science
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    6. Excelsior College

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MA in Liberal Studies
    Bachelor's
      • BA / BS in History
      • BA / BS in Liberal Arts [Without Concentration]
      • BS in Liberal Arts (Professional and Technical Writing)
    Associate's
      • AS in Arts in Liberal Arts
      • AS in Science in Liberal Arts
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Keiser University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.A. - Political Science
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Grand Canyon University

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

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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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Johns Hopkins University

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

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Penn Foster High School

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Southern New Hampshire University

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

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Excelsior College

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  • AS in Arts in Liberal Arts

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Keiser University

  • B.A. - Political Science

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