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. Regent University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Government
      • Master of Arts in Government - American Government
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Arts in English - History
      • Bachelor of Arts in History
      • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - History
      • Bachelor of Arts in Government - American Government and Politics
      • Bachelor of Arts in Political Communication
      • Bachelor of Arts in Politics and History
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
      • Bachelor: Liberal Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
  • Cambridge, MA

    Harvard University

  • Philadelphia, PA

    University of Pennsylvania

  • Online Programs Available
    7. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS: Political Science
    Bachelor's
      • BS: History
      • BS: Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Stanford, CA

    Stanford University

  • Durham, NC

    Duke University

Featured Schools

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

Grand Canyon University

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

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Regent University

  • Master of Arts in Government
  • Master of Arts in Government - American Government
  • Bachelor of Arts in English - History
  • Bachelor of Arts in History

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Purdue University Global

  • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
  • Bachelor: Liberal Studies

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Penn Foster High School

  • HS Diploma

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Liberty University

  • MS: Political Science
  • BS: History
  • BS: Interdisciplinary Studies

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