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

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    1. Walden University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD in Human & Social Services - Advanced Research
      • PhD in Human & Social Services - Community & Social Services
      • PhD in Human & Social Services - Community Intervention & Leadership
      • PhD in Human & Social Services - Conflict Management & Negotiation
      • PhD in Human & Social Services - Criminal Justice
      • PhD in Human & Social Services - Disaster, Crisis & Intervention
    Master's
      • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Advanced Clinical Social Practice (Standard: up to 2 courses/term)
      • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Military Social Work (Standard: up to 2 courses/term)
      • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Social Work in Healthcare (Standard: up to 2 courses/term)
      • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Social Work with Children & Families (Standard: up to 2 courses/term)
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Regent University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Marriage & Family Ministry
  • Online Programs Available
    3. New England College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS in Human Services
      • BA in Humanities
    Associate's
      • AS in Human Services
  • Online Programs Available
    4. 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: Executive Leadership
      • MA: Human Services Counseling: Marriage and Family
      • MA: Human Services - Christian Ministries
      • MA: Marriage and Family Therapy
      • Master of Arts in Human Services - Military Resilience
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Marriage and 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. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS - Human Services
  • Online Programs Available
    8. 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: Human Services
      • BA: Liberal Studies
    Associate's
      • AA: Liberal Arts
  • Campus and Online Programs
    9. The Chicago School

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Child and Adolescent Psychology Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD in Psychology - Gerontology
      • DMFT - Child & Adolescent Therapy
      • DMFT - Couple Therapy
      • DMFT - General Family Therapy
    Master's
      • Master of Social Work
      • Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy in General Family Therapy

Featured Schools

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Walden University

  • PhD in Human & Social Services - Advanced Research
  • PhD in Human & Social Services - Community & Social Services
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Advanced Clinical Social Practice (Standard: up to 2 courses/term)
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Military Social Work (Standard: up to 2 courses/term)

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Regent University

  • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Marriage & Family Ministry

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New England College

  • BS in Human Services
  • BA in Humanities
  • AS in Human Services

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Liberty University

  • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Marriage and Family
  • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Traumatology
  • MA: Human Services Counseling: Criminal Justice
  • MA: Human Services Counseling: Executive Leadership

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Grand Canyon University

  • M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy

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Purdue University Global

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

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Colorado State University Global

  • BS - Human Services

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Saint Leo University

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

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