Online Courses

 

We don't all get to take every course we want to, so here are some you might have missed.

Self-paced online classes can be a great way to keep learning when you're no longer in school or during the summer. Oftentimes you can work on them as you commute, work out, or in your downtime. Below is only a handful of courses that are available right now. Do note that some of these programs offer a certificate or micro-degree that costs money, but the courses themselves may be available for free with no degree or certification.

Disclaimer: We have not reviewed the material of every one of these courses and do not endorse any of the material, speakers, or other content of these courses. If you have an issue with one of the courses, or if you have other courses to suggest, please reach out to us.

Aside from these online courses, you can check various course providers catalogs for other courses that span numerous disciplines. Lynda.com and Kanopy are other online resources that many colleges, universities, and public libraries have access to. Check your university or public library to see if you have access to these.

African American Studies

African American History: From Emancipation to the Present
Open Yale Courses
The purpose of this course is to examine the African American experience in the United States from 1863 to the present.

Asian Studies

China Humanities: The Individual in Chinese Culture
edX
Explore Chinese history and culture from the perspective of the individual through philosophical texts, literary works, and art.

ChinaX: China's Past, Present, and Future
edX
This 10-course series seeks to understand China in the twenty-first century and as a great world civilization that developed along lines different from those of the Mediterranean.

Chinese Thought: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Science - Part 1
edX
An introduction to early Chinese thought, exploring connections with Western philosophy, spirituality, mindfulness, modern science and everyday life.

History of Chinese Architecture
edX
This course explores China's rich and varied architectural history.

Hong Kong Cinema through a Global Lens
edX
Explore globalization through Hong Kong film classics of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Maggie Cheung, among others.

Humanity and Nature in Chinese Thought
edX
Think along with Classical Chinese masters as they explore and debate how and where we can find ethical guidance in nature.

Introduction to Ci Poems in the Tang and Song Dynasty
edX
Starting with the definition and origin of Ci Poems, this course will introduce you to the representative writers, works, and important genres of Tang and Song poetry.

Introduction to Mao Zedong Thought
edX
Mao Zedong founded the People's Republic of China in 1949, but who was he and how did his theories, strategies, and policies shape modern China?

Japanese Culture and Art
edX
Learn about traditional Japanese art including sculpture, Yamato, Ikebana, Kabuki, and much more.

Modern Japanese Architecture: From Meiji Restoration to Today
edX
Explore traditional Japanese architecture and related political influences starting with the introduction of Western building styles in the 19th century to the influence of Le Corbusier in the mid-20th century.

Southeast Asian Culture
edX
This course teaches Southeast Asian religions, customs, dress, architecture, as well as the influences of various cultures in the region.

Visualizing Japan
edX
This 3-course series examines the modern history of Japan, from the 1850s to 1930s, as well as that of postwar Tokyo through the rich historical visual records.

Education

Education Reform Series
Canvas
The ExcelInEd Education Reform series empowers you to build an educational system that prepares all students for success in the 21st century.

Saving Schools: Reforming the U.S. Education System
edX
An overview of the past, present, and future of the United States public K-12 education system.

Languages

AP® Spanish Language and Culture
edX
Perfect your Spanish speaking and writing skills while learning about the cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world to prepare for the AP® Spanish Language and Culture exam.

Arabic for Global Exchange
Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative
This is a mini-course for individuals with no proficiency or extremely limited knowledge of Arabic language and culture who are about to begin study or work in an Arabic-speaking context.

Basic Spanish 1
edX
Learn Spanish and explore Spanish culture in this introductory language course, designed for English speakers.

Basic Spanish 2
edX
Beginners course for learners of Spanish that focuses not only on language, but also on cultural aspects, specifically designed for English speakers.

Elementary Chinese I
Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative
Elementary Chinese I aims to help beginners develop communicative competence in the basic four skills and culture of Chinese.

Intermediate Chinese Grammar
edX
Learn Chinese grammatical concepts to improve your Chinese language skills in speaking, reading, writing, and translating.

Japanese Culture and Language (I)
edX
Join this course to learn some basic Japanese and about Japanese lifestyles and culture.

Japanese Culture and Language (I)
edX
Join this course to learn some basic Japanese and about Japanese lifestyles and culture.

Japanese Pronunciation for Communication
edX
Practice pronunciation and improve your spoken Japanese in context

MandarinX
edX
This 5-course series goes through three levels of Basic Mandarin as well as Mandarin Chinese for Business.

Sign Language Structure, Learning, and Change
edX
Whether you are fluent in sign language or simply interested in learning more, join us on a journey through the history and evolution of American Sign Language.

Public Policy

Public Policy Analysis for Engineers
Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative
This course will introduce students to the interrelationship of engineering and public policy, how to conduct neutral policy analysis, and then apply that knowledge in case studies to practice the skills that they have learned.

Religious Studies

Buddhism Through Its Scriptures
edX
Learn about the rich and diverse beliefs and practices of Buddhists across time and place.

Hinduism Through Its Scriptures
edX
Learn about the rich diversity of Hindu sacred texts—hymns, narratives, philosophical thought—and their interpretations.

Introduction to the Quran: The Scripture of Islam
edX
Discover the themes of the Quran, its role within Islam, meaning to Muslims, and relationship with the Bible.

Islam Through Its Scriptures
edX
Learn about the Quran, the central sacred text of Islam, through an exploration of the rich diversity of roles and interpretations in Muslim societies.

Social Work

Social Work: Practice, Policy, and Research
edX
This series of 6 courses will help you gain the skills needed to empower individuals, families, communities, and organizations to meet needs and create positive change.

Sociology

Sociology Studies - Social Inequality
Alison
This course gives the leaner an understanding of inequality in society and how many of these inequalities have come about.

Women's Studies

Women Have Always Worked: The U.S. Experience 1700-1920
edX
Learn how women's work has changed the home, the workplace, and the nation from the Colonial Period through World War I.