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Humanities

Learn everything about Humanities through free online courses from leading universities around the world, including Harvard, Berkeley and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Search for your favorite university or select your preferred course duration or weekly effort. Most of these Humanities courses are self-paced.

Course name
Duration
Effort

The Kennedy Half Century

University of Virginia
Suggested: 9 hours of videos and quizzes
Approx. 10 hours to complete

Transmedia Writing

Michigan State University
Suggested: 3 hours/week
Approx. 23 hours to complete
N/A
Approx. 15 hours to complete

Guitar Scales and Chord Progressions

Berklee College of Music
4 weeks of study, 2-5
Approx. 12 hours to complete
6 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/
Approx. 11 hours to complete

Getting Started with Essay Writing

University of California, Irvine
4 weeks of study, 1-3
Approx. 15 hours to complete

Stalin and Stalinism in Russian History

National Research University Higher School of Economics
10 weeks of study, 3-4 hours
Approx. 34 hours to complete

Emotions: a Philosophical Introduction

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
3-5 hours/week
Approx. 10 hours to complete
7 weeks of study, 2-4
Approx. 26 hours to complete
N/A
Approx. 19 hours to complete

Burgos: Deciphering Secrets of Medieval Spain

University of Colorado System
This is a very intensive course and will require, on average, 10-12 hours of your
Approx. 26 hours to complete

Religions and Society in China

National Research University Higher School of Economics
9 weeks, 3 hours/week
Approx. 16 hours to complete

Visual Elements of User Interface Design

California Institute of the Arts
4 weeks of study, 3-4
Approx. 16 hours to complete
4 weeks of study, 3-4
Approx. 8 hours to complete

The Music of the Beatles

University of Rochester
12-24 hours of videos and
Approx. 19 hours to complete
1 week of study; 4-5 hours
Approx. 7 hours to complete

Intellectual Humility: Practice

The University of Edinburgh
3 weeks of study, 3 levels of commitment: Learn (1.5h/week), Engage (3h/week),
Approx. 8 hours to complete

Soul Beliefs: Causes and Consequences - Unit 2: Belief Systems

Rutgers the State University of New Jersey
3-5 hours/week
Approx. 23 hours to complete

Meditation: A way to achieve your goals in your life

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology(KAIST)
2-3 hours per week
Approx. 14 hours to complete
N/A
Approx. 11 hours to complete

哲学导论(中文版)

The University of Edinburgh
N/A
Approx. 16 hours to complete
5 weeks of study, 2-3
Approx. 25 hours to complete

A tecnologia da produção musical

Berklee College of Music
6 weeks of study, 3-4
Approx. 25 hours to complete
4 hours/week
Approx. 14 hours to complete
5 weeks of study, 2-3 hours per
Approx. 12 hours to complete

The American South: Its Stories, Music, and Art

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
6 hours of videos and quizzes
Approx. 9 hours to complete
N/A
Approx. 6 hours to complete

History of Rock, Part One

University of Rochester
12-24 hours of videos and
Approx. 17 hours to complete

Magic in the Middle Ages

Universitat de Barcelona
N/A
Approx. 13 hours to complete

What is news?

Michigan State University
3 hours/week
Approx. 13 hours to complete
3-5 hours/week
Approx. 21 hours to complete
4 weeks of study, 2-4
Approx. 13 hours to complete
4 weeks of study, 1-2
Approx. 13 hours to complete

Pixel Art for Video Games

Michigan State University
8 hours per week, while the first week will be lighter, later weeks
Approx. 18 hours to complete

Roman Art and Archaeology

University of Arizona
5 hours/week
Approx. 28 hours to complete
N/A
Approx. 6 hours to complete
4 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/
Approx. 11 hours to complete
2-3 hours/week
Approx. 10 hours to complete
6 weeks of study, 3-4 hours /
Approx. 25 hours to complete

Intellectual Humility: Theory

The University of Edinburgh
3 weeks of study, 3 levels of commitment: Learn (1.5h/week), Engage (3h/week),
Approx. 8 hours to complete

Intellectual Humility: Science

The University of Edinburgh
4 weeks of study, 3 levels of commitment: Learn (1.5h/week), Engage (3h/week),
Approx. 11 hours to complete
1-2 hours of study, 30+ hours
Approx. 28 hours to complete

Jazz Improvisation

Berklee College of Music
6 weeks of study, 3-6
Approx. 26 hours to complete

Understanding Russians: Contexts of Intercultural Communication

National Research University Higher School of Economics
8 weeks, 3-4 hours/week
Approx. 26 hours to complete
4 hours/week
Approx. 19 hours to complete

Theatre and Globalization

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU)
3 hours/week
Approx. 14 hours to complete
5 weeks of study, 4-6 hours a
Approx. 13 hours to complete

Seeing Through Photographs

The Museum of Modern Art
6 weeks of study, 1-2
Approx. 16 hours to complete

Mind of the Universe: Science in Progress

Erasmus University Rotterdam
3-5 weeks of study, 1-2 hours per week
Approx. 8 hours to complete

Age of Cathedrals

Yale University
4 hours/week
Approx. 27 hours to complete
7 hours/week
Approx. 55 hours to complete
N/A
Approx. 12 hours to complete
N/A
Approx. 7 hours to complete

Indigenous Canada

University of Alberta
12 weeks, 3-5 hours a week.
Approx. 20 hours to complete

Music Production Capstone

Berklee College of Music
4 weeks of study, 5-8 hours a
Approx. 11 hours to complete

Fundamentals of the Chinese character writing (Part 1)

Saint Petersburg State University
5 hours/week
Approx. 13 hours to complete
5 weeks of study, 1-3
Approx. 15 hours to complete
4 weeks of study, 2-4
Approx. 9 hours to complete
Six weeks of study, 2-3
Approx. 17 hours to complete

Age of Jefferson

University of Virginia
12 hours of videos and quizzes
Approx. 10 hours to complete

Low Poly Art For Video Games

Michigan State University
8 hours per week, while the first week will be lighter, later weeks
Approx. 14 hours to complete

Game Design Document: Define the Art & Concepts

California Institute of the Arts
6 weeks of study, 2-4
Approx. 12 hours to complete

Introduction to Ableton Live

Berklee College of Music
4-6 hours/week
Approx. 15 hours to complete

World Design for Video Games

California Institute of the Arts
3 hours/week
Approx. 11 hours to complete
4 weeks of study
Approx. 9 hours to complete
N/A
Approx. 9 hours to complete

Structuring Values in Modern China

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
7 hours/week
Approx. 16 hours to complete

Getting Started With Music Theory

Michigan State University
4 weeks of study, 2-3
Approx. 23 hours to complete

Scandinavian Film and Television

University of Copenhagen
3-5 hours/week
Approx. 13 hours to complete

Introduction to Multilingual and Multicultural Education

National Research University Higher School of Economics
8 weeks of study, 4-6 hours per
Approx. 23 hours to complete

Gathering and Developing the News

Michigan State University
4 weeks of study, 1-3
Approx. 9 hours to complete

The Politics of Skepticism

Erasmus University Rotterdam
3 hours/week
Approx. 17 hours to complete
3-4 hours/week
Approx. 13 hours to complete

How to Make a Comic Book (Project-Centered Course)

High Tech High Graduate School of Education
6 hours of study, 15 hours of
Approx. 20 hours to complete

Relativism

University of California, Irvine
4 weeks of study, 3 hours/week
Approx. 28 hours to complete

Science & Religion 101

University of Alberta
6 hours/week
Approx. 35 hours to complete

Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas

Curtis Institute of Music
8 hours videos and quizzes
Approx. 32 hours to complete
10 hours of videos and
Approx. 10 hours to complete

So You Think You Know Tango?

Emory University
5 hours/week
Approx. 6 hours to complete
3 weeks of study, 1-2
Approx. 7 hours to complete

Explorations in Confucian Philosophy

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
6 weeks of study, 4-6
Approx. 28 hours to complete

How Music Can Change Your Life

The University of Melbourne
6 weeks of study, 3-4
Approx. 22 hours to complete

Concept Art for Video Games

Michigan State University
4 hours/week
Approx. 14 hours to complete

Music Business Foundations

Berklee College of Music
4 weeks of study, 3-6
Approx. 12 hours to complete
6 Modules; 2-3 hours of study
Approx. 13 hours to complete

Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas Part 3

Curtis Institute of Music
4 hours/week
Approx. 10 hours to complete

UX Design Fundamentals

California Institute of the Arts
4 weeks of study, 3-4
Approx. 25 hours to complete
4 weeks of study, 3 levels of commitment: Learn (1.5h/week), Engage (3h/week),
Approx. 12 hours to complete
6 hours/week
Approx. 9 hours to complete
3 hours/week
Approx. 12 hours to complete
3-5 hours/week
Approx. 17 hours to complete

Russian History: from Lenin to Putin

University of California, Santa Cruz
5 hours/week
Approx. 18 hours to complete

Wonders of Ancient Egypt

University of Pennsylvania
1 to 2 hours per week
Approx. 10 hours to complete

The Ancient Greeks

Wesleyan University
3-5 hours/week
Approx. 23 hours to complete

Big History: Connecting Knowledge

Macquarie University
6 weeks of study, 2-4
Approx. 17 hours to complete

The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem

Tel Aviv University
N/A
Approx. 20 hours to complete

Creating Sounds for Electronic Music

Berklee College of Music
3-5 hours per week
Approx. 21 hours to complete
8 weeks of study, 1-2
Approx. 13 hours to complete
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