Where Can I Find Free Online Anthropology Courses?

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Utah State University are among postsecondary schools offering free online anthropology courses. These classes include downloadable materials you can use for later study. Find out what you can learn from these courses and the assignments available. Schools offering Social Science degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Studying anthropology can help you better understand yourself and society as well as relate to people in various settings. You can start your anthropology studies with free online courses offered through several accredited universities. These noncredit courses often require a media player and PDF reader, and you might have to purchase or borrow texts to complete assigned readings. One class involve participation in lectures and recitations, which you won't be able to do since access to the professor and other students are not provided.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Through MIT's OpenCourseWare website, you can access two anthropology classes that were once taught to campus students. You will not receive credit for completing these course, but you can access course content for free.

Introduction to Anthropology

This course was previously offered on campus at the undergraduate level in Spring 2013. You access study materials on readings, assignments and exams.

What Will I Learn?

This course teaches the concepts and fieldwork methods that cultural anthropologists use to study cultures and societies. You will also examine anthropological conclusions and analyze other cultures.

What Assignments Will I Complete?

You will complete a total of six, 2-page papers on topics, including cultural differences, cultural transformation and marriage patterns of the Juniagu culture. No feedback will be given on your work. Assignments also include describing information observed in two research papers.

What Materials Are Available?

Links to textbook readings and articles are provided on various topics, including cultural traditions, biological differences, morality and cultural symbols. You may download a midterm and final exam study guide and two research papers that deal with ethnographic research.

Anthropological Theory

This free class originated as an on-campus undergraduate course from Spring 2003. The class provides access to readings and study notes.

What Will I Learn?

You will examine the social relevance, origin and contributions of theories that serve as guides for anthropological analysis. The course focuses on theories related to topics, such as social change, culture and subjectivity while examining ongoing debates about these theories. You will need to acquire the texts that contain the assigned readings in order to understand the concepts being reviewed in this course.

What Materials Are Provided?

You can download a PDF version of the course syllabus and view a list of readings from academic and professional publications.

Utah State University

Utah State University offers an Anthropology of Religion course that's presented as a series of video lectures. This course is a non-credit OCW version of a class offered on-campus by the Department of Anthropology.

What Will I Learn?

You will learn why religion is an important and popular part of culture. Materials teach you to examine the anthropological connections between individuals, society and religions. Quizzes are available for topics, such as religious myths and symbols, religious ritual and religious social organization.

What Materials Will I Need?

In order to access this course, you will need a media player to watch videos and Adobe Reader to view PDF lecture notes. Links to related images are also provided. You will also need to order the course textbook to follow along with the lectures.

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