Where Can I Find Free Online Liberal Arts Courses?

Learn about liberal arts from universities like the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. These online courses are offered for free via each school's OpenCourseWare (OCW) project. Schools offering Liberal Arts degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Liberal arts is an academic discipline that develops analytical skills and knowledge through the study of several subjects. Free online liberal arts courses don't usually award credit. Materials for these courses typically include lecture notes and recommended readings, and you'll likely need a media player to access audio and video recordings.


New Jersey Institute of Technology

The New Jersey Institute of Technology provides OpenCourseWare (OCW) courses based on classes that the College of Science and Liberal Arts originally offered on campus. Materials for a course titled World Literature are provided for free, but you will not receive credit.

What Will I Learn?

You will study poems, novels and short stories from Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. The course also analyzes works by writers such as Toni Morrison, Pablo Neruda and Derek Walcott.

What Materials Are Provided?

There are 22 lectures delivered via audio and video files. Your computer will need a media player to allow you to access the lectures.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Rhetoric is an OCW course available from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that was originally taught in the spring of 2005. You can sample this undergraduate-level course for free without enrolling.

What Will I Learn?

The course introduces you to the principles, practice and history of rhetoric. You will improve your critical and analytical skills as well as your ability to persuade through writing and speaking.

What Assignments Will I Complete?

Assignments include a series of critical reflections on suggested topics. Directions are provided for three major essays, a self-introduction speech and a persuasive speech.

What Materials Are Provided?

A reading list and guidelines for essays and oral presentations are provided. You can also find links for textbook-related websites as well as links to websites on writing style, persuasive writing and rhetorical devices.

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