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Harvard University

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Harvard University is a private institution in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. This Ivy League school is the oldest higher education institution in the country and has the largest endowment of any school in the world.

Bachelor’s Degree

Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree

Start or finish your undergraduate degree part time. In the undergraduate degree program, you can sharpen your written and verbal communication, enhance your critical and analytical capacity, and deepen your knowledge in a chosen field for career advancement and personal growth.

Master’s Degree

History

Examine the past through a variety of critical approaches while engaging in deep investigation of how evidence and historical narratives have developed over time. Through the degree in the field of history you gain perspective of the world today through evidence as well as an understanding of why and how historical events unfolded through argument and interpretation.

Anthropology and Archaeology

Explore human cultures and societies, and gain a deep understanding of our global complexities and their implications on the human experience. Through the graduate program in anthropology and archaeology you build a foundation in the theories and methods of anthropology and archaeology through the investigation of the material culture of past societies.

Foreign Literature, Language, and Culture Degree

Explore global cultures through the lens of humanities or social sciences by taking a multicultural approach to the study of language and arts, ethnography, history, and other aspects of everyday life. Through the degree in foreign literature, language, and culture you gain a deeper understanding of human nature, history, and culture through engagement with the literary traditions.

English

Learn to analyze and interpret literary works through a global lens, applying insights from ethics, anthropology, history, and more. Through the master’s degree in the field of English you build a deeper understanding of literary text style and structure analysis through a variety of critical paradigms.

Joint Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Program

Designed for highly motivated students with a proven track record in the professional arena, this joint degree program provides an accelerated pathway to earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree within four years. Through a cohort experience, you become a big-picture, critical thinker with in-depth management expertise.​

Course

Course Catalogue

This institution offers a wide variety of individual courses for credit. Many of the classes offered in degree programs are made available separately, across multiple areas of study. Use this listing to view full details of the university’s online course options.

Certificate

Museum Studies Certificate

Gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to be an agile museum practitioner for the twenty-first-century museum—one who is always making connections and finding new possibilities in order to keep operations smooth, collections relevant, and visitors inspired.

Middle Eastern Studies

Gain a deeper, multifaceted understanding of the Middle East’s extensive history, culture, religion, government, and societal tensions. In this master’s degree program you examine the region’s contemporary impact on international relations and its role in the global community.

Central Challenges of American National Security, Strategy and the Press: An Introduction

How can Iran be stopped from getting a nuclear bomb—negotiations, sanctions, or military action? As a participant in this course, you will advise the president in deciding whether, and how, the U.S. should act. Once you’ve made your assessment, you will move on to wrestle with other scenarios preoccupying policy makers.

Poetry in America: The Poetry of Early New England

This course, the first installment of the multi-part Poetry in America series, covers American poetry in cultural context through the year 1700. The course begins with Puritan poets–some orthodox, some rebel spirits–who wrote and lived in early New England. Focusing on Anne Bradstreet, Edward Taylor, and Michael Wigglesworth, among others, we explore the interplay between mortal and immortal.

Tangible Things: Discovering History Through Artworks, Artifacts, Scientific Specimens, and the Stuff Around You

In Tangible Things, you will discover how material objects have shaped academic disciplines and reinforced or challenged boundaries between people. This course will draw on some of the most fascinating items housed at Harvard University, highlighting several to give you a sense of the power of learning through tangible things.

The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours

What is it to be human, and how can ancient concepts of the heroic and anti-heroic inform our understanding of the human condition? That question is at the core of The Ancient Greek Hero, which introduces (or reintroduces) students to the great texts of classical Greek culture by focusing on concepts of the Hero in an engaging, highly comparative way.

Poetry in America: Emily Dickinson

This course, the fourth installment of the multi-part Poetry in America series, explores the poetry of Emily Dickinson, one of America’s most distinctive and prolific poets. While Dickinson wrote nearly 2,000 poems during her lifetime, she chose never to publish, opting instead to revisit and revise her works throughout her lifetime.

The Book: Making and Meaning in the Medieval Manuscript

This first module in the multi-part course The Book: Histories Across Time and Space seeks to re-introduce learners to the codex – a handwritten and hand-constructed book – as a three-dimensional object whose characteristics produce meaning in the experience of the reader.

Scrolls in the Age of the Book

This course is an introduction to the making and use of scrolls in the European Middle Ages. The codex, with its portability and instant access to any place in the text, became the dominant container for writing after the 4th century BCE, but scrolls continued to be made. Why and how did the scroll format remain popular and relevant in the age of the codex?

Print and Manuscript in Western Europe, Asia and the Middle East (1450-1650)

In this third module of The Book: Histories Across Space and Time, you will learn how early printed books in mid-fifteenth century Europe were first modeled on medieval manuscripts, but soon developed new conventions that remain familiar to us today. This module also explores printing in East Asia, by wood block and movable type, and the late dominance of manuscript production in the Islamic world

The History of the Book in 17th and 18th Century Europe

We will focus on the importance of books as physical objects and the raw material of literature–namely, paper. By considering the nature of paper and how it was made during the early modern period–from Gutenberg’s time to the early nineteenth century–we can begin to understand the character of books and the way they worked.

Book Sleuthing: The Nineteenth Century

Do you love printed paper and wonder how much longer it will survive in the age of ebooks? Are you curious about how the mass-produced modern book emerged in the first place? Come behind the scenes in Harvard’s libraries to explore the look, feel and even smell of nineteenth-century British and American books in this fifth module of The Book: Histories Across Time and Space.

Monasteries, Schools, and Notaries

Medieval Europe has preserved enormous quantities of books and documents—many millions of pages, in fact—written in Latin and other languages. However, only a tiny percentage of these texts have been edited and published. To gain access to the rest, you need to learn the art and science of reading medieval handwriting,

The Medieval Book of Hours: Art and Devotion in the Later Middle Ages

In this course, we will explore how books of hours provide the closest thing we have to a comprehensive and continuous record of the development of painting across most of western Europe from the later thirteenth through the early sixteenth century.

Books in the Medieval Liturgy

When we think of liturgy today, we imagine short, formal, congregational events happening periodically within the confines of churches. Medieval liturgy, however, took up many hours of every day, filled the city’s largest meeting halls, and even spilled onto the streets. At the center of the medieval liturgy were the books we will study in this course.

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Yale University

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Yale University, located in New Haven, Connecticut, offers a small college life with the resources of a major research institution. Yale students are divided into 12 residential colleges that foster a supportive environment for living, learning and socializing.

Course

Course Catalogue

This institution offers a wide variety of individual courses for credit. Many of the classes offered in degree programs are made available separately, across multiple areas of study. Use this listing to view full details of the university’s online course options.

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Columbia University

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Columbia University has three undergraduate schools: Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and the School of General Studies. This Ivy League, private school guarantees students housing for all four years on campus in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights neighborhood in New York City.

Master’s Degree

Bioethics

The Master of Science in Bioethics, part of Columbia University’s Programs in Bioethics, which also include an Online Certification of Professional Achievement and Online Noncredit Courses, grounds students in historical, philosophical, legal, and social-scientific approaches and models to address bioethical challenges.

Certificate

Bioethics

Increasingly, practitioners in medicine, law, and research must understand and make decisions on complex ethical and moral dilemmas related to advances in biology, biotechnology, and biomedicine. Solutions require specialized and cross-disciplinary knowledge spanning ethics, law, society, culture, public policy, philosophy, religion, economics, history, and even language.

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Stanford University

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The sunny campus of Stanford University is located in California’s Bay Area, about 30 miles from San Francisco. The private institution stresses a multidisciplinary combination of teaching, learning, and research, and students have many opportunities to get involved in research projects.

Course

Hybrid Course Catalogue

This institution offers a wide variety of individual courses for credit. Many of the classes offered in degree programs are made available separately, across multiple areas of study. Use this listing to view full details of the university’s online course options.

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University of Pennsylvania

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Founded by Benjamin Franklin, the University of Pennsylvania is a private institution in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Students can study in one of four schools that grant undergraduate degrees: Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Wharton.

Course

Course Catalogue

This institution offers a wide variety of individual courses for credit. Many of the classes offered in degree programs are made available separately, across multiple areas of study. Use this listing to view full details of the university’s online course options.

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Johns Hopkins University

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Johns Hopkins University is a private institution in Baltimore, Maryland, that offers a wide array of academic programs in the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences, and engineering disciplines. The Hopkins Blue Jays men’s lacrosse team is consistently dominant in the NCAA Division I; other sports teams at Hopkins compete at the Division III level.

Master’s Degree

MA in Museum Studies

The Johns Hopkins MA in Museum Studies offers a perspective on the theory and practice of museums in a changing technological, social and political environment. Geared for current and future museum professionals, it emphasizes technology’s critical role in today’s museum.

Master of Liberal Arts

The Johns Hopkins Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) is a unique, non-traditional graduate degree. Whereas most graduate programs ask you to become more and more specialized, the MLA expects you to both broaden and deepen your educational experience. Established in 1962, the MLA at Hopkins is the first program of its type in the country.

Certificate

Certificate in Digital Curation

The Johns Hopkins University Graduate Certificate in Digital Curation, offered through the graduate program in Museum Studies, advances the education and training of museum and other cultural heritage professionals worldwide in this emerging field. The certificate program offers a specialized curriculum that prepares current and aspiring cultural heritage professionals.

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Northwestern University

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Northwestern University is a private school in Evanston, Ill., about 30 minutes outside of Chicago. Undergraduate students have more than 70 options for majors or can design their own non-traditional degree program.

Certificate

Interdisciplinary Studies

Students enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Studies certificate have the greatest flexibility in their course selection. They may take a range of courses offered through the Liberal Studies certificates of advanced graduate study curriculum in the areas of History, American Studies, Chicago Studies, and Religious and Ethical Studies.

History

Pursue a course of study focusing on the analysis of historical developments, events, and interpretations. Students will deepen their understanding of current scholarship on the past, as well as of the fundamental problems of historical evidence and explanation.

Chicago Studies Advanced Graduate Program

Take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Chicago, choosing from courses on its history, literature, culture, or social characteristics. The emphasis will be not only on Chicago’s particular traits, but on this city’s place in a national and indeed global universe of great cities.

American Studies

Pursue an interdisciplinary course of study allowing intensive examination of the culture, society, political system, and other aspects of the United States. Students may engage in comparative study of history, literature, visual media, or other materials produced by and helping to constitute American culture.

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Washington University in St. Louis

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Students can study architecture, art, arts and sciences, business, and engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, a private research institution in Missouri. Outside of class, about a quarter of the student body is involved in Greek life.

Course

Course Catalogue

This institution offers a wide variety of individual courses for credit. Many of the classes offered in degree programs are made available separately, across multiple areas of study. Use this listing to view full details of the university’s online course options.

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Rice University

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Rice University is located in the heart of the Museum District in Houston, TX. The private institution has a need-blind admissions policy and meets the full demonstrated need of any accepted student who requires help paying tuition.

Course

Course Catalogue

This institution offers a wide variety of individual courses for credit. Many of the classes offered in degree programs are made available separately, across multiple areas of study. Use this listing to view full details of the university’s online course options.

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University of California—Berkeley

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The University of California—Berkeley overlooks the San Francisco Bay in Berkeley, Calif. Students at this public school have more than 700 organizations to get involved in, including more than 55 fraternity and sorority chapters.

Course

Course Catalogue

This institution offers a wide variety of individual courses for credit. Many of the classes offered in degree programs are made available separately, across multiple areas of study. Use this listing to view full details of the university’s online course options.