Online Courses for Credit
Students who would like access to flexible online learning that can be used to earn college credit might want to consider Study.com’s courses on such areas as business, math, science, foreign languages, the social sciences and humanities. Each class includes free text lessons. For a nominal fee, registered members can also watch video lessons taught by subject-matter experts and take self-assessment quizzes to help check their progression, making this an affordable alternative to the tuition associated with traditional credit-bearing classes. Listed below is a sampling of available courses:
Business 103: Introductory Business Law – Survey the history of American law and the legal system before exploring the ins and outs of contract law, property law, labor law, sales and torts.
Economics 102: Macroeconomics – Examine the relationship between supply, demand and market equilibrium. Instructors also discuss indicators of economic growth, productivity and inflation.
History 106: The Civil War and Reconstruction – Learn what life was like in 19th century America and examine the political tensions leading to war. Watch the conflict unfold and explore the effects of Reconstruction.
Math 103: Precalculus – Instructors provide problem-solving steps associated with linear, binomial and polynomial equations. Lessons also show students how to use scientific calculators and compose functions.
English 101: English Literature – Learn the literary terms used to analyze English poetry, fiction and drama from the Middle Ages up to the turn of the 20th century.
Political Science 102: American Government – Components of the Constitution and the powers conferred to each branch of government are among the topics discussed in this course. Instructors also examine the influence of interest groups and the media on the democratic process as well as the goals of various government policies.
Biology 101: Intro to Biology – Get an overview of cell structure and genetics, plant and animal biology, evolution, ecology and social biology.
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Free Online Non-Credited Courses
Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University offers non-credit courses and materials through its free courseware program, the Open Learning Initiative. Self-paced courses involve lessons and self-assessments in subject offerings that include statistics, biology, chemistry, French and English.