100 Free Ivy League Courses You Can Take Now



Updated April 21, 2022

If you’re considering taking a class or want to learn something new to advance your career or just because you’re interested, you cannot go wrong with free courses that you can take online. 

Coursera alone has hundreds of free online courses taught by professors from prestigious universities, including Ivy League universities. Taking a class is easy — simply sign up and you can begin to learn at your own pace. There’s no stress involved.

So, if you have a few free hours in your week, take your pick from this curated list of 100 free courses taught by Ivy League professors and start delving into topics that interest you.

For ease of reference, we’ve categorized them broadly so, if you prefer, you can jump to the sections you’re interested in. If you take the time to browse the list, though, you may come across a topic that piques your interest and take you on another path. 

Arts and Humanities

Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our TimesYale University

Introduction to Classical MusicYale University

Greek and Roman MythologyUniversity of Pennsylvania

Introduction to Ancient Egypt and Its CivilizationUniversity of Pennsylvania

Ancient Philosophy: Plato & His Predecessors – University of Pennsylvania

Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (“ModPo”)University of Pennsylvania

Ancient Philosophy: Aristotle and His Successors – University of Pennsylvania

Roman ArchitectureYale University

Wonders of Ancient Egypt – University of Pennsylvania

Age of CathedralsYale University

Effective Altruism – Princeton University

A Journey through Western Christianity: from Persecuted Faith to Global Religion (200 – 1650)Yale University

Music and Social ActionYale University

American Education Reform: History, Policy, Practice – University of Pennsylvania

Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of Pennsylvania


Business FoundationsUniversity of Pennsylvania

Business and Financial ModelingUniversity of Pennsylvania

EntrepreneurshipUniversity of Pennsylvania

Foundations of Positive PsychologyUniversity of Pennsylvania

Lending, Crowdfunding and Modern Investing University of Pennsylvania

Construction ManagementColumbia University

Fintech: Foundations & Applications of Financial TechnologyUniversity of Pennsylvania

Business Strategies for A Better WorldUniversity of Pennsylvania

Regulatory ComplianceUniversity of Pennsylvania

Culture-Driven Team BuildingUniversity of Pennsylvania

Finance & Quantitative Modeling for AnalystsUniversity of Pennsylvania

Intellectual Property LawUniversity of Pennsylvania

Financial MarketsYale University

Introduction to Negotiation: A Strategic Playbook for Becoming a Principled and Persuasive NegotiatorYale University

Viral Marketing and How to Craft Contagious ContentUniversity of Pennsylvania

More Introduction to Financial AccountingUniversity of Pennsylvania

Design: Creation of Artifacts in SocietyUniversity of Pennsylvania

Social Impact Strategy: Tools for Entrepreneurs and InnovatorsUniversity of Pennsylvania

CrowdfundingUniversity of Pennsylvania

Computer Science

Algorithms, Part IPrinceton University

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency TechnologiesPrinceton University

Algorithms, Part IIPrinceton University

GamificationUniversity of Pennsylvania

Computer Science: Algorithms, Theory, and MachinesPrinceton University

Computational Thinking for Problem SolvingUniversity of Pennsylvania

Computer Science: Programming with a Purpose – Princeton University

Analysis of AlgorithmsPrinceton University

Data Science

Business AnalyticsUniversity of Pennsylvania

A Crash Course in Causality: Inferring Causal Effects from Observational DataUniversity of Pennsylvania

Causal InferenceColumbia University

Causal Inference 2Columbia University


Bats, Ducks, and Pandemics: An Introduction to One Health PolicyPrinceton University

The Business of Health CareUniversity of Pennsylvania

Healthcare LawUniversity of Pennsylvania

Introduction to PsychologyYale University

Vital Signs: Understanding What the Body Is Telling UsUniversity of Pennsylvania

Everyday Parenting: The ABCs of Child RearingYale University

Anatomy of the Chest, Abdomen, and PelvisYale University

Moralities of Everyday LifeYale University

Anatomy of the Upper and Lower ExtremetiesYale University

Introduction to Breast CancerYale University

Essentials of Global HealthYale University

Introduction to Dental MedicineUniversity of Pennsylvania

The Oral Cavity: Portal to Health and DiseaseUniversity of Pennsylvania

Social Norms, Social Change IIUniversity of Pennsylvania

Addiction Treatment: Clinical Skills for Healthcare ProvidersYale University

Feeding the WorldUniversity of Pennsylvania

HI-FIVE: Health Informatics For Innovation, Value & Enrichment (Clinical Perspective)Columbia University

HI-FIVE: Health Informatics For Innovation, Value & Enrichment (Administrative/IT Perspective)Columbia University
HI-FIVE: Health Informatics For Innovation, Value & Enrichment (Social/Peer Perspective)Columbia University

Language Learning

English for Career DevelopmentUniversity of Pennsylvania

English for Business and EntrepreneurshipUniversity of Pennsylvania

English for Science, Technology, Engineering, and MathematicsUniversity of Pennsylvania

English for JournalismUniversity of Pennsylvania

English for Media LiteracyUniversity of Pennsylvania

Math and Logic

Calculus: Single Variable Part 1 – FunctionsUniversity of Pennsylvania

Single Variable CalculusUniversity of Pennsylvania

Calculus: Single Variable Part 2 – DifferentiationUniversity of Pennsylvania

Calculus: Single Variable Part 4 – ApplicationsUniversity of Pennsylvania

Calculus: Single Variable Part 3 – IntegrationUniversity of Pennsylvania

Analytic CombinatoricsPrinceton University

Personal Development

Achieving Personal and Professional SuccessUniversity of Pennsylvania

The Science of Well-Being Yale University

Managing Emotions in Times of Uncertainty & Stress Yale University

East Asian Religions and EcologyYale University

South Asian Religions and EcologyYale University

Applying to U.S. UniversitiesUniversity of Pennsylvania

Physical Science and Engineering

RoboticsUniversity of Pennsylvania

Computer ArchitecturePrinceton University

The Age of Sustainable DevelopmentColumbia University

MOS TransistorsColumbia University

Imagining Other EarthsPrinceton University

Exploring Renewable Energy SchemesUniversity of Pennsylvania

Social Sciences

Social Policy for Social Services & Health PractitionersColumbia University

Social Norms, Social Change IUniversity of Pennsylvania

An Introduction to American LawUniversity of Pennsylvania

Economics of Money and BankingColumbia University

Moral Foundations of PoliticsYale University

A Law Student’s ToolkitYale University

The Global Financial CrisisYale University

American Contract Law IYale University

Microeconomics: The Power of MarketsUniversity of Pennsylvania

Paradoxes of WarPrinceton University

Introduction to Key Constitutional Concepts and Supreme Court CasesUniversity of Pennsylvania

Microeconomics: When Markets FailUniversity of Pennsylvania

Network Dynamics of Social BehaviorUniversity of Pennsylvania

America’s Written ConstitutionYale University

America’s Unwritten ConstitutionYale University

Arts and Culture StrategyUniversity of Pennsylvania

American Contract Law II – Yale University

Orchestrating Whole Classroom DiscussionUniversity of Pennsylvania

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