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Where to Find Free Online Psychology Courses

The Top Spots for Free Classes

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Free Psychology Classes
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Are you looking for a free online psychology class? There are a number of places to find these no-expense classes, which can be a great way to expand your knowledge of psychology at little or no cost. The best thing about these classes (aside from the fact that they are FREE, of course) is that you can complete the lectures, readings and assignments at your own pace, whenever and wherever you choose.

It is important to note that in most cases, these classes do not count for college credit. Instead, they offer an affordable and convenient opportunity for self-learning. By taking these courses, students can gain a solid understanding of major topics within psychology.

Also note that none of these courses are designed to offer any type credential or degree. However, taking the time to explore a free class can help you decide if psychology is the right field for you. You will also feel better prepared if you choose to later purse a psychology degree.

Free Introduction to Psychology E-Course from About.com

Our free, ten-week email course is designed to help students and psychology enthusiasts learn more about the basics. The topics covered in the course include personality, intelligence, memory, research methods and development. Be sure to check out the e-course FAQ before you sign up for the course.

MIT OpenCourseware

MIT OpenCourseware offers an excellent selection of courses in the brain and cognitive sciences at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. All of these classes can be completed online via self-study and do not require registration. Some of the offerings you'll find here include Intro to Neuroscience, Social Psychology and Foundations of Cognition. These courses are a great opportunity to access psychology courses from one of the country's top schools, and are the perfect option for those who enjoy learning at their own pace.

Open Yale Courses

Yale University also offers a host of free open-access courses on a wide variety of subjects, including psychology. Their course offerings include "Psych 110: Introduction to Psychology" and "Psych123: The Psychology, Biology and Politics of Food." You can also find free courses in related subjects including sociology and philosophy.

iTunes U

ITunes is another great place to find free, open-access lectures and classes. These lectures are available to students all over the globe and can be downloaded for listening on your home computer or portable music device. Schools including Stanford, MIT, Oxford, and Yale offer course lectures via iTunes. If you are interested in accessing them, be sure to visit iTunes U. Once you have reached the iTunes Store, select the "Social Science" option from the categories, or utilize the search bar to look for available courses and lectures.

Free Careers In Psychology E-Course from About.com

If you are struggling to decide which psychology career is right for you, our free Careers in Psychology email course can help. Whether you are a high school student dreaming of becoming a psychologist or a college student contemplating what you are going to do with your degree once you graduate, this e-course can help you learn more about the options that are available out there. Sign up for the course to get started!

UC Berkeley Free Lectures

If you aren't quite ready to take on a full course, then listening to these free psychology lectures offered by the University of California at Berkeley is a great place to start. In addition to a number of introductory lectures, you'll also find webcasts on a wide variety of topics including Buddhist psychology, clinical psychology, social cognition, human emotion, and the psychology of dreams.

As you can see, there are a number of different places to look online for free psychology courses. Once you have started working on one of these classes, you might want to also check out our study, homework and test resources. Find psychology study tips that will help you get the most out of your classes as well as tips for how to take great psychology notes.

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