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Hillsdale Free Classes

Hillsdale College offers free, not-for-credit online courses by its faculty in the subjects of politics, history, literature, government, philosophy, and economics.

These are not strictly secular classes. Hillsdale courses are based on a Christian worldview and are classically liberal in nature. The courses range from 9-12 lectures in length and are an easily digestible 20-40 minutes long. The course includes lectures, Q&A sections, quizzes, and readings (the reading assignments are linked handouts, no books required.)

Some class offerings:

  • The Second World Wars

  • Great American Story: A Land of Hope

  • Aristotle‘s Ethics

  • The Second World Wars

  • The Young Jane Austen

  • Mark Twain

  • Economics 101: The Principles of Free Market Economics

  • The Federalist Papers

  • The US Supreme Court

  • Classic Children’s Literature

  • Athens and Sparta

  • Great Books 101: Ancient to Medieval

  • Great Books 102: Renaissance to Modern

  • Congress: How it Worked and Why it Doesn‘t

  • Western Heritage, From the Book of Genesis to John Locke

  • American Heritage, From Colonial Settlement to the Reagan Revolution

  • Introduction to the Constitution

  • The Meaning and History of the Constitution

  • The Progressive Rejection of the Founding and the Rise of Bureaucratic Despotism

  • The Presidency and the Constitution

And more!

It’s all self-paced, so there is no length to the classes. High school homeschool credit is really awarded at the parents discretion, so I’m not sure if these classes fulfill a reasonable amount of hours for credit or if you’d supplement them with something else or even use them as a supplement to something else.

Hillsdale Class Description

You can find the Hillsdale classes here:

Additionally, you could use some of them to supplement a Modern States course and use the free voucher for CLEP college credit. (

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