Yale University Courses


What are Open Yale Courses?

Open Yale Courses (OYC) provides lectures and other materials from selected Yale College courses to the public free of charge via the Internet. The courses span the full range of liberal arts disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences.

  • Registration is not required
  • No course credit, degree, or certificate is available through the Open Yale Courses website.

The online courses are designed for a wide range of people around the world, among them self-directed and life-long learners, educators, and high school and college students. The integrated, highly flexible web interface allows users, in effect, to audit Yale undergraduate courses if they wish to. It also gives the user a wide variety of other options for structuring the learning process, for example downloading, redistributing, and remixing course materials.


Each course includes a full set of class lectures produced in high-quality video accompanied by such other course materials as syllabi, suggested readings, and problem sets. The lectures are available as downloadable videos, and an audio-only version is also offered. In addition, searchable transcripts of each lecture are provided.

Who Leads Open Yale Courses?

Diana E. E. Kleiner, Dunham Professor of History of Art and Classics and former Deputy Provost, is Founding Project Director and Principal Investigator of Open Yale Courses. Professor Kleiner brings to the project a wealth of experience in the development of Internet educational offerings as well as her long-time experience as Yale professor, scholar, and administrator. 

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Who is Participating in Open Yale Courses?

Leading Yale scholars and scientists who teach outstanding courses at the introductory undergraduate level are participating in Open Yale Courses. The project website provides brief biographical information and links to their departmental affiliation.

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Who is Supporting Open Yale Courses?

Open Yale Courses is supported by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, CA. Through its Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative, launched in 2001, the Hewlett Foundation “seeks to use information technology to help equalize access to knowledge and educational opportunities across the world.” The initiative supports “the development and dissemination of high quality content, innovative approaches to remove barriers to the creation, use, re-use and sharing of high quality content, and projects that seek to improve understanding of the demand for openly available content.”

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Can I earn course credit for Open Yale Courses?  

Although no course credit can be earned for courses viewed on the Open Yale Courses website, two of the courses made available through the project can be taken for Yale College credit through the Yale Summer Online. 

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Both professors are teaching their courses to admitted students this summer in an online format. Both courses feature extensive interaction with faculty and fellow students. 

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What License is Used for Open Yale Courses?

The license that covers most of the lectures and other course material on Open Yale Courses is Creative Commons’ Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 license. This license permits the free use or re-purposing of the Open Yale Courses material by others. Under this license you are allowed to download and redistribute the Open Yale Courses material or remix, tweak, and build upon this material to produce new lectures or other types of creations. To be allowed to do so, however, your use of the material must be non-commercial and you must credit Yale [and the appropriate Yale faculty member] as the originators of the material. Additionally, you must license any new use of the Open Yale Courses material under identical terms. 

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Each course includes a full set of class lectures produced in high-quality video accompanied by such other course materials as syllabi, suggested readings, exams, and problem sets. The lectures are available as downloadable videos, and an audio-only version is also offered. In addition, searchable transcripts of each lecture are provided.

DepartmentCourse numberCourse titleProfessor nameDate
African American StudiesAFAM 162African American History: From Emancipation to the Present (2010)Jonathan HollowaySpring 2010
American StudiesAMST 246Hemingway, Fitzgerald, FaulknerWai Chee DimockFall 2011
AstronomyASTR 160Frontiers and Controversies in AstrophysicsCharles BailynSpring 2007
Biomedical EngineeringBENG 100Frontiers of Biomedical EngineeringW. Mark SaltzmanSpring 2008
ChemistryCHEM 125aFreshman Organic Chemistry IJ. Michael McBrideFall 2008
ChemistryCHEM 125bFreshman Organic Chemistry IIJ. Michael McBrideSpring 2011
ClassicsCLCV 205Introduction to Ancient Greek HistoryDonald KaganFall 2007
Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyEEB 122Principles of Evolution, Ecology and BehaviorStephen C. StearnsSpring 2009
EconomicsECON 252Financial Markets (2008)Robert J. ShillerSpring 2008
EconomicsECON 252Financial Markets (2011)Robert J. ShillerSpring 2011
EconomicsECON 251Financial TheoryJohn GeanakoplosFall 2009
EconomicsECON 159Game TheoryBen PolakFall 2007
EnglishENGL 300Introduction to Theory of LiteraturePaul H. FrySpring 2009
EnglishENGL 220MiltonJohn RogersFall 2007
EnglishENGL 310Modern PoetryLangdon HammerSpring 2007
EnglishENGL 291The American Novel Since 1945Amy HungerfordSpring 2008
Environmental StudiesEVST 255Environmental Politics and LawJohn WargoSpring 2010
Geology and GeophysicsGG 140The Atmosphere, the Ocean, and Environmental ChangeRonald B. SmithFall 2011
HistoryHIST 116The American RevolutionJoanne FreemanSpring 2010
HistoryHIST 119The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877David W. BlightSpring 2008
HistoryHIST 210The Early Middle Ages, 284–1000Paul FreedmanFall 2011
HistoryHIST 202European Civilization, 1648-1945John MerrimanFall 2008
HistoryHIST 234Epidemics in Western Society Since 1600Frank SnowdenSpring 2010
HistoryHIST 251Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and StuartsKeith E. WrightsonFall 2009
HistoryHIST 276France Since 1871John MerrimanFall 2007
History of ArtHSAR 252Roman ArchitectureDiana E. E. KleinerSpring 2009
Italian Language and LiteratureITAL 310Dante in TranslationGiuseppe MazzottaFall 2008
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental BiologyMCDB 150Global Problems of Population GrowthRobert WymanSpring 2009
PhilosophyPHIL 181Philosophy and the Science of Human NatureTamar GendlerSpring 2011
PhilosophyPHIL 176DeathShelly KaganSpring 2007
PhysicsPHYS 200Fundamentals of Physics IRamamurti ShankarFall 2006
PhysicsPHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics IIRamamurti ShankarSpring 2010
Political SciencePLSC 270Capitalism: Success, Crisis, and ReformDouglas W. RaeFall 2009
Political SciencePLSC 114Introduction to Political PhilosophySteven B. SmithFall 2006
PsychologyPSYC 110Introduction to PsychologyPaul BloomSpring 2007
PsychologyPSYC 123The Psychology, Biology and Politics of FoodKelly D. BrownellFall 2008
Religious StudiesRLST 152Introduction to the New Testament History and LiteratureDale B. MartinSpring 2009
Religious StudiesRLST 145Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible)Christine HayesFall 2006
SociologySOCY 151Foundations of Modern Social TheoryIván SzelényiFall 2009
Spanish and PortugueseSPAN 300Cervantes’ Don QuixoteRoberto González EchevarríaFall 2009

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