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Christian MOOCs in your Homeschool

Massive Open Online Courses, called “MOOCs” are a fantastic opportunity for you to bring college level learning into your homeschool for free. We have a full page about MOOCs, but this post will feature a large Christian MOOC program offered through Hillsdale College.

Hillsdale College Official Course Page

HS4CC page featuring more MOOCS

Hillsdale College (Michigan) is unique because they are a regionally accredited Christian college completely free from government funding or participation in financial aid. Their regular college program is considered conservative/religious and based heavily around the Great Books.

This To my knowledge, they were the first Christian college to offer a MOOCs program. Their current catalog contains 39 courses in politics/government, literature, economics, philosophy, science, and history.

Like all MOOCs, they are open to anyone of any age without testing or admissions criteria. You will not get college credit directly from Hillsdale for these course. But these are perfect courses you can use for high school credit, and then with some exam prep, your teen can pursue college credit by exam (yes, you CAN use Christian courses to prepare for secular college credit exams CLEP, AP, and DSST).

Registration is very fast an easy- it took me under 60 seconds.

The subject category for each course is provided – use that as your guide when building your high school program.

Course length varies, but the format for each is roughly the same. Expect recorded lectures (about a dozen), assigned reading, short quizzes, discussion forums, study guide, and a certificate of completion.

If you prefer to work offline, they do make some (all ?) of their courses available on DVD. To access purchase information, enroll directly in the course.

HS4CC high school credit recommendation: 1/2 credit each

  1. History Ancient Christianity
  2. Mathematics & Natural Sciences The Great Principles of Chemistry
  3. Politics The American Left: From Liberalism to Despotism
  4. Politics The Real American Founding: A Conversation
  5. Economics Supply-Side Economics and American Prosperity with Arthur Laffer
  6. Philosophy & Religion C.S. Lewis on Christianity
  7. History The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic
  8. History American Citizenship and Its Decline
  9. Literature The David Story: Shepherd, Father, King
  10. Literature Dante’s Divine Comedy
  11. Mathematics & Natural Sciences Mathematics and Logic: From Euclid to Modern Geometry
  12. Politics Civil Rights in American History
  13. Philosophy & Religion Introduction to Western Philosophy
  14. Literature Classic Children’s Literature
  15. History The Great American Story: A Land of Hope
  16. Politics Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution
  17. Literature The Genesis Story: Reading Biblical Narratives
  18. Philosophy & Religion Introduction to Aristotle’s Ethics: How to Lead a Good Life
  19. Second World Wars
  20. Politics Congress: How It Worked and Why It Doesn’t
  21. Literature The Young Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey
  22. Heritage: From the Book of Genesis to John Locke
  23. Literature Mark Twain: Tom SawyerHuckleberry Finn, and Selected Short Stories
  24. Politics Introduction to the Constitution
  25. Philosophy & Religion Theology 101: The Western Theological Tradition
  26. History American Heritage: From Colonial Settlement to the Current Day
  27. Literature Shakespeare: Hamlet and The Tempest
  28. Politics The U.S. Supreme Court
  29. History Athens and Sparta
  30. Politics Public Policy from a Constitutional Viewpoint
  31. LiteratureAn Introduction to C.S. Lewis: Writings and Significance
  32. History Winston Churchill and Statesmanship
  33. Politics The Federalist Papers
  34. Philosophy & Religion A Proper Understanding of K-12 Education: Theory and Practice
  35. Literature Great Books 102: Renaissance to Modern
  36. Politics The Presidency and the Constitution
  37. Literature Great Books 101: Ancient to Medieval
  38. Politics Constitution 201: The Progressive Rejection of the Founding and the Rise of Bureaucratic Despotism
  39. Economics Economics 101: The Principles of Free Market Economics

If you are looking for college credit, they also offer 2 options for high school students – both programs carry a cost and require registration.

(1) Summer Study & Travel (10th-12th grades) Learn More

(2) Dual Enrollment (11th 12th grades) Learn More


Executive Director of Homeschooling for College Credit