Self-Paced Courses

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Self-Paced Courses offer graduate-level online instruction in American history by eminent historians, available to watch or listen to on your own time and at your own pace, with no deadlines or expiration dates. The courses can be used to obtain professional development credit.

Each Self-Paced Course includes

  • Five to seven video lectures, each approximately two hours in length, by a leading historian
  • Digital labs and pedagogy sessions
  • MP3 audio recordings of each lecture
  • Primary sources and in-depth readings
  • A series of short quizzes to review your knowledge
  • A certificate of completion for the course

PD Credit

Each Self-Paced Course is equal to 15 professional development contact hours. To learn more, please contact us at [email protected].


  • Standard Price: $39.99
  • Affiliate School and Affiliate Library Price: $29.99


African American History since Emancipation (Self-Paced Course)

Follow the African American struggle to achieve full citizenship in the aftermath of legal slavery, from the rise of Jim Crow to modern-day campaigns against racial injustice. Led by Professor Peniel Joseph, University of Texas at Austin.

Standard Price: $39.99 Affiliate Price: $29.99

Alexander Hamilton's America (Self-Paced Course)

Explore Hamilton's life and legacy, including his formative years, his friends and foes, and his role in the Revolution and in the American economic system. Led by Professor Carol Berkin of Baruch College, in conversation with eminent guest scholars.

Standard Price: $29.99 Affiliate Price: $22.49

Amazing Grace (Self-Paced Course)

Discover the writers and reformers of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries whose passionate poems, sermons, fiction, songs, and slave narratives formed the vanguard of a movement to end American slavery. Led by Professor James Basker, Barnard College.

Standard Price: $39.99 Affiliate Price: $29.99

American Immigration History (Self-Paced Course)

Explore the struggles and achievements of major groups who journeyed to a new home in the United States, including Irish, Italian, Jewish, Asian, and Latino Americans. Led by Professor Vincent Cannato, University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Standard Price: $39.99 Affiliate Price: $29.99

American Indian History (Self-Paced Course)

Join a broad and deep exploration of American Indian history through a series of case studies, including early encounters, the Lewis and Clark expedition, and persistence in the face of government expansion, removal, and assimilation policies. Led by Professor Colin Calloway, Dartmouth College.

Standard Price: $39.99 Affiliate Price: $29.99

Black Writers in American History (Self-Paced Course)

Examine the writing of African American poets, novelists, and essayists – including Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and Ta-Nehisi Coates - and considers how their perspectives have shaped history for all Americans. Led by Professor John Stauffer, Harvard University.

Standard Price: $39.99 Affiliate Price: $29.99

Colonial North America (Self-Paced Course)

Explore the British, French, Spanish, Dutch, and other European colonies in North America in an attempt to understand colonial life on its own terms, rather than simply as a precursor to the American Revolution. Led by Professor John Fea, Messiah College.

Standard Price: $39.99 Affiliate Price: $29.99

Emancipation (Self-Paced Course)

Go beyond the Emancipation Proclamation to dig deeper into the complex process of emancipation, examining the efforts of thousands of men and women struggling for freedom before and during the Civil War. Led by Professor James Oakes, The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Standard Price: $39.99 Affiliate Price: $29.99

Revolutionary America (Self-Paced Course)

Gain insight into the Revolution with new scholarly approaches to traditional topics, including American resistance to British rule, the decision for independence, America's victory, and the role of marginalized groups in the struggle for independence. Led by Professor Denver Brunsman, George Washington University.

Standard Price: $39.99 Affiliate Price: $29.99

The Age of Jefferson (Self-Paced Course)

Explore Jefferson's career and thought, using his eloquent writings to illuminate Jefferson's era from the imperial crisis through his presidency. Led by Professor Peter Onuf, University of Virginia.

Standard Price: $39.99 Affiliate Price: $29.99

The American Civil War (Self-Paced Course)

Consider the legacy and memory, as well as the tactics and military strategy, of the four-year conflict that left six hundred thousand dead, two million refugees, and destroyed legal slavery in the United States. Led by Professor Allen Guelzo, Gettysburg College.

Standard Price: $39.99 Affiliate Price: $29.99

The Global Cold War (Self-Paced Course)

Examine how the Cold War shaped the world – from the conflict’s impact on the culture and daily life of the United States and Russia, to unexpected nations across Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia – using the latest scholarship to delve into the Cold War’s complexities, twists, and turns. Led by Jeremi Suri, University of Texas at Austin.

Standard Price: $39.99 Affiliate Price: $29.99

The Kennedy Presidency (Self-Paced Course)

Through the lenses of imagery, symbolism, media, leadership theory, and public policy, explore the strengths, weaknesses, successes, and failures of President John F. Kennedy. Led by Professor Barbara Perry, The Miller Center, University of Virginia.

Standard Price: $39.99 Affiliate Price: $29.99

The South in American History (Self-Paced Course)

Trace the important role the South has played in American history, from the first permanent English colony in North America, to the emergence and end of the most powerful slave society in the modern world, to the upheavals of the 20th century and the conflicted South we know today. Led by Professor Edward Ayers, University of Virginia.

Standard Price: $39.99 Affiliate Price: $29.99

The Supreme Court and the Constitution in the 20th Century (Self-Paced Course)

Examine nine defining cases and themes to gain an understanding of how regular people, social movement activists, politicians, scholars, lawyers, and judges have fought about what the Constitution means inside and outside of the courtroom. Led by Professor Melvin Urofsky, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Standard Price: $39.99 Affiliate Price: $29.99

The World at War (Self-Paced Course)

Explore the role of the two world wars in shaping modern American history, using scholarly interpretations of what the years 1914-1945 meant for America on a domestic and international level. Led by Professor Michael Neiberg, United States Army War College.

Standard Price: $39.99 Affiliate Price: $29.99

Women and Gender in 19th-Century America (Self-Paced Course)

Examine six moments in the 19th century when women and gender were central to the fundamental struggle and nature of the republic itself, from the aftermath of the American Revolution to the industrialization of America. Led by Professor Stephanie McCurry, Columbia University.

Standard Price: $39.99 Affiliate Price: $29.99

Women and Politics in 20th-Century America (Self-Paced Course)

Explore the struggles and successes of American women fighting for equality in American politics, culture, and life, from the struggle for suffrage through the campaign for fair wages. Led by Professor Linda Gordon, New York University.

Standard Price: $39.99 Affiliate Price: $29.99