27 free UPenn courses you can take online, including Wharton business classes

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Achieving Personal and Professional Success Specialization

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Length: 4 months

This specialization helps students build tools for personal and professional success through four of Wharton’s popular courses. Students complete exercises, take self-diagnostic surveys, and read case studies to determine what they want and the best way to achieve their goals. Instead of mainly focusing on organizational practices you’ll find in many business courses, this one focuses on successful personal habits.

Students can enroll in each of the courses individually or in the program as a whole. 

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Foundations of Positive Psychology Specialization

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Length: 5 months

This five-course specialization, taught in part by Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman, the “father of Positive Psychology,” covers key theories and research in the field of positive psychology and offers opportunities to apply them. Students can enroll in each of the courses individually or in the program as a whole.

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Software Development Fundamentals

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Length: 4 weeks

Learn Java for software development in this intermediate computer science course — starting with writing a large program in Java using Java keywords, syntax, and libraries and moving to the environments, tools, and frameworks for modern Java software development. It’s also part of the more intensive Computer Science Essentials for Software Development Professional Certificate program.

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Intellectual Property Law and Policy: Part 1

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Length: 6 weeks

This is a broad introduction to the increasingly important field of intellectual property (IP) law and influential legal cases — how patent law works, policy implications of IP, and more. Part 2 delves into copyright, trademark law, alternatives to IP, and the future of a still-developing area of law.

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Hollywood: History, Industry, Art

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Length: 4 weeks

In order to understand how Hollywood became the powerhouse that it is today, students analyze its rise from the 1920s to now — ranging from how it responded to new technologies to its relationship with independent film and American politics. Students also learn how to critique a film and form an opinion on the future of the industry.

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Programming for the Web with JavaScript

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Length: 4 weeks

Get an introduction to modern web development using JavaScript with this intermediate computer science course. Beyond learning the basics of web page creation with HTML and CSS, you become more comfortable with advanced language features, jQuery, and more. 

This course is also included in the Computer Science Essentials for Software Development Professional Certificate program.

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Business Analytics Specialization

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Length: 6 months

Topic experts from the renowned Wharton School give students an introduction to big data analytics in this five-course specialization. More specifically, the courses show how data analysts talk about and impact business decisions in four areas (marketing, human resources, finance, and operations) to prepare students in thinking analytically and strategically about data. 

Students can enroll in each of the courses individually or in the program as a whole.

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Business Foundations Specialization

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Length: 7 months

This six-course specialization brings together some of Wharton’s top professors to help students build foundational business skills in marketing, finance, accounting, and operations. There’s no prior experience required, and the skills in strategy, decision-making, and other versatile skills can be applied to your career, a burgeoning small business, or business school. 

Students can enroll in each of the courses individually or in the program as a whole.

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Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (“ModPo”)

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Length: 10 weeks

Welcome to ModPo — a lively, fast-paced course that gives students the rundown on modern and contemporary US poetry. The course focuses on experimental verse and ranges from Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman to the Harlem Renaissance and the present. By the end, students will be able to identify major themes and understand “difficult” poems.

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Urban Transit for Livable Cities

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Length: 8 weeks

“Urban Transit” teaches students about transit systems and their impact on cities and their quality of life, from the technical and operational characteristics of transit systems to the policies that can create better balance in the system. This course is designed for transportation engineers, city planners, and “general city planning enthusiasts” — so students who’ve completed engineering, city planning, business, and economics courses may get the most out of it. 

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Introduction to Key Constitutional Concepts and Supreme Court Cases

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Length: 4 weeks 

For those who want a deeper understanding of the American legal system, law professor Kermit Roosevelt, III teaches a beginner-level course on the US Constitution and some seminal Supreme Court cases. Students learn about the Constitution’s origins, how it’s been amended, and the methods of interpreting it. 

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What’s the difference between edX and Coursera, and when would you need to pay for a course?

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When do you need to pay for a course?

The vast majority of courses edX and Coursera are free to enroll in. If you want to upgrade to a version of the course that has features such as graded homework or a certificate of completion, you’ll usually have to pay a fee ($29-$300). It’s also worth noting that both Coursera and edX websites have financial aid, though edX’s process is more convenient.

What’s a Coursera Specialization?

Coursera Specializations are programs that include multiple related classes in order to provide a broader understanding of a subject or skillset.

If a course is part of a Specialization, you can try it for free for seven days and, once the trial is up, will have to pay $39-$79 per month until you cancel. But, you don’t have to use a trial; Look for the small print underneath when you click the “Enroll” button and find “Audit this course” — this way, you’ll be able to access course materials for free (but won’t receive certification).

What’s a certificate?

If you choose to upgrade to a paid version of an edX or Coursera course, you’ll receive a certificate when you successfully complete the class (unless the class is archived). You can show this to employers and schools, and add it to your CV, LinkedIn profile, and resume.

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