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4 weeks / 6 hours per week

About This Course

This course reviews materials intended to acquire a general knowledge of literature, art, music and the other performing arts. Our goal is to prepare you to pass the College Board’s CLEP examination and obtain college credit for free.

Through the guidance of Dr. José Antonio Mazzotti, from Tufts University, this course will provide a broad coverage in Humanities, with questions on all periods from classical to contemporary, and in many different fields: poetry, prose, philosophy, art, architecture, music, dance, theater and film.

“Humanities” is a completely self-paced course. It has no prerequisites and it is offered entirely for free.

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How is this course organized?

This course is organized into two large topics: Literature and The Arts, that contain short video lessons, exercises and reading.

All of the course material has been released at once so you can complete it anytime.

What do I need to pass the CLEP exam?

You will be required to demonstrate an understanding of the humanities through recollection of specific information, comprehension and application of concepts, and analysis and interpretation of various works of art.

The exam contains approximately 140 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. Please examine our syllabus once you enroll in the course.

How does this course differ from other CLEP textbooks and traditional courses?

This online course includes a carefully structured series of video lectures and exercises taught by a top quality university professor.




Navigating Through Our Platform

CLEP Program   

Modern States Education Alliance   

Introduce Yourself

Frequently Asked Questions

1. The Classical Period

1.0 Introduction to the Classical Period   

1.1 Ancient Greece   

1.2 Ancient Rome   

2. The Middle Ages

2.0 Introduction to the Middle Ages   

2.1 Between Antiquity and Modernity   

2.2 Estates of the Realm: Feudal Lords, Clergy, Peasants   

2.3 The Crusades   

2.4 The Preservation of Knowledge and the Role of Jews and Muslims   

2.5 Theology and Philosophy: Neo-Platonism, Scholasticism and Thomism   

2.6 Dante Alighieri: The Metaphysical View of the Afterlife   

2.7 The Invention of Printing and the Beginning of Transoceanic Explorations   

3. The Renaissance

3.0 Introduction to the Renaissance   

3.1 The Renaissance: A Return to the Classics   

3.2 Main Figures   

3.3 Poetry and Drama: Petrarch, Garcilaso, Shakespeare   

3.4 Philosophy: Neo-Platonism and Neo-Scholasticism   

3.5 Political Thought: Luther, Erasmus and Macchiavelli   

3.6 The European Expansion: Amerindian Cultures, Asian Cultures, African Slavery   

4. The Baroque and the Enlightenment

4.0 Introduction to the Baroque and the Enlightenment   

4.1 What is the Baroque? What is the Enlightenment?   

4.2 Rationalism vs. Empiricism   

4.3 Baroque and Enlightened Art   

4.4 Baroque and Enlightened Music   

4.5 Baroque and Enlightened Literature   

4.6 The Enlightenment and the New Ideas of Modernity   

5. Romanticism and Realism

5.0 Introduction to Romanticism and Realism   

5.1 What is Romanticism? What is Realism?   

5.2 Romantic Literature   

5.3 Romantic Music   

5.4 Romantic Art   

5.5 The Realist Reaction   

6. Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

6.0 Introduction to Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries   

6.1 Revolution and Avant-Garde   

6.2 Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Futurism, Dadaism, Cubism, Imagism   

6.3 Surrealism and Modern Art   

6.4 Fiction   

6.5 Poetry and Theater   

6.6 Modern Music   

6.7 Film   

Sample CLEP Questions

Questions 1 - 15

Questions 16 - 30

Questions 31 - 45

Questions 46 - 60

Questions 61 - 75

Questions 76 - 90

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Web and Video Resources

Final Steps

Prof. Mazzotti's Recommendation   

Register for the CLEP Exam   

Test Preparation Tips   

How Your Score Is Computed

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