The Great Courses

The Great Courses >


Science and Technology

Physical and Mental Health

The Arts

Ancient History

Culinary Arts


Global Studies & Languages

Modern History

Loading more films...

3,400 Videos in The Great Courses


The Meanings of Color
Part of the Series: How Colors Affect You: What Science Reveals
Begin your exploration of how colors affect you with a look at the general science behind color, first uncovered by Isaac Newton. Then, investigate the pervasive power of color on human behavior with a close look at how color shapes…
The Maya, Aztecs, and Mesoamerica
Part of the Series: Maya to Aztec: Ancient Mesoamerica Revealed
Survey the geography, cultures, and time span covered in these 48 lectures. Dr. Barnhart discusses the organization of the course and key concepts. Then he takes you on a whirlwind tour of important places, civilizations, and events in Mesoamerica.
Why Mindfulness Matters
Part of the Series: The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being
Begin by exploring the nature of mindfulness practice as a means of developing awareness with acceptance of our present experience. Review its remarkable range of psychological and physical benefits, dispel common misconceptions, and uncover the three core skills it employs…
Mind, Body, and Questions of Consciousness
Part of the Series: Mind-Body Philosophy
The 3.5 pounds of gray matter in your skull processes all the information you need to live and thrive - from the functioning of your physical body to your relationships with loved ones. But how can the physical matter of…
An Introduction to Drawing
Episode 1 of How to Draw
Begin by considering the remarkable history of drawing, a history that has produced knowledge, methodology, and techniques that are readily learnable. Assess common misconceptions about talent and genius; discover how learning to see analytically and abstractly helps us draw; and…
Time Travel, Tunneling, Tennis, and Tea
Part of the Series: Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution
What are the two big ideas of modern physics? How can nonscientists gain a handle on these ideas and the radical changes they bring to our philosophical thinking about the physical world?
Introduction to the Spanish Language
Episode 1 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
Begin by looking at both the "whats" of Spanish (elements such as grammar and vocabulary), and the "hows"--how to study, practice, and learn the language most effectively. Start with identifying cognates (Spanish words that are similar to their English equivalents),…
Introduction and the Old Regime Monarchy
Episode 1 of Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon Course
Take a first look at the complexities of overthrowing a monarchy and constructing a democracy. This first episode introduces you to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette and lays the groundwork for the gripping drama of the French Revolution.
History's Mysteries
Episode 1 of The Inexplicable Universe
Begin this journey by taking a closer look at concepts that were once unexplainable but are now better understood. You'll focus on two such former mysteries: the existence of an invisible "aether" through which light and sound were believed to…
Why Do We Care about Grammar?
Part of the Series: English Grammar Boot Camp
First, examine how we judge what is acceptable or unacceptable in English, and how we distinguish acceptable" from "stylistically preferable." Consider how grammar often takes on larger meanings related to education and culture. Grasp how understanding the differences and diversity…
How Food Is Digested and Absorbed
Episode 3 of Changing Body Composition through Diet and Exercise
Learn about the chemical reactions involved in digestion and absorption and the mechanisms of nutrient partitioning--how nutrients are moved into specific storage areas in your body. Armed with this knowledge, you'll understand why exercise is the best way to use…
Color: Color Theory and Color and Light
Episode 28 of How to Draw
Delve into color theory, beginning with the organization of primary and secondary colors on the color wheel. Learn about analogous and complementary colors, as well as the attributes of hue, value, and saturation. Investigate how color functions in nature, and…
What Is Programming? Why Python?
Episode 1 of How to Program
"Hello, World!" Following tradition, write a program that produces this greeting as your first exercise in coding a computer program. Learn why Python is the ideal computer language for beginners and many others. After this lesson, follow the onscreen instructions…
The Earliest Churches
Part of the Series: The World's Greatest Churches
Begin by considering what defines a church, encompassing both its religious uses and its functions as a place of assembly. Learn how the first churches came into being, based architecturally on the secular pagan "basilica." Study some of the best…
The Power of a Mathematical Picture
Part of the Series: The Power of Mathematical Visualization
Professor Tanton reminisces about his childhood home, where the pattern on the ceiling tiles inspired his career in mathematics. He unlocks the mystery of those tiles, demonstrating the power of visual thinking. Then he shows how similar patterns hold the…
Redefine Adventure (Adventure)
Episode 1 of National Geographic Masters of Photography Course
Follow how Cory Richards's approach to adventure photography has evolved beyond capturing the pure danger of climbing into something larger. Discover ways to reveal the human element in and culture of a locale by using to your advantage techniques including…
How to Draw
Drawing is one of humanity's oldest forms of expression, with existing examples dating back an astonishing 80,000 years or more. Older than written language by tens of thousands of years, drawing developed across millennia, forming the base of many of…
36 videos
Cognitive Behavioral Foundations
Episode 1 of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Begin by meeting Dr. Satterfield's patients--Carol, Michael, and Maria--each with something in their lives that could be helped with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). You will follow these patients throughout the course as you learn the basics of CBT, including how…
Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon Course
The 25 years between the onset of the French Revolution in 1789 and the Bourbon Restoration after Napoleon in 1814 is an astonishing period in world history. Learn the full story of this era that shook the foundations of the…
48 videos
The Black and White Lecture
Part of the Series: How Colors Affect You: What Science Reveals
In this fascinating lecture, Professor Lidwell takes you inside the meanings behind these two elemental colors. You focus on two specific contexts for black and white: competitive contexts (where black signals aggression and white signals submission) and moral contexts (where…