Humanities in Class Online Courses: Frequently Asked Questions

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions below for additional information regarding Humanities in Class online courses.

How do Humanities in Class online courses help teachers?

The National Humanities Center’s catalog of online courses supports teachers’ professional growth, leadership, and expansive understanding of humanities-based scholarly content, using emerging technologies and digital tools to connect teachers to the Center’s scholarly network, programs, and resources. The courses explore topics that promote content and process-based inquiry so participants can then model them for their respective learning communities.

How do I register for the courses?

Course registration links are accessible on the Humanities in Class online courses page.

How often are the courses offered?

Courses are offered five time per year in two fall sessions, two spring sessions, and one summer session.

How long are the courses?

Courses run for 5 to 6 weeks.

Are there designated meeting times?

Humanities in Class courses are offered exclusively online in a blended synchronous/asynchronous learning environment. There are no designated meeting times, with the exception of live opening sessions and pre-scheduled check-ins.

What is the weekly workload for the courses?

Participants are expected to devote 5–7 hours per week to completing course activities. Upon successful completion of each course, participants are awarded 35 professional development hours.

How are the courses developed and led?

Each course has been developed with an established lead scholar, who helps to plan activities and provide resources for group discussions and individual research. Course instructors interact and engage with participants in the discussion forums, via email, and LMS group announcements. There are also opportunities to interact with the instructor, lead scholar, and course participants during select pre-scheduled synchronous course events.

How are the courses graded?

Participants will be graded based on active participation in the course including reading course materials, participating in online discussions, and timely submission of required assignments.

What are the technology requirements? Do I need specific equipment to access the courses?

No specific equipment is required to access the courses. The minimum technology requirements for Humanities in Class online courses are regular access to a computer with an internet connection. High-speed broadband access (LAN, cable, or DSL) is highly recommended.

How do I access my course?

After registering, you will receive a welcome email with your login, password, and details for accessing course content.

How are course activities structured?

Course activities are structured on a “drip schedule” with successive modules opening weekly. Due dates for submitting assignments are built throughout course modules.

How much do courses cost?

The registration fee for courses ranges from $99 to $125. Promotional codes for discounts may be offered during the early registration window.

Can I get a refund if I am unable to participate in a course?

See the course refund policy below.

Refunds: Humanities in Class online course registrants occasionally are presented with circumstances that prevent them from participating. In order to qualify for a refund, registrants must submit a written request according to the following guidelines:

  • If the cancellation request is received more than fourteen (14) days before the course start date, the registrar will refund the course registration, less a $25 cancellation fee.
  • If the cancellation request is received between seven (7) and fourteen (14) days before the start of the course, the registrar will refund fifty percent (50%) of course registration.
  • If the cancellation request is received less than seven (7) days before the start of the course, no refund will be given.

Transfers: Humanities in Class online courses are offered during fall, spring, and summer sessions. In the event that unforeseen circumstances prevent a registrant from participating in a current course offering, they will have the option of transferring the amount paid to a future course.

Cancellations: In the event that an online course is canceled by the National Humanities Center, registrants will be given the option of transferring their registration to another course or receiving a full refund of their registration fee.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions about the online courses?

Thanks for your interest in the Humanities in Class online courses. If you should have additional questions, please email Mike Williams at