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In the many, many offerings on Amazon Prime, it can be easy to miss Amazon’s extensive educational collection. Created by The Great Courses, the online video classes span topics from “how to sing“, which breaks voice technique into actionable items, to “America’s Founding Fathers,” taught by historian Allen Guelzo in collaboration with the Smithsonian. You can even pick up Latin without leaving Amazon (or your couch).
Most of these educational series are available to rent or buy by episode (typically $2), or season (usually $60), but Amazon also has $7.99/month The Great Courses Signature Collection subscription with a free, week-long trial — similar to its other channels. If you’re looking for a cheap and easy way to learn something new, make history exciting to your kids, or balance out the mental “junk food” that is rewatching “The Bachelorette” — this Amazon service could be a great, low-lift place to start.
Like other eligible Amazon Prime videos, The Great Courses also include the option of a “watch party,” where you can remotely stream and chat about the show with other people in real-time.
10 popular educational videos from The Great Courses on Amazon:
In collaboration with Smithsonian, this 36-episode series focuses on the creation of the US constitution. Using the Founding Fathers as a lens, the series also examines the early political history of the United States.
With help from the archives of the television network, History, this series explores the brotherhoods, sisterhoods, orders, cults, and cabals that have influenced culture — from the Illuminati and Freemasons to the Mafia and the Knights of Templar.
This 24-episode series breaks voice technique into actionable items focused on building flexibility and range. Viewers will learn about clear tone and resonance, among other topics.
Johns Hopkins Professor Sabine Stanley introduces viewers to what scientists know — and don’t yet know — about our solar system. NASA images from telescopes, cameras, and laboratories illustrate its vastness and beauty.
The Roman Republic looms large in human history — its innovations, myths, and power influenced prominent figures in the distant future, like the US’ Founding Fathers. In this 24-episode series, viewers get to take a look at what made the Roman state so powerful.
Taught by archaeologist and National Geographic Explorer Eric H. Cline, this 24-episode series explores what actually happens during an archaeological dig by focusing on the world’s most famous sites.
In 36 heavily illustrated episodes, Professor Bruce H. Edwards helps viewers better understand precalculus and trigonometry by walking them through the main points of a precalculus course you’d find in high school or college.
This 24-episode series takes viewers through 12 pivotal civilizations in South America, a destination that offers unique insight into how human societies are formed. Through the lens of archaeology, viewers gain insight into each location’s creative vision and incredible achievements.
Bill Briwa, a chef-instructor from The Culinary Institute of America, teaches the fundamentals of great cooking in this 12-hour course.