The Great Courses Plus: Americans Focused on History’s Lessons

March’s “What America Is Learning” chart showcases the Top 10 online courses from the over 4,000-hour course catalog

CHANTILLY, Va.--()--The March “What America Is Learning” Top 10 chart from premiere lifelong learning provider The Great Courses Plus features three online courses from a new “History of the Ancient World” series by a scholar drawing connections between the past and present. Holding onto first place for the fourth month in a row is “Cognitive Behavioral Foundations” that looks at how mental techniques can manage serious health issues such as anxiety, trauma, depression and rage.

Two additional courses on this month’s chart explore the link between mind and body, including a Tai Chi primer and “Brain Myths Exploded,” a unique new series from a pioneer of the application of neuroscience to musical training. Additional details on this and other new Plus courses can be found on

“This month’s ‘What America Is Learning’ chart continues to show the dominance of history lessons – while last month our subscribers sought knowledge from ancient astronomy and paleontology, now they are learning through the prism of religion, philosophy, visual arts and more,” said Paul Suijk, president and CEO of The Great Courses. “It’s exciting to see our new course offerings draw a large audience so quickly as we tap into burgeoning interests.”

Other chart movers include a look back at St. Augustine’s The City of God, going from sixth to second position. The popular Yellowstone and drawing lectures maintain their hold among the top five spots from the subscription-based streaming service offering over 4,000 hours of lectures.

Here is the full March “What America Is Learning” chart from The Great Courses Plus:

  1. Cognitive Behavioral Foundations (from the course Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain)
    An introduction to three patients training their minds to improve motivation and interpersonal skills and manage emotions, as taught by Professor Jason M. Satterfield, Ph.D.
  2. Your Passport to The City of God (from the course Books That Matter: The City of God)
    The exploration of St. Augustine’s powerful work looks at why and for whom he wrote it, as well as the book’s lasting impact, as taught by Professor Charles Mathewes, Ph.D.
  3. The Snake and the Crane (from the course Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong)
    An introduction to the standard Yang family short form movements with practical tips for developing your own tai chi routine, as taught by Professor David-Dorian Ross.
  4. Yellowstone: Microcosm of the National Parks (from the course Wonders of the National Parks: A Geology of North America)
    The tour of North America’s National Parks begins with Yellowstone, the breathtaking landscape that inspired conservation and access efforts, as taught by Professor Ford Cochran.
  5. An Introduction to Drawing (from the course How to Draw)
    The first lecture in the art series covers the history of drawing and common misconceptions about talent and genius, as taught by Professor David Brody.
  6. Cities, Civilizations, and Sources (from the course History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective)
    The series begins with an illustration of the risks involved in interpreting archaeological discoveries – from the inherent bias of sources to our own limited perspectives, as taught by Professor Gregory S. Aldrete.
  7. Is Your Brain Perfectly Designed? (from the course Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience)
    A guide to the work-in-progress human brain begins by debunking one of the most fundamental myths about it, as taught by Professor Indre Viskontas, Ph.D.
  8. From Out of the Mesopotamian Mud (from the course History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective)
    A detailed look at the first civilization in world history from its geography and resources, to its religion and structures, as taught by Professor Gregory S. Aldrete.
  9. Jesus-The Man Who Became God (from the course How Jesus Became God)
    The series begins with a look at how the divinity of Jesus was first conceived, a significant question affecting Western civilization, as taught by Professor Bart D. Ehrman, Ph.D., M.Div.
  10. Cultures of the Ancient Near East (from the course History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective)
    The third lecture in the series explores the legacies left behind by a succession of powerful empires, as taught by Professor Gregory S. Aldrete.

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The March “What America Is Learning” Top 10 chart from premiere lifelong learning provider The Great Courses Plus features three online courses from a new “History of the Ancient World” series.


Olmstead Williams
Kaitlen Murphy, 310-824-9000