Background

Written in 2007 following a comprehensive Curricular Review, the Report of the Task Force on General Education outlined a new Program in General Education at Harvard College and explained the need for General Education as a part of a liberal education.

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences voted to approve the Report and adopt a new Program in General Education.  The Final Legislation Establishing the New Program, approved in May 2007, outlined the approved categories.  The Program went into effect for students who entered Harvard College starting in September 2009. 

In March 2016, the faculty approved new General Education requirements, which are described in detail on the Program Renewal page of this site.  The new requirements provide more focused attention to the General Education aims, while enabling exploration of the different intellectual domains of the faculty.