Summer Courses

The policy as stated in the Harvard College Handbook for Students is:

Designated Harvard Summer School courses may count for General Education.  Ordinarily, courses count if they are identical to courses that receive General Education credit during the academic year and are taught by the same Harvard faculty members who teach them during the academic year (or by a member of the same department).  Other courses may count, as determined by the Committee on General Education.  Harvard Summer Study Abroad courses will be subject to the same rules.

Many Harvard Summer School courses – both on-campus and abroad – can be used to fulfill current General Education requirements. See Advice for Students to learn more about how students currently have significantly more flexibility in how Gen Ed requirements are met until the launch of the new Program in Fall 2018 and to learn about how students can substitute certain departmental courses for current Gen Ed requirements.

On-Campus Summer School Courses

Many on-campus, seven-week Harvard Summer School courses in FAS subjects are eligible to receive Gen Ed credit.  Please note that online courses are not eligible for Harvard College credit or Gen Ed credit. 

Below is a list of on-campus Summer School 2017 courses approved for Gen Ed credit. Updated February 15, 2017. Please contact us with the course number, title and syllabus if you have questions about on-campus Summer School courses not listed below. 

BIOS S-74. Marine Life and Ecosystems of the Sea
Collin H. Johnson (Organismic and Evolutionary Biology)
Science of Living Systems

ECON S-10ab. Principles of Economics
David Laibson (Economics)
Either Empirical and Mathematical Reasoning or United States in the World for On-campus version of course only

ENGL S-141. The Enlightenment Invention of the Modern Self
Leo Damrosch (Comparative Literature)
Either Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding or Culture and Belief; Study of the Past

GOVT S-20. Introduction to Comparative Politics
Shinju Fujihira (Weatherhead Center for International Affairs)
Societies of the World

GOVT S-30. Introduction to American Government
Jon Rogowski (Government)
United States in the World; Study of the Past

RELI S-1063. Literature of Journey and Quest
Stephanie A. Paulsell (Harvard Divinity School)
Culture and Belief; Study of the Past

STAT S-100 Introduction to Quantitative Methods
Michael I. Parzen (Statistics)
Empirical and Mathematical Reasoning for On-campus version of the course only

 

 

Summer Study Abroad

Below is a preliminary list of Summer Study Abroad 2017 courses approved for Gen Ed credit, organized by program and then course.  An updated list will be posted by March 2017.  Please contact us with the course number, title and syllabus if you have questions about Summer Study Abroad courses not listed below. 

Harvard Summer Program in Dakar, Senegal
AAAS S-137 Belief, Culture, and Society in Francophone Africa
Either Culture & Belief or Societies of the World, but not both; Study of the Past

Harvard Summer Program in Greece
COMP S-107: Cross-Cultural Contact Between East and West from Ancient Times to the Present
Either Aesthetic & Interpretive Understanding or Societies of the World, but not both; Study of the Past

Harvard Summer Program in Kyoto, Japan
EALC S-29: Inequality and Society in Contemporary Japan
Societies of the World

Harvard Summer Program in Oxford, England
BIOS S-112: Darwin and the Origins of Evolutionary Biology
Culture & Belief and Study of the Past
BIOS S-113: Darwin and Contemporary Evolutionary Biology
Science of Living Systems and Study of the Past
Note: Students passing both courses can receive General Education credit for Study of the Past and either Science of Living Systems or Culture and Belief, but not both. 

Harvard Summer Program in Paris, France
FREN S-100 Paris and Its Revolutions
Either Aesthetic & Interpretive Understanding or Culture & Belief, but not both

Harvard Summer Program in Scandinavia
ANTH S-1095 Viking Studies—History and Archaeology
SCAN S-150 Viking Studies—Lore and Literature

Either Aesthetic & Interpretive Understanding or Culture & Belief, but not both; Study of the Past
Note: Both ANTH S-1095 and SCAN S-150 must be completed to receive Gen Ed credit.

Harvard Summer Program in Trento, Italy
MBB S-100 Magic and the Mind
MBB S-101 Windows into the Structure of the Mind and Brain

Science of Living Systems
Note: Both MBB S-100 and MBB S-101 must be completed to receive Gen Ed credit.

Harvard Summer Program in Venice, Italy
HIST S-35 Nature
Ethical Reasoning
RELI S-15 "If There Is No God, All is Permitted"—Theism and Moral Reasoning
Ethical Reasoning