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
ECON S-10ab. Principles of Economics
ENGL S-141. The Enlightenment Invention of the Modern Self
GOVT S-20. Introduction to Comparative Politics
GOVT S-30. Introduction to American Government
RELI S-1063. Literature of Journey and Quest
STAT S-100 Introduction to Quantitative Methods
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
Harvard Summer Program in Greece
Harvard Summer Program in Kyoto, Japan
Harvard Summer Program in Oxford, England
Harvard Summer Program in Paris, France
Harvard Summer Program in Scandinavia
Harvard Summer Program in Trento, Italy
Harvard Summer Program in Venice, Italy