Fulfilling Aesthetics & Culture

Aesthetics & CultureThis requirement is only for students graduating after 2019



Fulfilling Aesthetics & Culture before Fall 2019

Students  can take courses that are approved for the current Gen Ed Aesthetic & Interpretive Understanding (AI) requirement or the current Gen Ed Culture & Belief (CB) requirement to fulfill the new Gen Ed requirement in Aesthetics & Culture until the new College requirements take effect in Fall 2019. 
 

Fulfilling Aesthetics & Culture in Fall 2019 or later

Starting in Fall 2019, only courses approved for this new Gen Ed perspective will fulfill Aesthetics & Culture. In summer 2019, a listing of academic year offerings that satisfy this Gen Ed requirement will be available in my.harvard.edu.
 

How it works

When all students are moved to the new requirements in Fall 2019, anyone who has already completed either AI or CB will automatically have fulfilled the new Gen Ed Aesthetics & Culture requirement.
 

Anyone who has already fulfilled both AI and CB will automatically have fulfilled the new Gen Ed Aesthetics & Culture requirement and the new distribution requirement for the Arts & Humanities.
 

Departmental courses taken in Fall 2019 or later cannot fulfill the new Gen Ed requirements, but might fulfill the new distribution requirement.

  • For example, if a student takes Music 1 (a department course approved for AI) before Fall 2019, she will get AI credit, and, once she is moved to the new requirements, will have fulfilled the new Gen Ed Aesthetics & Culture requirement. If she takes Music 1 in Fall 2019 or later (when no departmental courses will be approved for Gen Ed), this course can fulfill only the new Arts & Humanities distribution requirement and cannot fulfill Aesthetics & Culture.

Similarly, Gen Ed courses taken in Fall 2019 or later cannot fulfill the new distribution requirement. 

  • For example, a student who takes both CB 33 and CB 23 before Fall 2019 has completed both Aesthetics & Culture and the distribution requirement in the Arts & Humanities.  Starting Fall 2019, students will be required to take a departmental course to satisfy the Arts & Humanities requirement.