Classes of 2020, 2021 & 2022

A new set of requirements for Harvard College students will take effect in Fall 2019, replacing the current General Education program, and the Classes of 2020, 2021 & 2022 will transition to those new requirements at that time.

How do I plan for the new College requirements?

  • Gen Ed (4 courses): Aim to complete at least one of the four new Gen Ed requirements each year. One of these can be pass/fail.
  • Distribution (3 courses): Take departmental courses from across the academic divisions of the FAS to fulfill the new distribution requirement. Many students end up fulfilling 2/3 of this requirement by the end of their freshman year as they explore possible concentrations.  Any number of Distribution courses can be taken pass-fail.
  • Empirical and Mathematical Reasoning (1 course): Take at any time a course approved for the Gen Ed Empirical & Mathematical Reasoning requirement or any Math, Applied Math, Computer Science or Statistics course. This must be passed with a letter grade.

During the 2018-19 academic year, you can fulfill the new College requirements by taking courses in the current Gen Ed program.  See Fulfilling New Requirements for information about how to fulfill the new requirements using existing Gen Ed and divisonal courses.

How do I know what courses will fulfill the new College requirements?

  • Check my.harvard to learn whether a course fulfills Gen Ed or distribution requirements. At the bottom of each course description you will see two fields: General Education and Divisional Distribution. If a course fulfills Gen Ed or distribution requirements, that information will be listed here. If the field reads “None,” then it does not.  For examples of how to search for courses that fulfill requirements, you can watch the videos below.

How do I know which requirements I’ve already met, and which I haven’t?

Will Gen Ed requirements I complete before Fall 2019 count for the new requirements?

  • Yes! Any current Gen Ed requirement you complete will count toward one of the new College requirements.

If I take a Divisional Distribution course now, will it count towards the new requirements?

  • Yes! Any courses tagged as fulfilling a Divisional Distribution requirement will count toward the new program, no matter when you take the course.

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