A new set of requirements for Harvard College students will take effect in Fall 2018, and the Class of 2021 will be transitioned to those new requirements. Students can use current courses to fulfill requirements in the new program. Information about current Gen Ed categories can be found here.
The new requirements are:
- one General Education course from each of four perspectives,
- one course from each of the three academic divisions within FAS (Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences/SEAS),
- and one course demonstrating quantitative facility.
Please see Key Information below to learn more.
Students’ Academic Advising Reports will reflect the current requirements until Fall 2018, when the new program is launched. Any requirements met in 2017-2018 will count toward the new program requirements starting in Fall 2018. If students have questions about how courses might count, they can find more information on this page and also may contact General Education here.
- All Gen Ed courses students in the Class of 2021 take prior to Fall 2018 will count toward the new requirements.
- Any Gen Ed courses students in the Class of 2021 take in Fall 2018 or after will not count toward the new distribution requirement.
- The current program includes a Study of the Past requirement. The Class of 2021 will not have a Study of the Past requirement.
Many departmental courses not approved for Gen Ed credit can now count for current Gen Ed requirements. Please note the following:
- Only four-unit FAS courses taken for a letter grade can count toward Gen Ed requirements.
- Courses in Expository Writing, language below the advanced level, and Freshman Seminars will not count toward any of the current Gen Ed requirements. Please note that not all advanced language courses can count toward Gen Ed requirements: they must engage primarily in critical inquiry to count. Courses that can fulfill Gen Ed requirements will have a Divisional Distribution designation in the course description on my.harvard.edu. To learn more, see Fulfilling AI & CB, Fulfilling SLS & SPU or Fulfilling SW & USW.
- In certain paired Gen Ed categories (AI/CB, SLS/SPU, SW/USW), a second course in the same category or in its pair will meet both the General Education requirement and the appropriate divisional distribution requirement in the new program. To learn more, see Fulfilling AI & CB, Fulfilling SLS & SPU or Fulfilling SW & USW.
- Math, Applied Math, Computer Science, and Statistics courses can count for either EMR/Quantitative Reasoning requirement or SLS/SPU/Science & Engineering & Applied Science Distribution requirement, but not both.
- Certain on-campus, seven-week Harvard Summer School courses and certain Harvard Summer School Study Abroad courses can count toward Gen Ed requirements. Learn more.