Fulfilling the Distribution Requirement

This requirement is only for students graduating after 2018

This page describes how students who entered Harvard before Fall 2018 will be transitioned to the new distribution requirement.  You can learn more about the new distribution requirement on the website of the Office of Undergraduate Education, which oversees the implementation of this new requirement. If you have any questions, please contact divdist@fas.harvard.edu.

Starting in Fall 2018, students can fulfill the new distribution requirement only by taking courses that have been approved for the Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences or Science and Engineering & Applied Science divisional distribution requirement.  General Education courses students take in Fall 2018 or later will not satisfy the new distribution requirement.  Starting in Fall 2017, all courses that satisfy the divisional distribution requirement in Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science and Engineering & Applied Science will be tagged as such in my.harvard.edu.

Arts & HumanitiesArts & Humanities
When all students are moved to the new requirements in Fall 2018, anyone who has already fulfilled both the current General Education Aesthetic & Interpretive Understanding (AI) requirement and the current General Education Culture & Belief (CB) requirement will automatically have fulfilled the new divisional distribution requirement for the Arts & Humanities and the new General Education requirement for Aesthetics & Culture.  Anyone who has taken an approved Arts & Humanities course but has not fulfilled AI or CB will automatically have fulfilled only the new divisional distribution requirement for the Arts & Humanities.  (Anyone who has fulfilled AI or CB will not have fulfilled the new divisional distribution requirement for the Arts & Humanities, but will have fulfilled the new General Education requirement for Aesthetics & Culture.)

Science and Engineering & Applied ScienceScience and Engineering & Applied Science
When all students are moved to the new requirements in Fall 2018, anyone who has already fulfilled both the current General Education Science of Living Systems (SLS) requirement and the current General Education Science of the Physical Universe (SPU) requirement will automatically have fulfilled the new divisional distribution requirement for Science and Engineering & Applied Science and the new General Education requirement for Science & Technology in Society.  Anyone who has taken an approved Science and Engineering & Applied Science course but has not fulfilled SLS or SPU will automatically have fulfilled only the new divisional distribution requirement for Science and Engineering & Applied Science.  (Anyone who has fulfilled SLS or SPU will not have fulfilled the new divisional distribution requirement for Science and Engineering & Applied Science, but will have fulfilled the new General Education requirement for Science & Technology in Society.)

Social ScienceSocial Sciences
When all students are moved to the new requirements in Fall 2018, anyone who has already fulfilled both the current General Education Societies of the World (SW) requirement and the current General Education United States in the World (USW) requirement will automatically have fulfilled the new divisional distribution requirement for the Social Sciences and the new General Education requirement for Histories, Societies, Individuals.  Anyone who has taken an approved Social Sciences course but has not fulfilled SW or USW will automatically have fulfilled only the new divisional distribution requirement for the Social Sciences.  (Anyone who has fulfilled SW or USW will not have fulfilled the new divisional distribution requirement for the Social Sciences, but will have fulfilled the new General Education requirement for Histories, Societies, Individuals.)

Economics 10a or 10b alone can fulfill the new divisional distribution requirement in the Social Sciences.  Students should be aware that this will not be reflected on their Academic Advising Report until Fall 2018, when all students are transitioned to the new requirements.  However, students who use the combination of Economics 10a and 10b to fulfill EMR or USW cannot also use Economics 10a or 10b to fulfill the new Social Sciences distribution requirement.