This section of the website features advice about how to fulfill the new set of College requirements that will take effect in the Fall of 2018. Before the start of term in Fall 2018, all students graduating in 2019 or later will be transitioned to these new requirements. At that time, any General Education requirements that students have already fulfilled will count toward the new College requirements, as described here. (Students graduating in or before 2018, see here.)
In the new General Education requirement, students will be required to complete four courses, one from each of the following four General Education perspectives below. Click on one of these links to learn how the current General Education requirement will map onto the new requirement:
- Aesthetics & Culture
- Ethics & Civics
- Histories, Societies, Individuals
- Science & Technology in Society
Starting in Fall 2018, students can fulfill the new General Education requirement only by taking courses that have been approved for the new Program. Departmental courses students take in Fall 2018 or later cannot fulfill the new General Education requirement, but may count for the new distribution requirement.
When students are transitioned to the new College requirements before the start of term in Fall 2018, some successfully completed General Education requirements may count toward the new distribution requirement. Learn how.
Starting in Fall 2018, students can fulfill the new distribution requirement only by taking courses that have been tagged with a divisional distribution in my.harvard. General Education courses students take in Fall 2018 or later cannot fulfill the distribution requirement, but may count for the new General Education requirement.
Until the new Quantitative Reasoning requirement is finalized and takes effect, all students will continue to complete the Empirical & Mathematical Reasoning requirement. Learn more.