Graduate Seminars in General Education

Harvard faculty interested in developing new General Education courses have the opportunity to offer a Graduate Seminar in General Education (GSGE), which will be committed to the discussion, development, and design of an undergraduate course that will be appropriate for the renewed Program in General Education.  In a GSGE, graduate students actively engage with faculty to consider central conceptual and analytic themes, course design and pedagogy, as well as other important decisions in the development and implementation of General Education courses.  

Interested graduate students should contact the specific faculty members for more information and check with their home departments about whether these courses will fulfill requirements for relevant graduate degrees. 

Please note that GSGEs are graduate-level courses, open to qualified undergraduates by permission of the instructor only, and that undergraduates who enroll in a GSGE do not get General Education credit for completing the course. 

Proposing a Graduate Seminar in General Education

Interested faculty are encouraged to learn more about the renewal of the Program in General Education.  Prior to submitting a GSGE proposal, faculty should meet briefly with the Faculty Chair of the General Education Standing Committee (Ned Hall), and the Administrative Director of the Program in General Education (Stephanie Kenen), to discuss the seminar, the proposed undergraduate course’s fit for the Program, and the course proposal process.  Please contact Mia Metivier ( to schedule a time to meet at your earliest convenience. Completed GSGE Proposal Forms should be submitted by January 10th.

GSGE proposals are reviewed by a joint committee of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Program in General Education. 

Support for Graduate Seminars in General Education

The Committee on General Education works with GSGE faculty to provide guidance as they develop the undergraduate course.  GSGE faculty are encouraged to review the Collegial Tips for GSGEs, compiled from suggestions by colleagues who have previously taught GSGEs and subsequently proposed and taught Gen Ed courses.  There are a number of resources available to faculty developing GSGEs.  Faculty are encouraged to work with the Program in General Education’s Instructional Support Services Team, comprised of representatives from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, the Harvard Writing Project, the Harvard College Library, the Academic Technology Group, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and some of the University Museums.