Summer Courses

The policy as stated in the Harvard College Handbook for Students is:

Designated Harvard Summer School courses may count for General Education.  Ordinarily, courses count if they are identical to courses that receive General Education credit during the academic year and are taught by the same Harvard faculty members who teach them during the academic year (or by a member of the same department).  Other courses may count, as determined by the Committee on General Education.  Harvard Summer Study Abroad courses will be subject to the same rules.

Many Harvard Summer School courses – both on-campus and abroad – can be used to fulfill current General Education requirements. See Advice for Students to learn more about how students currently have significantly more flexibility in how Gen Ed requirements are met until the launch of the new Program in Fall 2019 and to learn about how students can substitute certain departmental courses for current Gen Ed requirements.

On-Campus Summer School Courses

Many on-campus, seven-week Harvard Summer School courses in FAS subjects are eligible to receive Gen Ed credit.  Please note that online courses are not eligible for Harvard College credit or Gen Ed credit. 

Below is a list of on-campus Summer School 2018 courses approved for Gen Ed credit. Updated February 12, 2018. Please contact us with the course number, title and syllabus if you have questions about on-campus Summer School courses not listed below.


BIOS S-74. Marine Life and Ecosystems of the Sea
Collin H. Johnson (Organismic and Evolutionary Biology)
Science of Living Systems


ECON S-10ab. Principles of Economics
David Laibson (Economics)
Either Empirical and Mathematical Reasoning or United States in the World for On-campus version of course only


GOVT S-20. Introduction to Comparative Politics

Shinju Fujihira (Weatherhead Center for International Affairs)

Societies of the World


GOVT S-30. Introduction to American Government
Jon Rogowski (Government)
United States in the World; Study of the Past


PHIL S-6. The True and the Good
Bernard Nickel (Philosophy)
Culture and Belief


PHIL S-180. Sex and Ethics
Mark D. Jordan (Women, Gender, and Sexuality)
Ethical Reasoning


STAT S-100 Introduction to Quantitative Methods
Michael I. Parzen (Statistics)
Empirical and Mathematical Reasoning for On-campus version of the course only




Summer Study Abroad

Below is a preliminary list of Summer Study Abroad 2019 courses approved for Gen Ed credit, organized by program and then course. Updated December 19, 2018.  Please contact with the course number, title and syllabus if you have questions about Summer Study Abroad courses not listed below.

Harvard Summer Program in Dakar, Senegal
AAAS S-137: Belief, Culture, and Society in Francophone Africa
Either Culture & Belief or Societies of the World, but not both; Study of the Past


Harvard Summer Program in Kyoto, Japan
EALC S-29: Inequality and Society in Contemporary Japan
Culture & Belief

EALC S-33: East Asian Religions – Traditions and Transformations
Either Culture & Belief or Societies of the World, but not both; Study of the Past


Harvard Summer Program in Aix-En-Provence, France
COMP S-134: The Arab and France, Textual Encounters  

COMP S-136: The Arab and European Mediterranean from Colonial to Post-Colonial
Societies of the World


Harvard Summer Program in Nafplio & Thessaloniki, Greece

COMP S-107: Cross-Cultural Contact between East and West from Ancient Times to the Present

Aesthetic & Interpretive Understanding OR Societies of the World, AND Study of the Past


Harvard Summer Program in Oxford, England
BIOS S-112: Darwin and the Origins of Evolutionary Biology
Culture & Belief and Study of the Past
BIOS S-113: Darwin and Contemporary Evolutionary Biology
Science of Living Systems and Study of the Past
Note: Students passing both courses can receive General Education credit for Study of the Past and either Science of Living Systems or Culture and Belief, but not both.


Harvard Summer Program in Paris, France (Cultural Studies)

FREN-S-100 Paris and Its Revolutions

Aesthetic & Interpretive Understanding OR Culture & Belief


Harvard Summer Program in Venice, Italy
ENGL S-36V Venetian Art and the Bible
Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding and Study of the Past
HIST S-35 Nature
Ethical Reasoning
HUMA S-125 The Ethics of Identity
Ethical Reasoning