Gen Ed courses taken SEM/UEM in Spring 2020 will count towards Gen Ed requirements, but will not count against the limit of fulfilling one Gen Ed requirement with a course taken Pass/Fail.
The next step for Gen Ed will be to take ownership of the course’s catalog listing for continuity, as well as to track course enrollment and Q scores. The Gen Ed office may reach out you to ask that you grant us course catalog access to a departmental course that is being moved into Gen Ed.
It depends. The faculty member may wish for you to inactivate the course in the catalog, effectively “retiring” it, or they may wish to offer it as a departmental course. If they wish to offer it as a departmental course, please contact the Gen Ed office so that we may transfer ownership of the course catalog listing to your department.
No. Only courses explicitly designed for and approved for the new Gen Ed program (with GENED XXXX as a number) will count for General Education credit. This means that you should remove Gen Ed attributes from all departmental courses being offered beginning in Fall 2019. If you have any questions about how to remove Gen Ed attributes, please contact the FAS Registrar’s Office.
The outgoing Program in General education requires that students complete courses in eight different categories, but the new Gen Ed requires only four: Aesthetics & Culture; Ethics & Civics; Histories, Societies, Individuals; and Science & Technology in Society. In the new program, all courses have course codes that consist of “GENED” plus a four-digit number (e.g., GENED 1117). There will be no further use of the categories and course numbers you might be familiar with, such as AI, CB, SW or USW.
The Standing Committee on General Education, composed of faculty members, reviews course proposals, then communicates directly with faculty about whether or not the course is approved. Interested faculty can consult Proposing Courses.
No. It’s important to know that no courses were automatically accepted into the new program. Even Gen Ed courses taught in the current version of the program had to be resubmitted for consideration by the Standing Committee on General Education. This means that some courses were either not submitted by the faculty or not selected by the committee, so it’s important to make sure that all courses you think will be Gen Ed courses are actually staying Gen Ed courses. The Gen Ed office is happy to help you with any questions.
For the Class of 2020 and beyond, the Gen Ed requirements will not be reduced for students who activate Advanced Standing.
The College's Quantitative Reasoning with Data (QRD) requirement introduces you to mathematical, statistical, and computational methods that will enable you to think critically about data as it is employed in fields of inquiry across the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
You can fulfill this requirement by completing a course approved for QRD. A list of courses approved for QRD can be found on the QRD page on the Office of Undergraduate Education website. Current QRD course offerings can be found through the course search in my.harvard.
You must take a departmental course in each of the three main divisions of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences: Arts & Humanities, Science & Engineering, and Social Sciences. Further information about the distribution requirement can be found on the Office of Undergraduate Education site.
You can determine whether a course will fulfill a distribution requirement by examining the course description on my.harvard. Courses can also be searched by divisional affiliation on my.harvard:
There are several ways you can learn which Gen Ed requirement(s) a particular course fulfills:
Ordinarily, only courses already approved for Gen Ed by the Standing Committee on General Education can be used to fulfill Gen Ed requirements.
However, it is possible to petition courses taken prior to Fall 2019 for the Ethics & Civics requirement. If you are interested in submitting a petition, you can do so through the Gen Ed Questions form.
You can explore Gen Ed courses by category. You can also see a complete list of Gen Ed courses, filterable by term offered.
To find information about Gen Ed courses' time and location, please visit my.harvard.
You can fulfill one of your Gen Ed requirements with a course taken Pass/Fail (or SAT/UNSAT).
Gen Ed courses taken SEM/UEM in Spring 2020 will not count against the limit of fulfilling one Gen Ed requirement with a course taken Pass/Fail.
Beginning in Fall 2019, Gen Ed requirements will not be reduced for students who study abroad during term time. However, the Gen Ed requirement will be reduced by one course per term of Harvard College credit earned for term-time study abroad completed before Fall 2019, unless a student is granted a ninth term.