Some Gen Ed courses are approved for two categories. However, an individual student will be able to use a particular course to fulfill only one requirement. For courses tagged for two requirements, you will be able to choose which requirement you would like to use it to complete. Please contact the Gen Ed office if you have any questions about Gen Ed courses approved for two categories.
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.
Only Gen Ed courses can be used to fulfill Gen Ed requirements. Departments may elect to have Gen Ed courses count for concentration credit or for secondary field credit. Please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the relevant department to determine whether a particular Gen Ed course can be used for concentration or secondary credit.
Information about enrolling in courses Pass/Fail can be found on the Registrar's website. Once you have enrolled in a course, you can fill out a Change of Petition form in the Documents Center of my.harvard. After completing the form and obtaining the necessary signatures, please submit it to your house.
Please note that no more than one HSS course taught through remote formats may be used to fulfill a General Education requirement. HSS courses taken in 2020 and 2021 (when all courses were offered remotely) do not count towards this limit.
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.
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:
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.