Resources for Students

Understanding the requirements

Students in the Class of 2020 and beyond will graduate under the requirements that take effect in Fall 2019.  Under those requirements, students must take a Gen Ed course in each of the four Gen Ed categories:

  • Aesthetics & Culture
  • Ethics & Civics
  • Histories, Societies, Individuals
  • Science & Technology in Society

In addition, students must fulfill the College's language requirement, Expository Writing requirement, Divisional Distribution requirement, and Quantitative Reasoning with Data requirement.

If you have questions about Gen Ed requirements, please consult our policies and Frequently Asked Questions, fill out our question form, or schedule an appointment by emailing

Tracking your progress towards the College requirements

Your Academic Advising Report (AAR) displays your progress towards the College requirements.  You can access your AAR through my.harvard.  To learn how to generate your AAR, please consult these instructions.

Finding Gen Ed courses

You can find Gen Ed courses offered in the 2021-22 academic year on my.harvard.  First, click on Course Search.  Under Browse Courses, click on Faculty of Arts & Sciences, then General Education.  You can then choose to see all Gen Ed courses or those in a particular category.

You can also explore Gen Ed course offerings on the Gen Ed website.

Courses by category

Courses by semester offered

Enrolling in Gen Ed courses

Information about enrolling in Gen Ed courses is on the Fall 2021 page.

Contacting Gen Ed

The Program in General Education is located on the fourth floor of the Smith Campus Center.  Due to COVID-19, the Gen Ed office is currently working remotely.  Our regular business hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

Students or advisors with questions should complete the Gen Ed question form.

Phone: 617-495-2563
Fax: 617-496-4448

Other College resources