Spring 2022

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Spring 2022 Gen Ed lottery concluded at 12:00 p.m. EST Wednesday, January 19. All students who were offered course seats via the lottery have been notified via a GREEN CHECK MARK in their Crimson Carts. The green check mark shows that a petition was approved and a student may enroll in the course.  If you see anything BUT a green check mark (so, an orange clock, a red X, or a "resubmit" button) by the course in your Crimson Cart, you were not successful in the lottery. Please see each individual course's Canvas site for more information on whether and/or how faculty members will consider new petitions for enrollment.

**Please note that if faculty are accepting petitions from the waitlist, they will do so after the course enrollment deadline of 11:59 p.m. EST Thursday, January 20.**

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Spring 2022 Courses

An exciting range of Gen Ed courses is on offer this term.  You can explore these course offerings in a number of ways:

Choosing the Best Courses for You

We want to help you make the best choice when determining which Gen Ed courses to take. Below, please find a table of all Spring 2022 Gen Ed courses that includes some information that may help you determine which courses to take. If the course has a number under "Enrollment Cap?," that means it is a part of the Gen Ed lottery (details below). If you have further questions, please feel free to join us during our open advising hours, available in person and via Zoom. Please note that students pursuing simultaneous enrollment in a Gen Ed course and a non-Gen Ed course must attend the Gen Ed course.

Course # Faculty Title Categor(ies) Enrollment cap? Books/Materials
GENED 1008 Cammett, Melani Power and Identity in the Middle East HSI No TBA.
GENED 1010 Camozzi Pistoja, Ambrogio Satire A&C No TBA.
GENED 1015 Stanczyk, Lucas Ethics of Climate Change E&C No None.
GENED 1017 Gordon, Andrew
Manela, Erez
Americans as Occupiers and Nation Builders HSI No TBA.
GENED 1024 Hall, Ned
Finkbeiner, Douglas
Pride & Prejudice & P-values: Scientific Critical Thinking STS 50 TBA.
GENED 1025 Rinard, Susanna Happiness A&C 50 TBA.
GENED 1027 Lieberman, Daniel Human Evolution and Human Health STS No TBA.
GENED 1030 Damrosch, David The Philosopher and the Tyrant A&C
GENED 1032 Carpenter, Daniel Res Publica: A History of Representative Government E&C
No Spirit of the Laws, Montesquieu; Creation of the American Reupblic 1776-1787, Wood; Discourses on Livy, Machiavelli; Federalist Papers, Hamilton; Black Reconstruction in America, DuBois
GENED 1037 Sadler, Philip Experiments That Changed Our World STS No TBA.
GENED 1046 Greene, Josh Evolving Morality: From Primordial Soup to Superintelligent Machines E&C
GENED 1049 Li, Jie East Asian Cinema A&C 126 TBA.
GENED 1052 Hochschild, Jennifer Race in a Polarized America HSI No Latino Mass Mobilization, Zepeda-Miller; Shadowed Lives, Chavez; Diversity Explosion, Frey; Facing up to the American Dream, Hochschild; Fatal Invention, Roberts; Loud Minority, Gillion; Other Side of Assimilation, Jiminez; Strangers in Their Own Land, Hochschild; Why Americans Don't Join the Party, Hajnal; Cuz, Allen; Second Founding, Foner; Why We're Polarized, Klein; Immigrant Families, Menjivar; Inheriting the City, Kasinitz
GENED 1054 Unger, Roberto
Rodrik, Dani
Political Economy and Its Future HSI No TBA.
GENED 1057 Sandler, Stephanie Poetry Without Borders A&C No Howl, Ginsberg; One Big Self, Wright; I Am the Beggar of the World, Griswold; Whereas, Soldier; Felon, Betts; That This, Howe; Pale Fire, Nabokov
GENED 1063 Goldie, Sue World Health: Challenges and Opportunities STS 120 TBA.
GENED 1064 Hyman, Steven Brains, Identity, and Moral Agency E&C
100 Bioethics: The Basics, Campbell
GENED 1068 Kirby, Bill The United States and China HSI No TBA.
GENED 1070 Sasselov, Dimitar Life as a Planetary Phenomenon STS 100 Life of Super-Earths, Sasselov; Life on a Young Planet, Knoll; Cosmic Perspective, Bennett
GENED 1081 McKenna, Catherine Celts: People or Construct? HSI No None.
GENED 1083 Kim, Jinah
Wang, Eugene
Permanent Impermanence: Why Buddhists Build Monuments A&C No TBA.
GENED 1084 Haig, David The First Nine Months STS No TBA.
GENED 1085 Shaw, John Energy Resources and the Environment STS No TBA.
GENED 1087 Asani, Ali Multisensory Religion: Rethinking Islam A&C No TBA.
GENED 1088 Angelov, Dimiter The Crusades and the Making of East and West HSI 60 Crusades, Riley-Smith; Book of Contemplation, Ibn Munquidh; Chronicels of Crusades, Joinville; Song of Roland, Burgess
GENED 1089 Soto Laveaga, Gabriela The Border: Race, Politics and Health in Modern Mexico HSI No TBA.
GENED 1099 Manuelian, Peter der Pyramid Schemes: What Can Ancient Egyptian Civilization Teach Us? HSI No None.
GENED 1100 Eckert, Carter The Two Koreas in the Modern World HSI 50 TBA.
GENED 1110 Libby, Brigitte Classical Mythology: Myth in Antiquity and Today A&C No Hesiod's Theogony, Hesiod; Homeric Hymns, Shelmerdine; Metamorphoses, Ovid; Odyssey, Homer; Euripides I, Grene; Sophocles I, Grene
GENED 1114 Saunders, Matt Painting's Doubt: A Studio Course A&C 72 None.
GENED 1115 Patterson, Orlando Human Trafficking, Slavery and Abolition in the Modern World E&C
GENED 1118 Madigan, Kevin The Holocaust HSI No Complicity in the Holocaust, Ericksen; Holocaust, Niewyk; Night, Wiesel; Holocaust: Third Reich and Jews, Engel; Maus, Spiegelman; Neighbors, Gross; Sunflower, Wiesenthal;
GENED 1119 Davis, Christina Law, Politics, and Trade Policy: Lessons from East Asia HSI No Geneva Consensus, Lamy; China and Japan Facing History, Vogel; East Asian Development, Perkins; Schism, Bluestein
GENED 1121 Risse, Mathias Economic Justice E&C No TBA.
GENED 1122 Reuben, Julie The Social Responsibilities of Universities E&C No TBA.
GENED 1125 Murthy, Venki Artificial and Natural Intelligence STS No TBA.
GENED 1126 Subramanian, Ajantha Race and Caste E&C
GENED 1127 Richardson, Sarah Gender and Science STS No Sexing the Body, Fausto-Sterlin; Female Man, Russ; History of Sexuality, Foucault; Left Hand of Darkness, LeGuin; Unlocking the Clubhouse, Margolis; Woman on the Edge of Time, Piercy; Mind Has No Sex?, Schiebinger
GENED 1128 Unger, Roberto
Puett, Michael
The Conduct of Life in Western and Eastern Philosophy E&C No TBA.
GENED 1138 Scarry, Elaine Consent E&C No TBA.
GENED 1140 Lewis, Mary Borders E&C
60 None.
GENED 1158 McColl, Kaighin Water and the Environment STS 50 Weather, Hakim
GENED 1159 Beckert, Sven American Capitalism HSI No TBA.
GENED 1160 Smail, Dan Harvard Gets Medieval A&C 50 TBA.
GENED 1161 Harris, Jay If There Is No God, All Is Permitted: Theism and Moral Reasoning E&C No TBA.
GENED 1162 McLaughlin, Kate Science of Stress STS 100 Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers, Sapolsky
GENED 1168 Weiss, Naomi Tragedy Today A&C No Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro, Alfaro; Antigonick, Carson; Molora, Farber; Greek Plays, Lefkowitz; Home Fire, Shamsie
GENED 1173 Jasanoff, Sheila
Evans, Sam Weiss
Numbers in Policy and Society STS No TBA.
GENED 1176 Schlossberg, Linda LGBT Literature, Politics, and Identity A&C 60 TBA.
GENED 1179 Lunbeck, Liz Psychotherapy and the Modern Self STS 105 TBA.
Live Preview Sessions

Live preview sessions for some Gen Ed courses will be offered on Friday, January 14.  A full schedule is available on Gen Ed Course Preview Day.

Please see the course's Canvas site for Zoom link and more information.  Please note that you may need to add the course to your Crimson Cart in my.harvard to see the information about the preview session on Canvas.

Enrollment Caps and Lotteries

Some - but not all! - Spring 2022 courses in Gen Ed have faculty-placed enrollment caps. Some Gen Ed faculty choose to cap their course for pedagogical reasons, while others do so for staffing reasons. If a course has an enrollment cap, it will be noted in the grid above, and also in my.harvard with this note:

This course has an enrollment cap, so to be considered, you must request permission to enroll and rank your choices through my.harvard by 11:59 p.m. EST Tuesday, January 18, 2022. The Gen Ed lottery will run Wednesday, January 19 with approvals and denials sent out no later than 11:59 p.m. that day. 

Gen Ed will run a coordinated, ranked-choice lottery on Wednesday, January 19 for all capped courses that have more requests to enroll than available seats. In order to participate in the coordinated lottery, you must do the following by 11:59 p.m. EST Tuesday, January 18:

  • Request a seat in the course by submitting a petition through my.harvard. Once you've put in a petition for any Gen Ed course, my.harvard will add you to the lottery event within 15 minutes. When you're entered into the lottery, you'll see a Gen Ed Lottery banner in your my.harvard account.
  • Rank your choices in the my.harvard lottery banner. You don't have to choose three courses; if you're only interested in one course, request it and rank it no.1. Please remember that you MUST rank your choices; petitioning for only one course will NOT automatically rank it for you. Sometime before the end of the day January 19, you'll see a green check in your Crimson Cart if your petition has been approved in the lottery. If you weren't successful in the lottery, you'll see a red X in your Crimson Cart. 
  • Register for the course(s) you were approved for in the lottery no later than the enrollment deadline (11:59 p.m. EST Thursday, January 20). Your seats in a course won't be held any longer than that.
  • Note: When you create a petition in my.harvard, a blank box will pop up that allows you to type in any information you'd like. There's no need to enter anything into that box, so please feel free to leave it blank. 
  • You can still petition for a Gen Ed and participate in the lottery with an immunization hold. Click here to see how!

  Click here to see a step-by-step, illustrated guide for participating in the Gen Ed lottery.

**PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY HARVARD COLLEGE STUDENTS MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE GEN ED LOTTERY. If you are a student in GSAS or other schools, you will be able to petition for a seat in any FAS course as of January 12. For more information on the cross-registration process for all non-FAS students, please see this information shared by the FAS Registrar.**

Send all questions about enrollment and lotteries to gened_enrollment@fas.harvard.edu. We're happy to answer!

Questions and Advising

We’re happy to talk with you! Please join us at one of our drop-in office hours during registration and the start of classes.  Advising hours will all be online to ensure access for all students. At the start of the Spring 2022 term, advising will take place via Zoom at the following times:

  • Friday, January 14 - 11am-12pm
  • Tuesday, January 18 - 10-11am
  • Wednesday, January 19 - 1-2pm
  • Thursday, January 20 - 2-3pm
  • Friday, January 21 - 12-1pm
  • Monday, January 24 - 1-2pm

If you're unable to make any of these times, please contact us at gened_questions@fas.harvard.edu to set up an appointment.  Please note that the Gen Ed office is closed on evenings, weekends, and holidays.

You can also submit questions on the Gen Ed Questions page