The Distribution Requirement

With the revision of the General Education (Gen Ed) program legislated in spring, 2016, the faculty also voted to establish a distribution requirement for undergraduates.  The departmental distribution requirement will likely become part of the standard curriculum in the fall semester of 2018.  At that time, students will be required to take one departmental (non-Gen Ed) course in each of the three main divisions of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS):  Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science and Engineering and Applied Science.  Courses will be tagged with their division in the online course catalogue, to facilitate course selection.  All courses in every division will count toward the distribution requirement except elementary and intermediate-level languages, courses in Expository Writing, and Freshman and House Seminars.  

In addition to these departmental distribution courses, students will be required to take four Gen Ed courses, one course in a to-be-determined Quantitative Facility field, as well as fulfill existing requirements in writing (Expos) and foreign language study.  Please consult the Harvard College Handbook for Students for more information on requirements for the Harvard College degrees.