Harvard College Students
Earn Harvard degree credit in the summer
Harvard Summer School offers intensive study that is ideal for fulfilling tough requirements. Study with Harvard professors and visiting scholars. And strengthen your application to graduate school.
Summer credits for Harvard College degrees
Most courses count toward your degree if taken for credit after matriculating at Harvard College. There are exceptions. For example, online courses, including web conference courses, do not count for degree credit. The following and other guidelines are outlined on Academic Credit.
To ensure you will earn credit:
- Register for Harvard Summer School courses held in Cambridge or one of our study abroad programs.
- Review the course exceptions by department before registering. If you need more information, consult with your advisor or departmental Director of Undergraduate Studies about applying Harvard Summer School courses to concentrations, requirements, or secondary fields and citations.
- Because some courses are offered both on campus and online, see how to request credit for on-campus courses with an online option available.
- Do not register for courses offered online only or via live web conference.
- See the Harvard College Academic Credit for instructions for the following:
- Newly admitted freshmen
- Transfer credit
- Returning from a leave of absence
- Pass/fail option
- Completing degree requirements at Harvard Summer School
- Enrolling more than full time
There are some course exceptions, along with the procedures governing admission to certain courses in economics. Review Academic Credit for information about applying Summer School credit toward Harvard College degrees.
Harvard College biology concentrators: you must petition the Biology Undergraduate Office before registering for Summer School courses to determine which biological sciences courses are appropriate for your plan of study. See information about earning credit for on-campus courses with a distance education option.
CHEM S-1ab satisfies a year of general chemistry, either for a chemistry concentration or a premedical program. Likewise, CHEM S-20ab satisfies a year of organic chemistry, either for a chemistry concentration or a premedical program. See the chemistry courses.
CSCI S-24, S-76, and S-131b are special professional offerings not drawn from the Harvard College curriculum and, therefore, cannot be taken for credit toward a Harvard College degree. CSCI S-1 counts as 4 degree credits but may not be counted for concentration credit in computer science. CSCI S-111 counts as 8 degree credits and 4 concentration credits (Computer Science 50). Note that credit for summer courses taken online cannot be applied toward Harvard College degrees. See information about earning credit for on-campus courses with a distance education option. See the computer science courses.
The Program in General Education has assumed responsibility for the Core Curriculum. Please consult directly with the Gen Ed Office for guidance on new summer courses, by e-mailing email@example.com or calling (617) 495-2563.
Check with the director of undergraduate studies before counting any Summer School courses for secondary field credit. See drama courses.
Consult the Economics Undergraduate Office in Littauer 111, (617) 495-3290, before enrolling in Summer School economics courses. Note that credit for summer courses taken online cannot be applied toward Harvard College degrees. If you have completed Social Analysis 10 and meet the requirements listed below, you may enroll in the following courses without taking the proficiency exam. See the economics courses or consult the Department of Economics summer webpage.
|Summer School course||Equivalent Harvard College prerequisites|
|ECON S-1010||Mathematics 1a|
|ECON S-1012||Mathematics 1a|
|ECON S-1123||Statistics 100|
|ECON S-1530||Mathematics 1a and Economics 1010b|
|ECON S-1913||Mathematics 1a and Economics 1745 or consent of the instructor|
|ECON S-1920||Mathematics 1a, Statistics 100 and Economics 1723, or consent of the instructor|
|ECON S-1941||Statistics 100 and Mathematics 20; or Statistics 100, Mathematics 21a, and Mathematics 21b|
EDUC S-037 is a professional offering and cannot be taken for credit toward a Harvard College degree.
Engineering sciences concentrators must consult the department regarding concentration credit for Summer School courses. See the engineering sciences courses.
ENVR S-101, S-130, S-140/W, S-161, S-200, S-210, and S-599 are professional offerings and cannot be taken for credit toward a Harvard College degree. See the environmental studies courses.
FREN S-27 does not fulfill the language citation. FREN S-Ax does not fulfill the foreign language requirement. See the French courses.
General Education Curriculum
See the list of approved on-campus Summer School and Summer Study Abroad courses on the Program in General Education website.
You must have the permission of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures to enroll in GERM S-R. See the Germanic language and literature courses.
Note that credit for summer courses taken online cannot be applied toward Harvard College degrees. See information about earning credit for on-campus courses with a distance education option. See the government courses.
History of art and architecture
The Graduate School of Design’s Career Discovery Program may count as Harvard College credit.
Journalism courses are professional offerings and cannot be taken for credit toward a Harvard College degree.
Some literature courses may be counted toward concentration credit. However, if you are a literature concentrator, consult your faculty advisor before enrollment to determine how credit for these courses will be applied. See the literature courses.
The courses in management (MGMT) and information systems management (ISMT) are professional offerings and cannot be taken for credit toward a Harvard College degree.
MATH S-302, S-318, and S-322 are professional offerings and cannot be taken for credit toward a Harvard College degree. See the mathematics courses.
These courses are professional offerings and cannot be taken for credit toward a Harvard College degree.
PHYS S-123 counts as 8 degree credits but only 4 concentration credits. See the physics courses.
BIOS S-200, BIOT S-200, ENVR S-200, HUMA S-100, SSCI S-100B are courses designed for students in graduate-level programs at the Harvard Extension School, and may not be taken for credit toward a Harvard College degree.
While all psychology courses count for Harvard College degree credit, only certain courses can count toward the concentration or secondary field. Please consult the department’s electives webpage or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. See the psychology courses.
Reading and research courses
In accordance with policies and requirements in your department, you may enroll in up to 8 credits of reading and research or tutorial during the Summer School session. Reading and research courses are available only for Harvard College students and only in departments that regularly offer the courses during the year.
To register for a reading and research course, obtain written approval from your resident dean and department tutor on a Summer School reading and research application form. Submit that form along with a Summer School registration form, the $50 registration fee, and $2,770 tuition (per 4 credits) to the Summer School Registrar’s office by Monday, May 20. From Tuesday, May 21, through Thursday, June 27, you may register with an additional $200 late fee.
Note that credit for summer courses taken online cannot be applied toward Harvard College degrees. See information about earning credit for on-campus courses with a distance education option. See the religion courses.
SPAN S-27 does not fulfill the language citation.
Study abroad programs
Unlike Harvard freshman seminars, summer seminars are taken for a letter grade. Summer seminars provide one half-year course of Harvard College degree credit.