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Harvard College Student Guidelines

Harvard College Student Guidelines

You may take Summer School courses for credit toward your Harvard College degree in accordance with the following guidelines and the regulations in the Harvard College Handbook for Students.

General guidelines for course selection

Most summer courses count toward your degree if taken for credit after matriculating at Harvard College. There are some exceptions. Online courses, including web conference courses, do not count for degree credit nor do courses offered in the three-week format, or courses geared towards our professional students (in fields such as Management or Environmental Studies). See course exceptions below for more information about what counts towards the Harvard College degree.

You may not count a Summer School course that duplicates a previously taken academic-year course. Consult your department tutorial office or head tutor about summer and academic-year course equivalencies, as well as the availability of particular courses for concentration credit.

Online courses

Per Harvard College policy, you may not count courses taken online, including web-conference courses, toward your Harvard College degree. Some Summer School courses have an online option, however, which means that they are taught on the Harvard campus and are also available online.

If you enroll in a course with an online option and you attend and participate in the course entirely on campus, you may request that it be counted toward your undergraduate degree by completing a certification of attendance form and submitting it to the Harvard Summer School Registrar’s Office by the Wednesday, June 22, late registration deadline.

Three-week courses

Courses in the three-week format do not count for degree credit.

Pass/fail option

You may submit a pass/fail form to request approval to enroll for up to 8 credits with a pass/fail (PA/FL) grade except in expository and creative writing, education, and management courses. PA covers the range of letter grades from A to D–.

Requests for the pass/fail option must be submitted by Wednesday, June 22. The pass/fail deadlines for study abroad programs vary, but generally you have the first three days of your program to submit the pass/fail form. If you wish to request the pass/fail option, first consult the Harvard College Handbook for Students for information on the number of pass/fail courses that can be counted toward your degree.

Returning from a leave of absence or withdrawal

If you are returning after a leave of absence or withdrawal from Harvard College, you must submit a completed Allston Burr Assistant Dean/Resident Dean of Freshmen approval form to the Summer School Registrar's Office as soon as possible after registering, and no later than the May 16 registration deadline.

Completing degree requirements

If you plan to complete your Harvard College degree requirements at the Summer School, notify the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Registrar’s Office by e-mail (require@fas.harvard.edu) or phone (617-495-1489) before registering to ensure you select courses that meet your final degree requirements.

Newly admitted freshmen

If you are a newly admitted Harvard freshman, starting in fall 2016, you must apply to take Summer School courses through the Secondary School Program. You may apply Summer School credit toward your degree if you obtain prior approval from your Resident Dean of Freshmen.

New transfer students

If you are a new College transfer student for fall 2016, you may register online through the Summer School website. You may apply Summer School credit toward your degree provided you obtain prior approval from the Transfer Program Coordinator.

Exceptions to maximum enrollment

To enroll for greater than the maximum credit enrollment in any session, you must obtain approval from your Allston Burr Assistant Dean or Resident Dean of Freshmen. Submit a completed Allston Burr Assistant Dean/Resident Dean of Freshmen approval form to the Summer School Registrar's Office as soon as possible after registering, and no later than the May 16 registration deadline.

Grades and academic credit

Grades for your Summer School general program courses are available via Summer School online services on August 16. Study Abroad course grades are generally available one week after the program ends.

Your Summer School courses and grades are also submitted to the FAS Registrar’s Office. They are entered on your Harvard College academic record if at least one course counts towards your College degree.

Course exceptions

Review the following exceptions to see what courses you can count towards your degree. If you need more information, consult with your advisor or departmental Director of Undergraduate Studies about applying Harvard Summer School courses to your concentration, requirements for the degree, or secondary fields and citations.

Anthropology

Note that credit for summer courses taken online or in the three-week format cannot be applied toward Harvard College degrees. See information about earning credit for on-campus courses with an online option.

Biological sciences

Harvard College biology concentrators: you must petition your concentration undergraduate office before registering for Summer School courses to determine which biological sciences courses are appropriate for your plan of study. Note that credit for summer courses taken online or in the three-week format cannot be applied toward Harvard College degrees. See information about earning credit for on-campus courses with an online option. BIOS S-200 is a proseminar designed for students in graduate-level programs at the Harvard Extension School, and may not be taken for credit toward a Harvard College degree.

Biotechnology

BIOT S-200 is a proseminar designed for students in graduate-level programs at the Harvard Extension School, and may not be taken for credit toward a Harvard College degree. Note that credit for summer courses taken online or in the three-week format cannot be applied toward Harvard College degrees.

Chemistry

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. CHEM S-A does not count for chemistry concentration credit. See the chemistry courses.

Comparative literature

Some comparative literature courses may be counted toward concentration credit. However, if you are a comparative literature concentrator, consult your faculty advisor before enrollment to determine how credit for these courses will be applied. See the comparative literature courses.

Computer science and digital media studies

CSCI S-12, S-40, S-59, S-65, and S-65G, and DGMD S-15, S-30, S-35, and S-71 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 or in the three-week format cannot be applied toward Harvard College degrees. See information about earning credit for on-campus courses with an online option. See the computer science courses.

Creative writing

Summer School courses in expository writing and creative writing do not fulfill the expository writing requirement.

Drama

Check with the director of undergraduate studies before counting any Summer School courses for secondary field credit. See drama courses.

Earth and planetary sciences

EPS S-130 and S-144 may be counted towards the Harvard College degree but do not count for concentration credit in Earth and Planetary Sciences.

East Asian literature and culture

Note that credit for summer courses taken online or in the three-week format cannot be applied toward Harvard College degrees.

Economics

Harvard students who have completed Ec 10 and meet individual course prerequisites need not take the proficiency exam to take economics courses. The Economics Department only grants concentration (or secondary field) credit for some economics Summer School courses. Economics concentrators (and secondary field students) are only eligible for concentration (or secondary) credit for one course taken outside of Harvard’s academic year (this means students can earn concentration/secondary credit for only one eligible Harvard Summer School course OR one eligible course abroad). A student’s grade in a Summer School economics course is not included in his/her economics concentration GPA. For more details on all of these points, consult the Department of Economics summer webpage, or contact Dani Doyle, the Economics UPC, in Littauer 112, or at 617-495-3247 or ddoyle@fas.harvard.edu. Note that credit for summer courses taken online or in the three-week format cannot be applied toward Harvard College degrees. See information about earning credit for on-campus courses with an online option.

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 or consent of instructor

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

Education

EDUC S-037 is a professional offering and cannot be taken for credit toward a Harvard College degree.

Engineering sciences

Engineering sciences concentrators must consult the department regarding concentration credit for Summer School courses. See the engineering sciences courses.

English

Note that credit for summer courses taken online or in the three-week format cannot be applied toward Harvard College degrees. See information about earning credit for on-campus courses with an online option. See English courses.

Environmental studies

Environmental Studies courses are professional offerings and cannot normally be taken for credit toward a Harvard College degree. Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Prior to registering for courses, College students should consult with the head tutor in the Environmental Science and Public Policy concentration to determine if a course is eligible for credit. See the environmental studies courses.

Expository writing

Summer School courses in expository writing and creative writing do not fulfill the expository writing requirement.

French

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.

German

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.

Government

Note that credit for summer courses taken online or in the three-week format cannot be applied toward Harvard College degrees. See information about earning credit for on-campus courses with an online option. See the government courses.

History

Note that credit for summer courses taken online or in the three-week format cannot be applied toward Harvard College degrees. See information about earning credit for on-campus courses with an online option. See the history courses.

Humanities

HUMA S-100 is designed for students in graduate-level programs at the Harvard Extension School, and may not be taken for credit toward a Harvard College degree. Note that credit for summer courses taken online or in the three-week format cannot be applied toward Harvard College degrees.

Information systems management

Information systems management courses are professional offerings and cannot be taken for credit toward a Harvard College degree.

Journalism

Journalism courses are professional offerings and cannot be taken for credit toward a Harvard College degree.

Legal studies

Legal Studies courses are professional offerings and normally may not be taken for credit towards the Harvard College degree. Note that credit for summer courses taken in the three-week format cannot be applied toward Harvard College degrees.

Management

The courses in management (MGMT) are professional offerings and cannot be taken for credit toward a Harvard College degree.

Mathematics

MATH S-304, S-308, S-318, S-322, S-323 and S-599 are professional offerings and cannot be taken for credit toward a Harvard College degree. See the mathematics courses.

Museum studies

These courses are professional offerings and cannot be taken for credit toward a Harvard College degree.

Philosophy

Note that credit for summer courses taken online or in the three-week format cannot be applied toward Harvard College degrees. See information about earning credit for on-campus courses with an online option. See the philosophy courses.

Physics

PHYS S-1a and S-1b count for Harvard College degree credit and fulfill the requirements for medical school. They do not count toward the Physics concentration. They may meet physics requirements in other concentrations; please consult with individual departments for more information.

Proseminars

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.

Psychology

While most 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 psychology@wjh.harvard.edu for further information. Note that credit for summer courses taken online or in the three-week format cannot be applied toward Harvard College degrees. See information about earning credit for on-campus courses with an online option. 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 assistant 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 $2,950 tuition (per 4 credits) to the Summer School Registrar’s office by Monday, May 16. From Tuesday, May 17, through Wednesday, June 22, you may register with an additional $200 late fee.

Religion

Note that credit for summer courses taken online or in the three-week format cannot be applied toward Harvard College degrees. See information about earning credit for on-campus courses with an online option. See the religion courses.

Sociology

Note that credit for summer courses taken online or in the three-week format cannot be applied toward Harvard College degrees. See the sociology courses.

Social sciences

SSCI S-172 is an online offering and may not be counted for credit towards the Harvard College degree. SSCI S-100B is designed for students in a graduate-level program at the Harvard Extension School, and also may not be taken for credit toward a Harvard College degree.

Spanish

SPAN S-27 does not fulfill the language citation.

Statistics

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 an online option. See the statistics courses.

Study abroad programs

See Study Abroad Credit Information.

Summer seminars

Unlike Harvard freshman seminars, summer seminars are taken for a letter grade, and some may have a final exam in lieu of a paper or project. Summer seminars provide one semester-long (4 credit) course of Harvard College degree credit.

Tutorial courses

See reading and research courses above.

Visual and environmental studies

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 an online option.

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