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, however, 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 Museum 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 Director of Undergraduate Studies 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 in-person attendance form and submitting it to the Harvard Summer School Registrar’s Office by the 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 request 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 the late registration deadline. 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 registration deadline, May 21, 2018.

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 email (enrollment@fas.harvard.edu) or phone (617-495-1543) before registering to ensure you select courses that meet your final degree requirements.

Newly Admitted Freshmen

If you are admitted as a Harvard College freshman and will matriculate for the upcoming fall term, 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 the upcoming fall term, 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 21, 2018 registration deadline.

Grades and Academic Credit

Grades for your Summer School general program courses are available via Summer School online services after classes end. See the calendar for specific grade posting dates. Study abroad course grades are generally available approximately one to two weeks 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.

African and African American Studies

Note that credit for summer courses taken online or in the three-week format – including the language courses NKO S-AA, NKO S-AB, SWAH S-AA, and SWAH S-AB – cannot be applied toward Harvard College degrees. 

Anthropology

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

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. 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. 

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. Chemistry S-17 satisfies one semester of organic chemistry for the Chemistry concentration. 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

Of the Summer School offerings in Computer Science and Digital Media, only CSCI S-1 and CSCI S-111 count for Harvard College credit. 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). Other courses in Computer Science and Digital Media are professional offerings not drawn from the Harvard College curriculum and therefore cannot be taken for credit toward a Harvard College degree.See the Computer Science courses.

Creative Writing

Summer School courses in expository writing and creative writing do not fulfill the Harvard College expository writing requirement. Note that credit for summer courses taken online or in the three-week format cannot be applied toward Harvard College degrees. 

Drama

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

Earth and Planetary Sciences

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

Economics

Students can count only one course not offered during the regular academic calendar year toward their Economics concentration or secondary field requirements. This includes approved Harvard Summer School Econ. courses, approved study abroad Econ. courses, and approved cross-registered Econ. courses at MIT. Harvard students who have completed Econ. 10 and meet individual course prerequisites listed below need not take the proficiency exam to enroll in the following Summer School courses:

Summer School Course

Equivalent Harvard College Prerequisites

ECON S-1010

Mathematics 1a

ECON S-1012

Mathematics 1a

ECON S-1123

Statistics 100

A student’s grade in a Harvard 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 the Economics Undergraduate Program Coordinator at 617-495-3247 or econupc@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.

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

English

ENGL S-236 is a seminar for Harvard Extension School graduate students and may not be taken for Harvard College credit. Note also that credit for summer courses taken online or in the three-week format cannot be applied toward Harvard College degrees. 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. 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 Environmental Studies courses.

Expository Writing

Harvard College students cannot take Expository Writing classes for college credit. In addition, Summer School courses in expository writing and creative writing do not fulfill the Harvard College expository writing requirement.

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

Information for primary concentrators in Government: Generally, students can count only one Harvard Summer School Government course, taught either on campus or abroad, towards their Government concentration requirements. If that course is not taught by a Harvard Government Department faculty member, the student must petition the Government DUS before the course is taken. Read more about the new policy on counting Harvard Summer School Courses for Government Concentration Credit. Note that GOVT S-1550 is a graduate-level class for students in the ALM program in the Extension School, and cannot be taken for undergraduate credit toward Harvard College degrees. Also 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

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. 

Linguistics

See information about earning credit for on-campus courses with an online option.

Management

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

Mathematics

MATH S-Y and MATH S-3 cannot be taken for credit toward a Harvard College degree. MATH S-599 and courses in the 300 level are professional offerings and cannot 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. See the Mathematics courses.

Museum Studies

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

Music

See information about earning credit for on-campus courses with an online option.

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. PHYS S-1AXL is a 1-credit lab practical that may not be taken for Harvard College credit. Note also that credit for summer courses taken online or in the three-week format cannot be applied toward Harvard College degrees.

Proseminars

BIOS S-200, BIOT S-200, HUMA S-100, HUMA S-101, MUSE S-102, SSCI S-100A, and 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 summer Psychology courses count for Harvard College degree credit (excluding courses taken online or in the three-week format; see information about earning credit for on-campus courses with an online option), 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. PSYC S-1415 and PSYC S-1435 are graduate-level classes for students in the ALM program in the Extension School, and do not count for undergraduate credit at Harvard College. 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 Allston Burr assistant dean and the head tutor or director of undergraduate studies in your department on a Summer School supervised reading and research course application form. Submit that form along with Summer School registration and payment forms, the $50 registration fee, and $3,300 tuition (per 4 credits) to the Summer School Registrar’s office by Monday, May 21, 2018. From Tuesday, May 22, through Wednesday, June 27, 2018, you may register with an additional $200 late registration 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

See information about earning credit for on-campus courses with an online option. See the Sociology courses.

Social Sciences

SSCI S-100A and SSCI S-100B are designed for students in a graduate-level program 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. See information about earning credit for on-campus courses with an online option.

Spanish

Note that SPAN S-27 does not count toward a language citation.

Speech

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

Statistics

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 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 or in the three-week format cannot be applied toward Harvard College degrees. 

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