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UC Meetings
Undergraduate Council

UC Endorses Petitions in Support of Cornel West and Against Statements by J. Mark Ramseyer

The Undergraduate Council voted to endorse a pair of statements during its Sunday night meeting — one supporting a petition to grant tenure to Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy Cornel R. West ’74, and another to condemn statements made by Harvard Law professor J. Mark Ramseyer.

Allison P. Pao '21
Gen Ed

Allison P. Pao '21

Allison P. Pao '21 is one of the authors of a petition requesting that Harvard renew Gen Ed 1076 for the 2021-2022 school year.

National Treasure Declaration of Independence
Gen Ed

Five Things Shorter than My Gen Ed Readings

So you've finally got your schedule set, books purchased, and go-to Zoom background prepared — now all that's left is to actually do your assignments, right? Except somehow that "gem" of a Gen Ed has decided that you and your peers are in need of eight articles, six book chapters, and three novellas-worth of reading each week. At this point, pretty much anything is shorter than your dreaded assignments, so why not spend some time reading the Declaration of Independence or journeying to your nearest water source instead?

Katherine Merseth Speaks
College

Hundreds of Harvard Affiliates Petition to Renew Popular Education Gen Ed

In wake of the College’s decision to cut a popular education course from its fall offerings, undergraduates released a petition on Monday calling on Harvard’s administration to reconsider.

Sever Path
FAS

College Will Require All Fall Courses to Guarantee Students Two to Four Hours of Live Interaction

Though all courses will be virtual this fall, Harvard College expects professors to guarantee every student — regardless of time zone — between two and four hours of live interaction with course staff or peers each week, according to official College guidelines.

Dean Khurana on Lottery System
College

Dean Khurana on Lottery System

Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana said further changes to Harvard's General Education system are slated for upcoming semesters.

Dean Khurana on Lottery System
College

New Gen Ed Lottery System Marks 'Significant Improvement,' Khurana Says

Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana said he thinks Harvard’s new lottery system for General Education courses marks a “significant improvement” over the previous process in a Tuesday interview.

Gened Lottery Reax
Student Life

Gened Lottery Reax

During shopping week, students overflowed into the hallways of Sever Hall, as they attempted to shop GENED 1142.

Gened Lottery Reax
College

Students, Professors Express Mixed Feelings Regarding New Gen Ed Lottery System

The College’s new enrollment system for its required General Education program rolled out this week to mixed reviews.

Gen Ed Lottery Graphic Web
College

The New Gen Ed Lottery System, Explained

The new semester starts in a week — and with it, course shopping and enrollment. To help navigate the new Gen Ed lottery system, here’s a primer on how the process works.

Christopher W. Stubbs
FAS

Sciences Dean Stubbs Hopes to Improve Division's Gen-Ed Offerings

Dean of Science Christopher W. Stubbs said in an interview on Friday that he hopes to help members of his division develop and improve their General Education offerings in the coming year.

The Science of Happiness
College

CS50 Tops Course Enrollment While Popular Gen Eds Fall Short Due to Course Caps

Computer Science 50: “Introduction to Computer Science” retained the reigning spot as the College’s largest course this fall, a distinction held by the perennially popular Economics 10a: “Principles of Economics” up until 2017.

The Science of Happiness
College

Gen Ed Office Creating New Lotteried Enrollment System As Faculty Criticize Course Caps

As students wrap up shopping week and faculty finalize course enrollments, several instructors in the College’s new General Education program say they are confused and frustrated by a rule capping their classes at 250 students.

The Science of Happiness
Gen Ed

The Science of Happiness

Students crowd into a lecture hall in William James to shop GENED 1154: "The Science of Happiness."

The Science of Happiness
College

Harvard Launched Sweeping Changes to Undergrad Education This Semester. Here’s What You Need to Know.

As returning students begin another year at Harvard, many will confront different requirements for completing their degrees than those in effect when the graduating class left last spring.

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