General Education

Prof. Sarah Lewis

The Program in General Education is the cornerstone of the Harvard College curriculum. Focusing on urgent problems and enduring questions, Gen Ed courses are unusually explicit in connecting the subjects you study to the people you will become and the world beyond the classroom. Transcending disciplinary boundaries, they demonstrate the value of embedding what you will learn in your concentrations within the broader context of the liberal arts.

Within the Gen Ed program, Arts & Humanities faculty primarily teach Aesthetics & Culture courses, which engage diverse artistic genres and cultural traditions, helping you situate yourself and others as products of and participants in art and culture.

The best resource for finding your way through the Gen Ed Program is the website You can also explore courses in the my.harvard course catalog.