The Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Associate in Arts require 128 credits and 64 credits respectively, as outlined below. You may also download a requirements summary.

Courses often fulfill more than one requirement simultaneously. For example, RELI E-1010/W counts as an upper-level, writing-intensive, Harvard-instructor, humanities course.

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Bachelor of Liberal Arts requirements summary

Find the full bachelor’s degree requirements.

Total credits required: 128

(Most Harvard courses are 4 credits; maximum 64 transfer credits)

Distribution

  • 8 credits in sciences
  • 8 credits in humanities
  • 8 credits in social sciences
  • 8 credits outside the area of concentration

Expository writing

  • 8 credits (four credits must be EXPO E-25 or S-20)

Writing intensive

  • 12 credits; must be completed at Harvard

Quantitative reasoning

  • 4 credits; must be completed at Harvard

Moral reasoning

  • 4 credits; must be completed at Harvard

Foreign language

  • 8 credits in one lower-level language or 4 credits in one intermediate- or upper-level language

Area of concentration

  • 40 credits; 32 credits must be completed at Harvard
    (either humanities, sciences, or social sciences)

Field of study (optional)

  • 32 credits; must be completed at Harvard

Professional courses (optional)

  • 16-credit maximum; must be completed at Harvard

Harvard instructor

  • 52 credits

Upper-level courses

  • 60 credits

Associate in Arts requirements summary

See the full Associate in Arts requirements here.

Total credits: 64

(Transfer credits are not accepted; most Harvard courses are 4 credits)

Distribution

  • 8 credits in humanities
  • 8 credits in social sciences
  • 8 credits in sciences

Expository writing

  • 8 credits (four credits must be EXPO E-25 or S-20)

Writing intensive

  • 4 credits

Quantitative reasoning

  • 4 credits

Moral reasoning

  • 4 credits

Harvard instructor

  • 32 credits