Academics


Covid-19 Sends Students Home, Ushers in Remote Learning

Five days after waking up to a March 10 email informing them of Harvard’s decision to de-densify campus, most College students found themselves uprooted from residential life and scattered across the globe.


The Good, The Bad, and The Awkward: Faculty and Students Reflect on a Virtual Fall Semester

While the University’s decision to abruptly de-densify its campus in the spring gave little time to shift to virtual learning, faculty spent the summer making numerous adaptations to their courses, some of which clicked with students and others of which were met with less enthusiasm.


Despite Decrease in Concentrators, Students and Faculty Alike Defend the Humanities

Of the 18 concentrations in the Arts and Humanities division, 10 have experienced significant decreases in numbers of concentrators, six remained relatively steady, and two saw slight increases between 2015 and 2019.


Phi Beta Kappa Inducts Senior 48

Forty-eight College seniors became members of academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa’s Alpha Iota chapter on Nov. 16, joining twenty-four classmates who were elected to the society in April.


Departments Court Prospective Concentrators Amid Remote Fall

As undergraduate classes pass the midpoint of a second virtual semester, department leaders within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences say they are unsure how the coronavirus will affect students’ concentration choice.


‘I’m Absolutely Terrified’: International Students Fear a Trump Re-Election

Believing their ability to live, work, and study in the United States is in jeopardy, several of Harvard’s international students say they are afraid of the prospect that President Donald J. Trump may be re-elected less than a week from the end of voting.


Graduate School of Design Faces Backlash After Restructuring Master of Design Studies Program

The Harvard Graduate School of Design announced Friday it has restructured its Masters of Design Studies Program, raising concerns among students and alumni over how administrators came to the decision and whether the shift will dilute the degree’s educational value.


GSAS Remains Online for Spring Semester, Continues Emergency Support Initiative

The Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will continue all instruction and cohort-building activities for the spring 2021 semester remotely, GSAS Dean Emma Dench wrote in an email to students last Wednesday.


College Extends Deadline to Switch to Pass-Fail Grading to Nov. 16

The Undergraduate Educational Policy Committee extended the deadline for students to change a course’s grading basis between letter-graded and pass-fail to Nov. 16, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Registrar Michael P. Burke wrote in an email to students Tuesday morning.


Social Science Concentrators Adapt to the Virtual Thesis Process

In an unprecedented semester of virtual learning, seniors concentrating in social science disciplines say they have faced a host of new challenges in completing their theses — but also a few upsides which come with an all-virtual writing process.


HKS Alumni, Professors Develop App to Promote Inclusive Learning

As faculty and students across the University adjust to this fall’s online academic model, some are turning to a web app developed by a team of Harvard affiliates to promote inclusive classroom learning.


Arts and Humanities Division Outlines New Undergraduate Fellowship Program

The Arts and Humanities Division has announced initial details on their website regarding the launch of a new humanities fellowship program in the spring of 2021.


Undergraduates Give Virtual Shopping Week Mixed Reviews

Harvard undergraduates traded in-person lectures for online course previews this week, voicing mixed feelings about Harvard’s new take on shopping period, a longstanding scheduling quirk that allows students to sample classes before officially enrolling.


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