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What's on this page?

Who is this for?

Harvard College students, GSAS students, and students cross registering into Harvard FAS courses

Course search tools within my.harvard

You must be logged into my.harvard to use all of the tools below. 

Course Catalog

Learn how to use the course catalog search to find the right courses. You can also use the course search to find classroom locations during the first week of classes. 

In the event that my.harvard Course Search is unavailable, you can use the Courses PDF as an alternative way to browse the my.harvard Course Catalog.

Academic Advising Report (AAR)

Harvard College students can use the AAR to view progress to degree. The tool aggregates all the of Harvard College requirements in one place, to facilitate transparency in advising, course selection, and report on student progress. You and your advisors may view the AAR online via my.harvard or and print/download the AAR as a PDF to use during advising meetings. 

GSAS students in select academic departments can also use the AAR. If your department is using the AAR, an Advising Report button will display in the Academic Requirements area under the My Program tab in my.harvard.

Learn how to use the AAR

Have you Considered? 

When you log in to the Course Search in my.harvard, you will be able to see a series of six random courses that you may want to take for the semester. The tool is designed to help you find courses serendipitously. 

Search by My Requirements (SBR)

Find courses based on the Harvard College academic requirements you need to fulfill. The SBR searches for courses that meet:

  • Unsatisfied Harvard College requirements
  • General Education and Divisional Distribution requirements
  • Requirements for select concentrations as outlined below (more concentrations will be live in the SBR in Fall 2022). To learn how to use the SBR, visit the my.harvard Knowledge Base. 

Search by My Requirements: Live Requirements and Concentrations

As of Spring 2022, the Search By My Requirements tool provides course information for the following requirements:

  • College Requirements
  • General Education Requirements 
  • Divisional Distribution Requirements
  • Cocentration: Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Concentration: Government
  • Concentration: History
  • Concentration: Film and Visual Studies
  • Concentration: Neuroscience - MBB, Neurobiology, Computational neuroscience tracks
  • Concentration: Studio Arts & Film/Video
  • Concentration: Theater, Dance & Media
  • Concentration: Women, Gender & Sexuality
  • Joint Allied: Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Joint Allied: Theater, Dance, Media
  • Joint Allied: Women, Gender & Sexuality
  • Joint Concentration: Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Joint Concentration: Film & Visual Studies
  • Joint Concentration: Government 
  • Joint Concentration: Neuroscience MBB, Neurobiology,  Computational neuroscience tracks
  • Joint Concentration: Studio Arts & Film/Video
  • Joint Concentration: Theater, Dance, Media
  • Joint Concentration: Women, Gender, Sexuality Thesis track
  • Secondary Field: Computer Science 
  • Secondary Field: Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Secondary Field: Government 
  • Secondary Field: Neuroscience
  • Secondary Field: Theater, Dance, Media
  • Secondary Field: Women, Gender & Sexuality

We will update this list as more concentrations go live with the SBR.


What If? Report

The What If? Report allows you to visualize how potential coursework will help you satisfy degree requirements based on a concentration. This tool is particularly helpful for first-year Harvard College students who are exploring concentrations or for students who are thinking about changing their concentration. To learn how to use the What If? Report, visit the my.harvard Knowledge Base. 

Additional course search tools


Curricle is a transformative tool for course discovery, selection, and planning. metaLAB at Harvard built the tool to promote intellectual inquiry, adventure, and experimentation within the Harvard curriculum. The Curricle team welcomes all feedback and ideas for further development. For inquiries, email

Find courses using Curricle

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Syllabus Explorer (BETA)

The Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL) in partnership with the Harvard University Office for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, to allow students to easily search, filter, and explore the syllabi for diversity, equity, and inclusion related courses. 

Find courses using DEI Syllabus Explorer

Syllabus Explorer

The Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL) created Syllabus Explorer to allow students to search and explore syllabi for Harvard courses.

Find courses using Syllabus Explorer

Q Guide

The Q Guide provides a simple way to access and compare course evaluation data for individual courses and instructors. 

Find courses using the Q guide

Course selection guidelines

As you are thinking about your schedule for the upcoming term, please consider the following:

Advising support

Work with your adviser, proctor, or tutor to select classes.


Consider satisfying requirements for your academic program.

Deadlines and Enrollment

Know the course requirements and enrollment restrictions as stated in my.harvard. For example, you may need to take prerequisites to be eligible for certain courses, or you may need to enter a course lottery. 

Course Preview Period

During the Course Preview Period, you will be able to:

  • Explore courses you are interested in,
  • Attend synchronous events (courses may advertise Course Preview Period events through their Canvas sites, department websites, and course descriptions on my.harvard)
  • View asynchronous resources (e.g. course videos, syllabi, etc.)
  • Begin to submit petitions and enroll in courses

Harvard College Guide – Course Preview Period

Need Assistance?

Finding Courses Support

Email: Advising Programs Office at

  • for questions about meeting Harvard College academic requirements


  • for questions about enrolling in courses

  • regarding technical issues with my.harvard