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History and Future of Harvard's General Education:Report of the Committee on General Education

General Education, Wang Yongqian   

  1. Harvard University, Cambridge 02138, USA;
    Law School, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing 100191, China
  • Received:2015-01-07 Online:2015-09-25 Published:2015-09-25


That undergraduates should receive a broad education in a range of areas has been important to American education for a century or more. In this report, the Committee affirms Harvard's commitment to the ideals of a general education that aims to provide a breadth and variety of study. The Committee reaffirms the goals of a liberal education that aims to develop self and citizen in contrast to studies aimed primarily at the preparation for a specific profession or occupation. This report will give greater depth and meaning to a crucial segment of every Harvard undergraduate's education and provide students with more freedom to follow their own particular interests.

Key words: general education, free education, studying ideals, core curriculum, general education curriculum

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