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Harvard Extension School

Established: 1909
Type: Private
Dean: Michael Shinagel[1]
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Campus: Urban
Website: http://extension.harvard.edu

Harvard Extension School (HES), one of the twelve degree-granting schools of Harvard University, was founded by university President A. Lawrence Lowell in 1909[1]. The school was originally an academic program designed to serve the educational interests and needs of the greater Boston community. It now attracts students globally as do the other divisions of Harvard. Harvard University's Extension School offers undergraduate and graduate liberal arts degree programs to nontraditional students. The Extension School is part of the Division of Continuing Education, which itself is part of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences[2]. Download high resolution version (1000x1142, 36 KB)Shield of the Harvard Division of Continuing Education Rasterized from Harvard Print Services business card order form (PDF file) by Jacobolus This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... Year 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... For the film of this title, see Private School (film). ... In an educational setting, a dean is a person with significant authority . ... Location in Middlesex County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Middlesex Settled 1630 Incorporated 1636 Government  - Type Mayor-City Council  - Mayor Kenneth Reeves (D) Area  - Total 7. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Cities with at least a million inhabitants in 2006 An urban area is an area with an increased density of human-created structures in comparison to the areas surrounding it. ... A website (alternatively, web site or Web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or more web servers, usually accessible via the Internet. ... Harvard redirects here. ... Abbott Lawrence Lowell (January 1, 1856–January 6, 1943), an educator, historian and Boston Brahmin, was the President of Harvard University from 1909 to 1933. ... Year 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... Harvard Division of Continuing Education The Division of Continuing Education and University Extension School is a part of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) at Harvard University responsible for various undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree programs that enroll approximately 20,000 students each year. ... The Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (also known as FAS) is the largest of the seven faculties that comprise Harvard University. ...

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Degrees offered at Harvard Extension School

The school currently awards the following credentials in Extension Studies:


Undergraduate degrees

The Harvard Extension School offers two undergraduate degrees: the Associate in Arts (A.A.) and the Bachelor of Liberal Arts (A.L.B.). Harvard University aims both undergraduate degree programs at nontraditional students. The Harvard Extension School degree requirements are similar to that of Harvard College. Harvard Extension students complete requirements in three areas: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences or Humanities In recent years, the option of adding a major, or a Field of Study, to one’s transcripts, which includes his or her primary field has been made feasible[3]. Up to half of the coursework (up to 64 units) for the A.L.B. may come in the form of transfer credits from other accredited institutions; mostly these must be Liberal Arts courses. Students may petition to transfer outside credits once fully enrolled as an Undergraduate Degree student, but can not exceed a maximum of 64 transfer credits, total[4]. For graduation, 64 credits must be completed at Harvard University; 52 credits must come from courses taught by Harvard faculty[5]. Degree Candidates may apply for Special Student Status, which allows them to take up to two classes per semester at Harvard College or at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Admission to this special program requires faculty recommendations and at least 3.33 GPA[6]. A bachelors degree is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three, four, or in some cases and countries, five or six years. ... Harvard Yard Harvard College is the undergraduate section and oldest school of Harvard University, a private university in the United States, founded in 1636 by the Massachusetts legislature. ... The term natural science as the way in which different fields of study are defined is determined as much by historical convention as by the present day meaning of the words. ... The social sciences are a group of academic disciplines that study human aspects of the world. ... For other uses, see Humanities (disambiguation). ... Harvard Yard Harvard College is the undergraduate section and oldest school of Harvard University, a private university in the United States, founded in 1636 by the Massachusetts legislature. ... The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) is the academic unit responsible for many post-baccalaureate degree programs offered through the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. ...


Graduate degrees

Master of Liberal Arts (A.L.M.). The degree is offered in the traditional arts and sciences fields such as government and biology, as well as relatively new fields such as information technology or business management[7]. All fields require eight out of ten courses to be taught by Harvard Univeristy faculty[8]. In addition, A.L.M. programs require a thesis, which must be written under the direction of a Harvard faculty member holding a teaching appointment in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the rank of senior lecturer, assistant professor, associate professor, or full professor, or an appropriate teaching appointment in another Harvard professional school, such as the Law School, Graduate School of Education, or Medical School[9]. While courses for the A.L.M. often meet at a separate time, they sometimes can be replicas of courses taught in other Harvard schools. HES students may exercise the option of taking courses in the GSAS for graduate credit, after applying for "Special Student Status." Because of the rather traditional nature of the coursework for the degree, most students use it as a stepping stone towards post-graduate study at Harvard or elsewhere. Admission to the program requires a ‘B’ or better in graduate proseminars, as well as two regular courses, one of which must be in the student’s proposed field of study[10]. For admission, a formal application and two essays are required after establishing academic standing, with a 3.0 or better in one’s graduate studies generally being required for consideration for admittance[11]. There are fifteen fields of concentration in the ALM (academic) Program: Anthropology and Archaeology (physical); Biology; History of Science, Anthropology and Archaeology (social and cultural); Foreign Literature, Language, and Culture; Government; History; History of Science; Linguistics; Medieval Studies; Middle Eastern Studies; Psychology; Celtic Languages and Literatures; Dramatic Arts; English and American Literature and Language; Foreign Literature, Language, and Culture; Linguistics; Literature and Creative Writing; Medieval Studies; Middle Eastern Studies; and Religion. The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (sometimes MALS) Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) and Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) are postgraduate degrees. ...


Professional degrees

Master of Liberal Arts (A.L.M.) degrees are awarded in the following areas: in Biotechnology, in Mathematics for Teaching, in Information Technology, in Environmental Management, in Journalism, in Educational Technologies, in Business Management, and in Museum Studies[12]. These professional degree programs largely follow the same procedures as admittance to the graduate schools; however, some of the faculty may be adjuncts whose primary occupation may be in the corresponding industry. For instance, the Faculty of Journalism consists of editors of major publications such as the Boston Globe and the New York Times. The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (sometimes MALS) Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) and Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) are postgraduate degrees. ... Insulin crystals Biotechnology is technology based on biology, especially when used in agriculture, food science, and medicine. ... Information and communication technology spending in 2005 Information Technology (IT), as defined by the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), is the study, design, development, implementation, support or management of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and computer hardware. ... Started at Winter Semester 1999/00, the main aim is to create a medium(see Fachhochschule Lübeck) for the next generation in Lübeck City to understand and explore the Environmental awareness in Environmental Protection and Environmental Management, and also to provide a strong education background and constructive knowledge... // Journalism is the discipline of gathering, writing and reporting news, and broadly it includes the process of editing and presenting the news articles. ... Management (from Old French ménagement the art of conducting, directing, from Latin manu agere to lead by the hand) characterises the process of leading and directing all or part of an organization, often a business, through the deployment and manipulation of resources (human, financial, material, intellectual or intangible). ... Museology (also called museum studies) is the study of how to organize and manage museums and museum collections. ... The Boston Globe is the most widely-circulated daily newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts and in the greater New England region. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ...


Professional certificates

Certificates may be earned in Business Management, Applied Sciences, Environmental Management, and Publishing and Communications[13]. The certificates are conferred only if the matriculated student holds a 3.0 cumulative grade point average[14]. A certificate is an official document affirming some fact. ... Management (from Old French ménagement the art of conducting, directing, from Latin manu agere to lead by the hand) characterises the process of leading and directing all or part of an organization, often a business, through the deployment and manipulation of resources (human, financial, material, intellectual or intangible). ... Applied science is the art of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems. ... Started at Winter Semester 1999/00, the main aim is to create a medium(see Fachhochschule Lübeck) for the next generation in Lübeck City to understand and explore the Environmental awareness in Environmental Protection and Environmental Management, and also to provide a strong education background and constructive knowledge...


Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions

Students applying to be degree candidates must obtain at least a 'B-' average in three prerequisite courses. If additional courses are taken beyond the three prerequisite courses before a student applies, a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA must be maintained for a student to be eligible to apply.[15] When the above requirements are met, the student is given the opportunity to apply for the degree program formally. Although Harvard Extension School has a policy of open enrollment for individual classes, potential students who would like to enroll in the degree program must go through an application process, including essay submission. Like Yale University's Eli Whitney Students Program and Columbia University School of General Studies for nontraditional undergraduate students, the Extension School's standard for admission to its degree programs parallels that of the College's, while "relatively more weight is given to achievement" considering most of its applicants are adults [16]. In contrast to the former program, however, students do not need to submit SATs in order to apply to the Harvard Extension School Undergraduate Degree Program. Yale redirects here. ... The Eli Whitney Students Program is one of the four gates into Yale College, the other three being freshman, international and transfer students admissions. ... The School of General Studies, commonly known as General Studies or simply GS, is Columbia Universitys undergraduate college for non-traditional students. ...


Student life

Harvard designed the Extension School for the commuter population [17]. Harvard Extension students can attend athletic events, join many Harvard College student groups, and attend other events like theatrical events and dramas [18][19]. Degree candidates at HES are eligible for membership in the Harvard Extension Student Assocation (HESA) and for other opportunities at Harvard University. Established in 2001, the association serves over 13,000 students annually at Harvard Extension School. Its stated mission is to build and maintain a sense of community among students. In partnership with many other organizations on campus, HESA provides a variety of social activities, educational events, and forums that enrich student life and experience. All degree, certificate, and diploma candidates in good standing at Harvard Extension School are voting members of HESA[20].


Notable Alumni

Álvaro Uribe Vélez (born July 4, 1952) is the 56th President of Colombia, whose first term ran from 2002 to 2006 and is currently serving his second term from 2006 to 2010. ... Francisco Santos Calderón also known as Pacho Santos born in the city of Bogotá, is a Colombian politician and journalist. ... The Republic of Colombia is a country in north-western South America. ... Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with indigenous people of tropical America in conserving the biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest as well as the culture and land of its indigenous people. ... Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. ...

External links

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References

  • [2]
  1. ^ http://www.extension.harvard.edu/2007-08/about/tradition.jsp
  2. ^ http://www.fas.harvard.edu/home/about/welcome.html
  3. ^ http://www.extension.harvard.edu/2007-08/programs/undergrad/reqs/alb.jsp
  4. ^ http://www.extension.harvard.edu/2007-08/programs/undergrad/admit/trans.jsp
  5. ^ http://www.extension.harvard.edu/2007-08/programs/undergrad/reqs/
  6. ^ http://www.extension.harvard.edu/2007-08/programs/undergrad/options.jsp
  7. ^ http://www.extension.harvard.edu/2007-08/programs/
  8. ^ http://www.extension.harvard.edu/2007-08/programs/alm/reqs/hi.jsp
  9. ^ http://www.extension.harvard.edu/2007-08/programs/alm/reqs/thesis.jsp
  10. ^ http://www.extension.harvard.edu/2007-08/programs/alm/reqs/
  11. ^ http://www.extension.harvard.edu/2007-08/programs/alm/admit/
  12. ^ http://www.extension.harvard.edu/2007-08/programs/
  13. ^ http://www.extension.harvard.edu/2007-08/programs/
  14. ^ http://www.extension.harvard.edu/2007-08/programs/it/cert/reqs/
  15. ^ Admission : Harvard Extension School
  16. ^ Eli Whitney Students Program | Transfer & Other Programs | Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  17. ^ http://www.extension.harvard.edu/2008-09/programs/undergrad/help/#campus
  18. ^ http://www.college.harvard.edu/student/index.html
  19. ^ http://www.extension.harvard.edu/2008-09/programs/perks.jsp
  20. ^ http://hesa.dce.harvard.edu/
  21. ^ http://www.extension.harvard.edu/alumni/about/notable.jsp
  22. ^ http://www.forbes.com/finance/mktguideapps/personinfo/FromPersonIdPersonTearsheet.jhtml?passedPersonId=928728
  23. ^ http://www.extension.harvard.edu/alumni/publications/chord/07feb/#sal

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Halle
4th July 2011
Some of this information is out of date.

A solid B (3.0 GPA) is required for admission, not B-, and you must also have earned a B or higher in the required Expository Writing course prior to applying.
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