Andrew Teeter teaching a class

HDS offers a wide variety of courses designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of interests and to give students both breadth and depth of knowledge in a variety of fields, religious traditions, languages, and concepts. Lecture courses typically are an opportunity to more broadly explore while seminars give students an in-depth look at a specific topic, idea, or concept. Students in all degree programs are strongly encouraged to venture outside their immediate areas of interest and experience.

Harvard University's student information system, my.harvard, provides the definitive listing of courses at HDS and is updated regularly. To browse course listings by instructor or program requirement, please see Finding Courses in my.harvard. HDS reserves the right to withdraw or modify courses as appropriate.

Limited enrollment courses

To register for a course with limited enrollment, students must obtain the approval of the instructor during the my.harvard enrollment or cross-registration process. (See "Permission Required to Enroll in my.harvard" in the Harvard University Information Technology's IT Help site.) Instructors reserve the right to make their initial selection from among Harvard Divinity School students.

Reading and research courses

ThD, ThM, and specially qualified MTS and MDiv candidates may choose to engage in independent study with a faculty member, individually or in small groups. Reading and Research courses are equivalent to a 4 unit course and may be taken for a letter grade or on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. To register, students should list the course as "Reading and Research" and must obtain the faculty member's signature during shopping period. Only full members of the HDS Faculty may supervise a Reading and Research course. A specific title may be assigned to a reading and research course upon the student’s consultation with the faculty member.


Federal law now requires Harvard to disclose certain information about the textbooks instructors have assigned for courses at Harvard Divinity School. The Harvard Coop has agreed to provide this information to students, who may access it via the my.harvard Course Search. Use the "Harvard Coop" link on each course detail page to see updated textbook information on the Coop's website.