The faculty and staff of the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies aim to provide the best possible teaching and advising to Harvard undergraduates. We expect our students to do excellent work in the classroom and we provide extensive resources to support them. We understand that our students’ interests inside the classroom are often influenced by their experiences outside the classroom, and our advisors work to help students connect their learning with their lives. Many of our students do work that is connected with public service, and we encourage this. We expect our students to respect a range of ideas and opinions in the classroom and to use their time in college to explore their own values and beliefs in relation to empirical evidence as well as the values and beliefs of others.