A note to undeclared students:
This website is designed to help you learn more about the many concentration and secondary field offerings in the College, to navigate the various online resources that are available to you for further exploration, and to point you to expert advisers who can answer your questions.
On individual concentration pages you will find descriptions of those concentrations, links to department websites, summaries of concentration requirements, a list of recommended gateway courses, and other important information departments think you should know.
We hope you will use this site to find specific information. We also hope you will spend time simply browsing its pages, guided by your curiosity. We encourage you to return to this site again and again. It is designed to assist you at every stage in your pre-concentration thinking. It is also a work in progress. We will be updating the site with new information and new enhancements in future. Please check back in.
A note about the General Education courses that are highlighted on this site:
One of the unique aspects of a Harvard education is our Program in General Education (more commonly known as Gen Ed), which requires that you take eight courses in a range of topics and disciplines. Students must complete one letter-graded course in each of the following eight categories:
• Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (A&I)
• Culture and Belief (C&B)
• Empirical and Mathematical Reasoning (EMR)
• Ethical Reasoning (ER)
• Science of Living Systems (SLS)
• Science of the Physical Universe (SPU)
• Societies of the World (SW)
• United States in the World (US/W)
*Note: on this site, “SoP” designates a course as one that engages substantially with Study of the Past.
Gen Ed courses come in two varieties: 1) stand-alone courses specifically designed for students with no college-level background in the topic or field, and 2) courses with departmental names and numbers that still fulfill the goals of the Gen Ed curriculum, but which may be more oriented towards students interested in particular concentrations (the former have names and numbers that correspond to the eight Gen Ed categories; the latter are linked to departments). Though you must complete your Gen Ed requirements before you graduate, Gen Ed courses are a particularly effective means of exploring the College’s many concentration and secondary field offerings. For more information, go to the Gen Ed website or stop by the Gen Ed office on the fourth floor of Holyoke Center.