Secondary Fields

What is a Secondary Field?

In addition to offering concentrations, many Harvard departments also offer students the option of pursuing a less intensive structured course of study: secondary fields.  Secondary fields may be of especial interest to students whose elective course choices cluster in a particular area of study, providing them with an opportunity to explore an intellectual passion in greater depth.  Secondary fields are entirely optional. 

View a complete listing of Harvard secondary fields and their requirements.  The secondary fields listed below are not affiliated with FAS concentrations.

Energy & Environment**

The energy-environment challenge is a defining issue of our time, and one of Harvard’s greatest contributions to meeting that challenge will be the education of a new generation of leaders in science, business, law, design, and public service.  Read more about Energy & Environment**

European History, Politics, and Societies (EHPS)**

The secondary field in European History, Politics, and Societies (EHPS) offers students the opportunity to engage in the foundational study of this region from an interdisciplinary perspective. The requirements of the field are based on the principle that a nuanced understanding of modern Europe comes from a program of study which integrates various academic disciplines rather than focusing on an isolated subject. Read more about European History, Politics, and Societies (EHPS)**

Medieval Studies**

The Committee on Medieval Studies is an interdisciplinary group of faculty whose teaching and research focus on the "Middle Ages", a thousand-year-long period of European, Near Eastern, and North African history and culture spanning the period Read more about Medieval Studies**

Microbial Sciences**

Microbial sciences is an interdisciplinary approach to studying the impact of microbes at scales from global ecosystems down to single-celled microenvironments. The academic program emphasizes the joint study of species diversity, metabolic function, geochemical impact, and medical and pharmaceutical applications of microbial sciences. Read more about Microbial Sciences**