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Choosing Your Area of Focus

You have many options when pursuing your Harvard degree. We offer more than 3,700 courses in 50 undergraduate fields of study, which we call concentrations. Many of our concentrations are interdisciplinary.

Your plan of study is individualized to meet your academic goals, and there is no predetermined curriculum—even during your freshman year, with the exception of the Expository Writing 20 course that is required of all freshmen.

If your academic goals are best met through a unique, personalized field of study, you have the flexibility to craft your own special concentration. You may also choose to include a secondary field in your plan of study.

Courses within your concentration will provide many opportunities to make close connections with faculty. Many departmental seminars enroll 10 or fewer students.


About half of all Harvard students choose an honors track within their concentrations, and most of them write senior theses or complete research projects under the one-on-one supervision of professors and departmental tutors.


Tutorials, which are taught in small groups or individually by instructors in your field of concentration, are another central part of many students’ plans of study. Tutorials will encourage you to develop more scholarly approaches to your discipline, and you may include them every year you choose, from sophomore through senior.

Available concentrations



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