50 Book (Concentrations)

Academic Divisions

At Harvard, fields of study are administratively organized in three divisions (Art & Humanities, Science, and Social Science) and one school (Engineering and Applied Sciences).  The different fields that cluster in each of these areas are to some degree overlapping – some because they share a common set of questions and methods (e.g., the various life science fields in the Division of Science), others because they are directed towards a similar goal (e.g., the strong technology /design focus in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences [SEAS]).

In addition to learning about the different concentrations, you will find it helpful to learn about the divisions:

As you explore different fields of study, it is important to keep in mind that Harvard’s concentrations are highly interdisciplinary.  Psychology, for instance, though housed in the division of Social Science, has strong affinities with fields in the division of Science; History, though housed in the same division, has strong affinities with the Arts & Humanities; East Asian Studies, though housed in the division of Arts & Humanities, has strong affinities with the Social Sciences; and so on.  You are strongly advised to read about all of Harvard’s fields of study.  An awareness of interdisciplinary connections greatly expands the range of fields you may wish to explore, and can lead you down unexpected and exciting new paths.


Overviews of all the concentrations are available on this website, including

  • what you can learn by studying them at Harvard
  • what if any "tracks" (i.e., subfields of study) they offer
  • what sort of advising they provide
  • what their alumni have gone on to do
  • whom you can contact for advice and answers to questions
  • links to departmental websites
  • a list of suggested and/or required gateway courses

To give you a taste of what might await you, in future years, should you decide to pursue study of a particular field, each overview also includes a sample listing of

  • advanced courses
  • past senior theses
  • departmental research opportunities
  • faculty research or publications

In addition to reviewing the concentration overviews on this site, be sure to review the corresponding overviews in Fields of Concentration (in the Handbook for Students), the College’s academic resource of record.  Fields is the official word on concentration requirements.