A Harvard degree has five required components:
- an overall Credit Requirement that sets the minimum amount of coursework you must complete in order to graduate; how much of your coursework must be taken for a letter grade; and the grades you must earn in order to meet this requirement
- an Expository Writing component that will prepare you for the rigor of college-level writing
- a Foreign Language component that will expand your intellectual and cultural horizons and that may open opportunities for you to research, study, or work abroad
- a General Education component that will connect your work inside the classroom – in courses that range across the spectrum of liberal arts and sciences – to your life outside the classroom and after Harvard
- a Concentration component that will deepen your understanding of a specific field, its questions and its methods, and that will hone your analytic, research, and writing skills
For information about each of these components, see below.