Exploring Secondary Fields

There are 49 secondary fields, while many fields are connected to an existing concentration, the fields below are multi-disciplinary.

Celtic Languages and Literatures

celticHarvard is the only university in the United States where you can explore the culture, literature, history and languages of all the Celtic-speaking peoples. A secondary field in Celtic will introduce you to a vibrant and varied subject that encompasses literatures and languages from medieval to contemporary. Some students take a...

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Educational Studies

Ed Studies teaching imageThe Secondary Field in Educational Studies offers Harvard College undergraduates an opportunity to examine education from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Students pursuing the secondary field may explore a broad overview including course...

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Energy and 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. To this end, the Environmental Science and Public Policy (ESPP) program, in...

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Ethnicity, Migration, Rights

ethnicityThe Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights (EMR) focuses on the closely linked areas of ethnicity, migration, and indigeneity, with particular attention to Asian American, Latinx, and Native American Studies. Questions of rights– including political, legal, cultural, and economic rights – occupy an important position within...

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Global Health and Health Policy


The incidence and meaning of disease and injury, the quality and cost of health care services to prevent and treat those diseases and injuries, the variable access of citizens to those services, the role of government and politics in the provision and regulation of health care – these fundamental issues and many more...

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Medieval Studies


The Committee on Medieval Studies is an interdisciplinary group of faculty who teach and study a thousand-year-long period of European, Near Eastern, and North African history and culture spanning the period between “Antiquity" (c. 1000 BCE -500 CE) and “Modernity" (c. 1500 CE onward), one that profoundly shaped Western as well as global...

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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...

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Mind, Brain, Behavior


Knowledge about mind, brain, and behavior has expanded exponentially in recent years as complex domains of mental function and behavior are becoming susceptible to scientific elucidation. The traditional disciplines have proven remarkably successful at expanding this knowledge and have been enhanced by intellectual innovations...

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Translation Studies

TS imageThe secondary field in Translation Studies offers students the opportunity to undertake a sustained study of the theory and practice of translation. More than simply examining how meaning is transferred from one language to another, translation studies opens up a space to examine linguistic... Read more about Translation Studies