Choosing a Concentration

How Do I Start Thinking About Which Concentration To Declare? 

Choosing a concentration is a seminal moment in a student's academic journey at Harvard. Students should focus on three key areas in determining their concentration: reflect, research and declare.


As students prepare to declare their concentrations, reflecting on the following considerations and discussing these aspects with their sophomore advisers will help guide the exploration and decision-making process:

  • Reflect on academic interests and long-term career goals

  • Think about the concentration experience, including (but not limited to) advising structure, research opportunities, required courses, thesis

  • Watch this webinar on building your advising network and choosing your concentration

  • Map an 8 semester plan for completing concentration requirements (may be multiple if choosing between different concentrations). Consider sequencing and availability of courses, other academic plans (secondary field, citation, electives) and College Curriculum courses (General Education and Divisional Distribution requirements)


To learn more about the concentration requirements, declaring a concentration, or concentration advising, we recommend the following:


To declare a concentration, students must fill out the form via my.harvardFurther technical instructions to submit the Declaration of Concentration are also available.

  • Some concentrations require additonal actions in advance of completing the Declaration of Concentration form.  A list of these concentrations can be found in this Google Doc.

If you have further questions, we encourage students to connect with their sophomore advisers.  The APO also has experienced advisers who are available to talk with you about your coursework, concentration selection process, and other academic planning. Please sign up via our scheduling page


A captioned recording of the Choosing a Concentration Webinar (held on 10/8/20 at 4pm ET) is available on the Harvard College YouTube page. We are also sharing the presentation from the Webinar.



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