Stand-alone Secondary Fields

What is a Secondary Field?

In addition to offering concentrations, many Harvard departments also offer students the option of pursuing a less intensive structured course of study: secondary fields.  Secondary fields may be of especial interest to students whose elective course choices cluster in a particular area of study, providing them with an opportunity to explore an intellectual passion in greater depth.  Secondary fields are entirely optional. 

View a complete listing of Harvard secondary fields and their requirements.  The secondary fields listed below are not affiliated with FAS concentrations.

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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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, indigeneity, and human rights to provide curricular and co-curricular enrichment for Harvard College students. The Committee serves as a clearinghouse for courses giving attention to fluid group boundaries that emerge...

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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...

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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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