Undergraduate Program Overview

History is the study of the past. It encompasses every dimension of human interaction, including social life, the economy, culture, thought, and politics. Students of history study individuals, groups, communities, and nations from every imaginable perspective—employing all the techniques of the humanities and social sciences to raise questions and probe for answers. There is no concentration more diverse than History and none more individualistic. One can choose to study any part of the world in any epoch. History is as long ago as the most ancient civilizations or as current as yesterday's newspaper. Every moment but the present moment is part of the past and each can be the object of historical study.

Harvard students who choose History as their primary Concentration will benefit from the Department’s carefully sequenced program, which introduces students to the ways in which historians recreate the past while building skills of historical analysis, writing and research. Students with a particular interest in the history of East Asia may choose to pursue the Joint Concentration in East Asian History and students interested in the history of the Near East may choose to pursue the Joint Concentration in Near Eastern History. Students who pursue History as a Secondary Field will find the Department’s interdisciplinary emphasis as well as its attentive approach to historical methodology to be a genuine complement to their primary area of study.

Students interested in learning more about the Undergraduate Program in History are invited to visit the Information for Pre-concentrators page or contact the members of the History Undergraduate Office in Robinson Hall 101. Concentrators and pre-concentrators alike will find important information about the concentration on the Undergraduate Resources page, including a sign-up sheet for office hours, course offerings, and information about RAships, thesis grants, and other opportunities.

Ann Blair

Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS)

Heidi Tworek

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies


Laura Johnson

Staff Assistant