With its emphasis on critical reading skills, the evaluation of evidence, and colorful, persuasive writing, the History concentration offers an ideal preparation for professional, business, and scholarly careers. Searching for evidence, exploring patterns within large collections of data, interpreting these patterns and then communicating these interpretations to others—these skills are crucial to many professions, and they are at the core of the History Department's undergraduate concentration.
The Department welcomes joint concentrators. History offers five formal joint honors concentrations: in Ancient History (Greek and Roman), East Asian History, Near Eastern History, African or African-American History, and Anthropology and History. For more info. on joint concentrations in History, please visit: https://history.fas.harvard.edu/joint-concentrations. All other joint concentrations are designed on a case-by-case basis in consultation with both departments.
The secondary field offers an opportunity to study a particular historical interest or to explore a range of eras, regions, and themes. Some students may prefer to structure their secondary field around a particular geographical region and/or time period, such as the colonial United States. Alternatively, some students may choose instead to examine a theme, such as religion, comparatively by choosing courses on that theme from a number of different geographical and/or temporal contexts.