Undergraduate Fields & Minors

As a degree candidate, you may pursue a focused field of study (similar to a major) and/or a minor.

Choose the field based on your interests and goals. An academic advisor can help you select courses to suit your experience and plans. Our fields of study are customizable and easy to design around your specific learning goals.

Fields of study and minors do not change the degree earned, but do appear on your official transcript.

Fields of Study

Humanities

Sciences

Social sciences

Creative writing

Biology

Anthropology

Dramatic arts

Computer science*

Business administration and management*

English

Environmental studies

Economics**

Journalism

Mathematics

Government

Literature

 

History

Philosophy and ethics

 

International relations

Religion

 

Legal studies

Visual arts**

 

Psychology

   

 

* Due to limited undergraduate credit offerings, you may need to enroll in graduate-level courses to complete field of study requirements.                       

** Enrollment in Harvard Summer School provides wider selection of undergraduate courses in this field.

To Choose a Field of Study:

  • Complete two courses at Harvard in a chosen field with grades of B or higher. 
  • Submit a field of study proposal form to the Undergraduate Office.
  • Maintain a B grade average in 32 Harvard credits in the field, with all B– grades or higher.

Minors

You can earn up to two academic or professional minors to complement your undergraduate degree.

To customize your academic or professional minor, browse the courses that apply by filtering the undergraduate course list by minor. Choose four that meet your learning goals.

You can count a maximum of two courses toward both a field of study and one minor.

The following minors are available:  

Academic Minors Professional Minors

Anthropology

Accounting*

Biology

Biotechnology*

Creative writing

Computer science*

Dramatic arts

Business communications*

Economics

Digital media*

English

Environmental studies

Government

Finance*

History

Journalism

Mathematics

Leadership*

Psychology

Legal studies

Religion

Marketing*

Quantitative analysis

Museum studies*

 

Organizational behavior*

 

Public speaking

* Due to limited undergraduate credit offerings, you may need to enroll in graduate level courses to complete minor requirements.   

To Choose a Minor:

  • Submit a minor petition to the Undergraduate Office.
  • Maintain a B grade average in 16 Harvard credits in minor courses, with all B– grades or higher