History & Literature encourages students to take courses across a wide variety of departments and disciplines, so concentrators choose a field of study to ensure that their plan of study has coherence and depth. There are seven fields of study in the concentration, each focused on a different theme, period, or place in world history and literature:

In addition to the 8 courses required for each field, all concentrators complete 1 course that satisfies the Language Requirement and 5 History & Literature tutorials: Sophomore Tutorial (spring); Junior Tutorial (fall and spring); Senior Tutorial (fall and spring).

To allow plenty of time for academic advising and intellectual exploration, concentrators do not choose a field until the end of the sophomore year. Students have the option to count toward the concentration an introductory humanities course such as HUM 10, HUM 11, or HUM 12 or one HL90 Seminar on any topic, regardless of field.