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 intellectual exploration, concentrators do not choose a field until the end of the sophomore year. After declaring a field, students have the option to count toward the concentration an introductory humanities course such as Hum 10The Art of Looking/Listening/Reading, or one HL90 Seminar on any topic, regardless of field.