Joints and Secondaries

History & Literature welcomes joint concentrations and secondary concentrations, and it aspires to make the integration of two concentrations as seamless as possible. This page offers an overview of how joints and secondaries work in History & Literature, but students are encouraged to speak with an adviser for more specific information.

Joint Concentrations

In past years, History & Literature students have pursued joint concentrations with:

Course requirements in the History & Literature portion of the joint concentration will be determined by the Director of Studies. Courses in both the primary and allied programs are taken into consideration in calculating a joint concentrator's concentration GPA. Degree recommendations for joint concentrators take into consideration thesis readings from both concentrations, and a faculty member from the other concentration is invited to participate in the senior oral exam that confirms honors in History & Literature. 

Joint concentrators are expected to complete all History & Literature requirements, but permission can be granted to substitute one semester of the History & Literature tutorial with a tutorial from the other concentration. For example, joint concentrators in History & Literature and Studies in Women, Gender, and Sexuality have the option of taking the WGS junior tutorial in place of the spring semester of History & Literature's junior tutorial, though students may also take both. 

History & Literature must be the primary concentration in any joint plan of study, except when the student plans to pursue a creative senior thesis. In that case, the department providing artistic training may be the primary concentration, and History & Literature will be the allied field. As a result, students pursuing creative theses will follow the thesis deadlines and honors process of the department providing artistic training, and those students will not take History & Literature's oral exam.

For example, to pursue a performance-based thesis as a joint concentrator in History & Literature and Theater, Dance, and Media, TDM would be the primary concentration, and History & Literature would be the allied field. The thesis would follow TDM’s process, with one modification: the written component should reflect History & Literature's methods of research, analysis, and argumentation. As such, it should be 5,000-10,000 words, excluding notes and bibliography, to represent the substantial work undertaken in History & Literature. Along the same lines, History & Literature students pursuing a studio or film/video thesis as part of a joint concentration in Art, Film, and Visual Studies would follow AFVS's process as primary concentrators in AFVS, with a 5,000-10,000 word written component that represents the work undertaken in History & Literature. Joint concentrators pursuing creative writing theses as primary concentrators in English also submit a statement (of any length) situating the project in the context of History & Literature coursework. 

Secondary Fields

Students are also welcome to pursue a secondary field in addition to their concentration in History & Literature. Only one course may count for both the secondary field and the concentration. While students are welcome to discuss with their History & Literature tutors how a particular secondary field relates to their plan of study, secondary fields are ultimately administered by the granting department or program. In past years, History & Literature students have pursued secondary fields in: