Joint Concentrations

History & Literature welcomes joint concentrations, and it aspires to make the integration of two concentrations as seamless as possible. In past years, History & Literature students have completed joint concentrations with:

  • African and African American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Classics
  • East Asian Studies
  • Folklore and Mythology
  • History and Science
  • Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures 
  • Theater, Dance, and Media
  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality

History & Literature must be the primary concentration in any joint plan of study, except when the student plans to pursue a creative senior project. In that case, the department providing artistic training may be the primary concentration. Students interested in joint concentrations should discuss their plans with the Director of Studies.

Joint concentrators are usually required to complete the History & Literature junior tutorial, junior essay, and the senior oral examination; the senior thesis will be administered jointly by the two departments. Course requirements in the History & Literature portion of the joint concentration will be determined by the student and 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 will be determined in consultation with both concentrations. 

Students are also welcome to pursue a secondary field in addition to their concentration in History & Literature. Concentrators with comparative and transnational interests may find that secondary fields allow them to pursue coursework that complements and enriches their work in the program. 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.