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 pursued joint concentrations with:
- African American Studies
- Art, Film, and Visual Studies
- East Asian Studies
- Folklore and Mythology
- History and Science
- Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
- Romance Languages and Literatures
- Slavic Languages and Literatures
- Theater, Dance, and Media
- Women, Gender, and Sexuality
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, with a 5,000-10,000 word written component that represents the work undertaken in History & Literature. Joint concentrators pursuing creative writing theses in English also submit a statement (of any length) situating the project in the context of History & Literature coursework.