Joint Concentrations in the Classics and an Allied Field

Students who wish to combine the study of the Classics and another field may pursue a joint concentration. One of the fields will be designated the “primary field” and the other the “allied field,” according to the student’s own choice. Joint concentrators have successfully integrated fields ranging from English to chemistry to music with Classics. One popular pairing involves Classics and History: a Joint Concentration in Ancient History (Greek and Roman). Potential Joint Concentrators should arrange a meeting with the DUS and upload a Plan of Study to my.harvard before the Joint Concentration can be approved.

A joint concentration is not comparable to a "double major" at other institutions. Whereas a double major normally requires that a student complete the full requirements of each field, a joint concentration normally involves combining the requirements of the two fields into a single course of study with approximately the same total number of courses as any other concentration, i.e., roughly half from each field. Harvard does not offer double concentrations.

A joint concentration in Classics requires six courses (seven for the class of 2018 onwards) from among those listed under Classics in the FAS Registrar's Course Catalog, including cross-listed courses. Like other Classics concentrators, students may choose to focus on "Classical Civilizations" or "Classical Languages and Literatures." Students should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies of the allied field to determine the other requirements for their joint concentration. 

Note that all joint concentrators are required to write a senior thesis and hence are eligible for Honors. The following table is a simplified version of the requirements. For complete details, please see Classics in Fields of Concentration.

The joint concentration also regularly accepts credit from both Study Abroad and Advanced Standing toward concentration requirements. 

 

Classical Civilizations and an Allied Field

  • Basic requirements: Six letter-graded half courses in Classics (Seven for the class of 2018 onwards).
  • One semester of Classical Studies 97a or 97b.
  • One semester of Classics 98 (must be taken for a letter-grade).
  • Two half-courses in Greek and/or Latin.
  • Classical Studies 112 Regional Studya multi-disciplinary and problem-based in-depth survey of a region of the ancient Mediterranean world, to be taken at any stage in the Concentration, provided either 97a or 97b has been completed or is being taken concurrently. 
  • One additional half-course from among those listed under Classics in the FAS Registrar's Course Catalog, including cross-listed courses. (Two half-courses for the class of 2018 onwards.)
  • Additional coursework as required by the allied field.
  • A senior thesis, which includes the completion of two semesters of Classics 99 or the equivalent in the allied field, as appropriate.

Classical Languages and Literatures and an Allied Field

  • Basic requirements: Six letter-graded half courses in Classics (Seven for the class of 2018 onwards)
  • One semester of Classical Studies 97a or 97b.
  • One semester of Classics 98 (Must be taken for a letter-grade).
  • Four half-courses in Greek and/or Latin, at least two of which must be at the 100- level or above (H and K are considered 100-level), and at least one of which must be a course in the history of Greek or Latin literature, numbered 112a or 112b (or equivalent in the case of Byzantine/ Modern Greek and Medieval Latin).
  • For the class of 2018 onwards: one additional half-course from among those listed under Classics in the FAS Registrar's Course Catalog, including cross-listed courses. 
  • Additional coursework as required by the allied field.
  • A senior thesis, which includes the completion of two semesters of either Classics 99 or the equivalent in the allied field, as appropriate.