Concentration Declaration

Sophomores in Harvard College must declare their intended concentration by Thursday, November 14, 2019. The road to declaration can be complicated, full of stops and starts and shifting pathways. To help students navigate the many options for study available in the College, our Arts & Humanities departments hold events in the weeks leading up to Concentration Declaration Day. These events range from open houses to sundae socials. At each event, representatives of the department are on hand to answer questions about opportunities and experiences in the concentration, as well as the declaration procedure.

Consult the list below to find events for students (not just sophomores, but also curious first years and upperclass students exploring secondary fields!) geared towards concentration advising and community building.

Art, Film, and Visual Studies

Joint Information Session for Prospective Concentrators with Music and TDM
Thursday, October 24, 11:30am-1:30pm
Holden Chapel

Lunch provided!
Contact Mary MacKinnon for more info:

Drop-in Office Hours!

  • Professor Matt Saunders, AFVS Director of Undergraduate Studies, can advise on the concentration. Sign up here for office hours, or email him at
  • Professor Kate Rennebohm can advise on the Film and Visual Studies Track on Fridays, 3-4pm in Sever 4th floor, M-07, or email her at
  • Paula Soares, the AFVS manager of the academic programs' office, is holding special sophomore drop-in office hours starting Thursday, October 24 through Thursday, October 31, 10am-1pm (except Wednesday, October 30, hours 12:50-5pm) in Carpenter Center 102. You can email her at

AFVS is an application concentration. Apply by 5pm on Thursday, October 31!

The Classics

Information session and party for first-years and sophomores
Tuesday, October 29, 5-6:30pm
Ticknor Lounge, Boylston Hall

Come learn more about concentrating in Classics! Faculty, staff, and students of the Department of the Classics will be there to answer any questions you might have. Refreshments provided!

Comparative Literature

Pizza with Comp Lit Concentrators
Monday, October 21, 6-6:45pm
Dana-Palmer House Seminar Room

Join current Comp Lit concentrators for pizza to get the inside scoop on the department!


Drop-in Office Hours with Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Sandra Naddaff
Tuesday, October 29, 11:30-1pm
Dana-Palmer House 209

A great chance to ask your questions about life in the Comp Lit concentration.

Comp Lit is an application concentration. The application is available on the Prospective Students page and is due on Thursday, October 31st. 

For more information, please visit our website. We encourage you as well to check out our Alumni page to find out what our past students are doing now.

East Asian Studies

EAS Halloween Craft & Tea Break: Let’s Make てるてる坊主!
Thursday, October 31, 11am-1pm
EAS Undergraduate Office (9 Kirkland Place, room 102)

Teruteru Bouzu, weather charms popularized in the Edo period, are often seen in Japan to this day. Since they look like cute little ghosts and are tied to youkai (monsters/ghosts), and since we’re having such a rainy October, we’re making them for Halloween! Come Create your own to ensure good weather for your weekend plans!

All materials will be provided. Drop in at any point! Tea, coffee, Halloween treats and Asian snacks will be served!
Questions? EAS Program Assistant:


Interested in a concentration/joint concentration in EAS?

Dominic Toscano, ADUS for Sophomores, will hold office hours the below dates/times.

To set up an appointment, contact Dominic’s office hours: M 11/11: 12:00pm-2:00pm | Tu 11/12: 1:00pm-3:00pm | Th 11/14: 1:00pm-3:00pm(or by appointment) | 9 Kirkland Place, 1st Floor.
If interested in an EAS secondary field, please contact Nicole Escolas at

Germanic Languages & Literatures

German Weekend in New York
October 19-20, 2019

The German department hosts prospective concentrators and secondary fielders in German for a trip to New York City, where students will visit Austrian artwork at the Neue Galerie and learn more about the study of German at Harvard.

Kaffeestunde Spezial
Wednesday, November 6, 4:30-6pm
Dana Palmer House, 1st floor seminar room

Join the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures for our Open House! Drop by for coffee, cakes, and pretzel sandwiches from Swissbäkers! Meet faculty and other students in Germanic Languages!

History & Literature

Hist & Lit Open House
Tuesday, October 29, 6:30-8pm
Thompson Room, Barker Center

Meet faculty and concentrators, and learn more about joining the Hist & Lit community!


Fall Open House
Wednesday, October 23, 5-7pm
Boylston 3rd floor

Come talk to concentrators, graduate students, and faculty of the Linguistics department over food!


Joint Information Session for Prospective Concentrators with AFVS and Music
Thursday, October 24, 11:30-1:30pm
Holden Chapel

Lunch provided!
Contact Mary MacKinnon for more info:

Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations

Open House for Prospective Concentrators
Thursday, October 24, 2-4pm
Harvard Semitic Museum room 106

Current NELC undergraduate and graduate students will be on hand to discuss the department as a whole and its relationship to sub-fields such as Modern Middle East, Ancient Near East, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, and their respective language studies. Seasonal snack and beverages will be served!


Information Session for Sophomores
Friday, November 1, 2-3pm
Emerson Hall, Robbins Library

Considering a Philosophy concentration or secondary? Come by Robbins Library to meet our undergraduate advising team, and talk with faculty members and current concentrators.

Study of Religion


Romance Languages & Literatures

Lunch with Faculty & Concentrators
Tuesday, October 29, 11:30am-1:30pm

RLL Discovery Hors d'oeuvres
Wednesday, October 30, 3:30-5:30pm

Espresso and Pastry with Faculty & Concentrators
Monday, November 4, 2:30-4:30pm

Ice Cream Sundae Social with Concentrators
Tuesday, November 12, 7-8:30pm

All events are held in the RLL Lounge on the 4th floor of Boylston Hall. 

Slavic Languages & Literatures

Slavic Department Open House
Tuesday, October 29, 4:30pm
Barker Center 3rd floor hallway

Come meet faculty and students and learn more about the Slavic department!

Theater, Dance & Media

Prospective Concentrator Meeting
Wednesday, October 23, 5:45pm
Farkas Hall 203

If you are considering concentrating in TDM, this event is a great opportunity to meet TDM faculty, staff, and students, ask any questions about concentrating in TDM, and learn about our upcoming productions and events. RSVP here:

Joint Information Session for Prospective Concentrators with AFVS and Music
Thursday, October 24, 11:30-1:30pm
Holden Chapel

Lunch provided!
Contact Mary MacKinnon for more info: