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Harvard Academics

Harvard University requires at least 16 courses to graduate with a bachelor's degree. If students would like to graduate in less time than normal, they can choose the accelerated degree program. Around 98% of students who started college at Harvard complete all the credits required within six years. Harvard offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.

What Classes Are Required at Harvard?

Harvard has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate. Students are required to fulfill a lanuage requirement as well as a math and science requirement. Students do not have to take a computer class.

Majors at Harvard

When choosing a major, Harvard students have several choices to make. Scroll down to see a full list of majors offered at Harvard below. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major. Double majoring may mean taking more courses, but it can provide a unique combination of experience that helps students stand out when looking for a job or applying to grad school.

If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, they can design their own major. Harvard does not require all students to complete a senior project.

Does Harvard Have Services For Students With Disabilities?

Harvard offers services for students with disabilities. Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Disability Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.

Does Harvard Have An Online Program?

Harvard does not have distance learning options or fully-online programs, so students must be able to attend classes on-campus.

Does Harvard Give AP Credit?

Harvard offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.

Does Harvard Have An Honor's Program?

Harvard offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, and does not offer a Freshman Honors College. The Freshman Honors college provides a rich curriculum for highly-motivated first-year students.

Does Harvard Require Internships?

Internships are a great way to get work experience, discover career paths that might fit you, or rule out ones that don't.

Harvard Majors & Subject Areas

Environmental Studies
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Landscape Architecture
Architectural History and Criticism, General
Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology
American/United States Studies/Civilization
East Asian Studies
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Russian Studies
South Asian Studies
Ural-Altaic and Central Asian Studies
German Studies
African-American/Black Studies
Women's Studies
Gay/Lesbian Studies
Folklore Studies
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer Science
Education, General
Multicultural Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Secondary School Administration/Principalship
Urban Education and Leadership
Educational/Instructional Technology
International and Comparative Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
Mathematics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
Education, Other
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Software Engineering
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
Engineering Science
Mechanical Engineering
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
Comparative Literature
African Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Korean Language and Literature
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Russian Language and Literature
Polish Language and Literature
Bosnian, Serbian, and Croatian Languages and Literatures
German Language and Literature
Scandinavian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Swedish Language and Literature
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
Modern Greek Language and Literature
Hindi Language and Literature
Sanskrit and Classical Indian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
French Language and Literature
Italian Language and Literature
Portuguese Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Arabic Language and Literature
Hebrew Language and Literature
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Latin Language and Literature
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
Celtic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Indonesian/Malay Languages and Literatures
Human Nutrition
Legal Studies, General
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General
English Language and Literature, General
Creative Writing
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
Developmental Biology and Embryology
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Cell Biology and Anatomy
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Microbiology and Immunology
Genetics, General
Genome Sciences/Genomics
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Computational Biology
Evolutionary Biology
Systematic Biology/Biological Systematics
Neurobiology and Anatomy
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Mathematics, General
Applied Mathematics, General
Computational Mathematics
Statistics, General
Historic Preservation and Conservation, Other
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Museology/Museum Studies
Behavioral Sciences
Natural Sciences
Ancient Studies/Civilization
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
Religion/Religious Studies
Theology/Theological Studies
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other
Planetary Astronomy and Science
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other
Chemistry, General
Chemical Physics
Chemistry, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Physics, General
Atomic/Molecular Physics
Psychology, General
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
Experimental Psychology
Social Psychology
Clinical Psychology
Educational Psychology
Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis, General
Education Policy Analysis
Health Policy Analysis
Public Policy Analysis, Other
Social Sciences, General
Physical and Biological Anthropology
Economics, General
International Relations and Affairs
Political Science and Government, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General
Digital Arts
Design and Applied Arts, Other
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Music, General
Music Performance, General
Dental Clinical Sciences, General
Advanced General Dentistry
Oral Biology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
Dental Public Health and Education
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics
Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences, Other
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Medical Scientist
Public Health, General
Environmental Health
Public Health Education and Promotion
International Public Health/International Health
Behavioral Aspects of Health
Public Health, Other
Medical Informatics
Bioethics/Medical Ethics
Business/Commerce, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Research and Development Management
Project Management
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Organizational Behavior Studies
Real Estate
History, General
American History (United States)
European History
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
Asian History
History, Other

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