Declare English

Declare English and join our community!

Sophomores, ready to declare English as your concentration? Juniors and Seniors, ready to transfer into English?
The Class of 2023 must declare by  Thursday, November 19, 2020.

All students should follow these steps: 

1. Review the Guide for Concentrators

Review your concentration requirements. 

Students in the Class of 2023 or 2024 should explore their Guide for Concentrators or the Harvard College Handbook for Students. 

Students from the Class of 2021 or 2022 transferring into the concentration should review their Guide for Concentrators

2. Choose a Concentration Adviser

This will be a faculty member you work with for the duration of your English concentration. It can be someone you’ve taken a class with or someone you share an interest with. We’re happy to make recommendations, and we’d like you to have an adviser in place when you declare. Send emails, attend office hours, get to know our faculty. All non-creative writing faculty are eligible to be concentration advisers.

3. Complete the English Concentration Plan of Study

Complete the English Concentration Plan of Study

Draft an eight-term plan of study outlining the courses you plan to take to fulfill your degree requirements. This plan is non-binding and is a useful tool to explore and understand the balance and content of your studies. You'll use this document to discuss your plan, interests, and questions with a concentration adviser. 

Plan of Study, Class of 2023 and 2024

Plan of Study, Class of 2021 and 2022

Submit your concentration declaration request in my.harvard

How to create a declaration or change of concentration request

To ensure a departmental experience rich in both breadth and depth, we encourage you to work with your faculty concentration adviser to explore your interests in depth and to explore as many subfields of English literature as possible:

  • Medieval (c. 700-1550)
  • Renaissance (c. 1550-1688)
  • Enlightenment (c. 1688-1800)
  • Romanticism (1780-1830)
  • Nineteenth Century British (c. 1815-1900)
  • Modern British (1900-present)
  • Early American (c.1700-1850)
  • American Renaissance & Post-Bellum (1850-1900)
  • Modern American (1900-present)
  • African American (1800-present)
  • Transnational Anglophone (c.1750-present)
  • Drama
  • Literary Theory
  • Creative Writing

4. Meet with an Undergraduate Program Adviser

Make an appointment with one of our undergraduate program advisers. At this meeting, we’ll review your plan of study document, approve your declaration request, and discuss advising in the concentration. Any student declaring a joint concentration must meet with one of our Associate Directors of Undergraduate Studies. 

Professor Leah Whittington
Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies
Sign up for an advising appointment here.

Beth Blum
Professor Beth Blum
Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies
Sign up for an advising appointment here.

Lauren Bimmler
Undergraduate Program Administrator
Email to set up an advising appointment. 

5. Upload Approved English Concentration Plan of Study Form

Upload your approved English Concentration Plan of Study form to my.harvard.

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