Declare English

Declare English & join our community!

Sophomores, ready to declare English as your concentration?
Declarations for the Class of 2021 are due Thursday, November 8, 2018

Juniors and Seniors, ready to transfer into English?

Follow these steps:

1. Review our Guide for Concentrators and Honors Options to familiarize yourself with the English concentration requirements. See how your courses fit into our different tracks. These informal documents will help you complete the official Plan of Study document in Step 2.

Honors Program: Thesis Track (14 courses)
Honors Program: Non-Thesis Track (14 courses)
Elective Program (11 courses)
Honors Program: Joint Track (6-8 courses)

2. Choose a concentration advisor. 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 advisor in place when you declare. Send emails, go to office hours, get to know our faculty. All non-creative writing faculty are eligible to be concentration advisors.

3. Complete the English Concentration Plan of Study & submit your concentration declaration request in my.harvard.

How to create a declaration or change of concentration request

4. Make an appointment with one of our undergraduate program advisors to review your plan of study. At this meeting, we’ll review your plan of study document and approve your declaration request. Prospective joint concentrators must meet with Professor Burt.

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Barker Center 270
Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:30-4:30 pm



img_4163Professor Kelly Rich
Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies

Barker Center 069
Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:00-3:30 and Wednesdays 2:30-3:30 pm or make an appointment online: Schedule


Lauren Bimmler
Undergraduate Program Administrator

Barker Center 159
Office Hours: Mondays – Fridays 10 am-12 pm, 2-4 pm



Henry Vega Ortiz
Undergraduate Program Assistant

Barker Center 158
Office Hours: Mondays – Fridays 10 am-12 pm, 2-4 pm

Want to talk to a peer advisor first?

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

How to upload documents to my.harvard

To ensure a departmental experience rich in both breadth and depth, we encourage you to work with your faculty concentration advisor 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)
Literary Theory
Creative Writing