When I got to Harvard, I legitimately had no idea what I wanted to major in (or “concentrate in,” as I would later learn it was called at Harvard) — all I knew for sure was that I didn’t want to be pre-med and I wasn’t crazy about math. As freshman year went on, I started to hear more and more about Social Studies, which older friends and coworkers recommended for me as soon as I told them I “didn’t know what I wanted to study but was interested in the social sciences.” Social Studies is the best of all worlds; you get to take classes in the social sciences while centering around a topic or area that truly interests and engages you. You are not limited by any particular department, which gives you an amazing amount of freedom while still maintaining the specificity of centering your classes around your focus field (and there’s plenty of time to figure your focus field out - I still don’t know!!) And even though Social Studies has several requirements, I can truly say (as a girl who does not particularly like math or Economics) that they are wholly worth it and I have truly learned so much from being a Social Studies concentrator.
Bonus — Social Studies concentrators are a super tight-knit and passionate group, and you will surely become friends with your Social Studies 10 peers by the end of the year!
I would love to talk to you further about Social Studies or anything else, so please feel free to reach out to me!
Academic Interests: Racial/ethnic/socioeconomic inequality, the American legal system, prisons and the function of punishment in our society, social theory, education
Extracurriculars: Diversity Peer Educator, Black Pre-Law Association (BPLA), Harvard Undergraduate Legal Committee (HULC), Radcliffe Research Partner, Association of Black Harvard Women (ABHW), Our Harvard Can Do Better
Career plans: Law school, higher education