FAQs

When can I declare a secondary field in GHHP? Do I have to apply for acceptance?

You can easily delare GHHP as your secondary field as soon as you have chosen a concentration; simply sign up on my.harvard. All students are welcome to join GHHP; no application is required. Once you officially declare, you'll be one of "our" students and we'll keep you informed about GHHP advising resources, courses, research opportunities, etc.

If you're a freshman or first-semseter sophomore and have not yet declared your concentration but intend to purse the GHHP Secondary Field, you can be asked to be put on our "pre-app" mailing list; this will keep you infomed about relevant GHHP events and opportunities. Please email us at ghhp@fas.harvard.edu with your request, and include your house and year.

What is the difference between GHHP 99 and GHHP 91?

GHHP 99 is a guided research seminar offered every spring, taught by graduate students, with a regular weekly meeting time. TFs work with students in small groups to complete their research papers. GHHP 91 is similar to an independent study (but graded) where the student is working independently, under the guidance of a faculty advisor, to write his/her research paper. Meeting times are determined jointly by the student and advisor.

Can I take a course pass/fail and count it towards GHHP?

Only one of the five courses that you count for GHHP may be non-letter-graded. (Exception: two courses may be taken non-letter-graded if one is the required research component, i.e. one term of your senior research tutorial.)