Ethnicity, Migration, Rights

The secondary field in Ethnicity, Migration, Rights (EMR, formerly Ethnic Studies) offers students an opportunity to pursue sustained, interdisciplinary study of ethnicity, migration, indigeneity, and human rights, especially with attention to Asian American, Latino, and Native American topics. Courses in EMR are taught by faculty from across the disciplines in FAS, as well as at other Harvard schools, and draw on materials from the humanities and social science.

Study in EMR allows students to explore our core areas from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Students who decide to pursue the secondary field can choose from a wide range of courses under the guidance of an academic adviser from the Committee. Given the relevance of EMR topics to both local and global issues, the secondary field both encourages and provides opportunities for interacting directly with local communities and working outside the traditional classroom.

The secondary field in EMR offers opportunities to focus in a meaningful way in the areas of ethnicity, migration, indigeneity, and human rights. Students may take courses in several of these areas or choose to focus on one or two of these tracks. A specialty track in Latino Studies is available.

REQUIREMENTS: 5 courses (20 credits)

The Committee offers two secondary field pathways. Students must complete FIVE courses from the approved course list, which can be found in the course search in courses.my.harvard.edu and on the EMR website.

Ethnicity, Migration, Rights

The general pathway in EMR requires five courses (20 credits).

  1. One Portal Course. Courses designated as Portal Courses are meant to give students an overview of one or more of our core areas and should be taught by Harvard ladder faculty. Many Portal Courses are taught by EMR committee members. On occasion, a student may be granted permission to use another course from the list as a Portal Course. Students wishing to discuss this option should do so with the Secondary Field Academic Adviser.
  2. Four additional courses must be taken, two of which must be above the introductory level.

Latino Studies

The goal of this secondary pathway is to support study of Latinos in the United States including attention to history, language, culture, demographics, legal rights, and immigration status. 

Five courses (20 credits) are required. 

  1. One Portal Course in Latino Studies.  Courses designated as Portal Courses are meant to give students an overview of one or more of our core areas and should be taught by Harvard ladder faculty.  Many Portal Courses are taught by EMR committee members.  On occasion, a student may be granted permission to use another course from the list as a Portal Course.  Students wishing to discuss this option should do so with a Secondary Field Academic Advisor.
  2. Three elective courses in Latino Studies.  Two of these electives must be above the introductory level. 
  3. One comparative course.  Comparative courses should consider study of ethnicity and culture from another perspective, which may include the study of another ethnic group within the United States or another globally comparative framework.

OTHER INFORMATION

Four of the five courses must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a B- or better. One course, including approved Freshman Seminars, may be taken Pass/Fail or SAT/UNS.

Courses related to the fields of EMR from study abroad, Harvard Summer School, and other Harvard schools may count toward the secondary field with approval.

Harvard College policy states that only one course may be double-counted for concentration credit and secondary field credit. There is no limit to the number of courses that can be double-counted for secondary field credit and General Education credit.

Students should consult with the Secondary Field Academic Adviser for guidance in choosing appropriate courses or to request approval for course exceptions.

ADVISING RESOURCES AND EXPECTATIONS

To declare your interest in pursuing the secondary field in EMR, please go online and follow the prompts of the Secondary Field Web Tool.

Students considering the secondary field should consult with the Secondary Field Academic Adviser at emr@fas.harvard.edu as soon as possible.

Faculty advisers are available for consultation regarding specialization in a given track. Students working towards a secondary field in EMR can reach out to these advisers for guidance on course path, extracurricular options, and other questions. See the EMR website for a list of current faculty advisers.