Secondary Field

The secondary field in Psychology allows students to study the field of psychology in as broad or as focused a path as they choose. Please explore the links below for more information regarding requirements and frequently asked questions...

How to Declare a Secondary Field in Psychology

First, be sure you understand the requirements of the secondary field and have read all the Secondary Field FAQs to understand what specific course exceptions can and cannot be made. You are ultimately responsible for making sure you meet all the requirements. Please note the Psychology Undergraduate Office will not review your courses and contact you if something has not been completed. If you have questions about whether you have met the requirements, we encourage you to email with a list of courses you took or are planning to take for review.

Then, you must declare your Secondary Field via my.harvard. To do this, simply log on to and complete a few steps...

  1. Click “Student Home” in the top left corner of the screen, and then click the “My Program” tab on the left side of the screen.
  2. Click the red “Declare Secondary” button on the “My Program” page of your my.harvard.**
  3. Select “add” from the “Action” drop-down menu, and choose Psychology.

A breakdown of this process is available with accompanying screenshots on the my.harvard website!

**Note that sophomores must first declare their concentration before this becomes an option.

If you have any questions about requirements for the secondary field in Psychology, please visit the secondary field section of the Psychology requirements chart, or email with questions. We look forward to hearing from you!