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A Joint Concentration, minor, and language certificate?

KonohakatuKonohakatu 56 replies9 threads Junior Member
Hey guys! I’m a junior and I’ve been researching colleges and I saw that Harvard has something called “Joint-Concentrations” which is similar to a double major but you connect the 2. Can anyone share their experience with it and how it worked out for them? Has anyone done one with Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science? And have people done a minor and language certification with it? I’m really interested in minoring in spanish and doing a language certification in Japanese and furthering my Japanese (I’m a blasian native speaker and I take classes in my local community but sadly my school doesn’t offer any classes. I also practice with my mom since she’s Japanese. I also speak an African language from my dad’s side and might take classes if the college I go to offers them and Harvard and a few other school offer them.). Would it also be possible to do a joint concentration in a language and Biomedical Engineering? Like if I did Biomedical Engineering and Japanese? Thanks
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  • happy1happy1 23566 replies2337 threads Senior Member
    edited December 2019
    I would not even think about joint concentrations until you actually get into Harvard. Acceptance rates are in the low single digits so the school must be considered to be a major reach for any unhooked applicant. https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2019/3/29/2023-admit-numbers/
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  • KonohakatuKonohakatu 56 replies9 threads Junior Member
    @happy1 lol ik I was just curious if anyone has experience with it and I wanted to know what it’s like and how it differs from double majors.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 40797 replies7594 threads Super Moderator
    edited December 2019
    All of this is moot until you actually get accepted. But be aware that doing a joint concentration, a secondary (which is what Harvard calls a minor) and a language citation and complete all the gen ed requirements is unlikely due to scheduling limitations. As will often happen, 2 courses you want to take meet simultaneously.

    To that end, Japanese language classes meet 5 times a week, so that one course will knock out an available MWF block and a TR block. It's not impossible if the stars align, but it would be very difficult.
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