The SEAS Academic Visualizer

SEAS is a strange place.

Think about it. A young school, not fully separated from FAS and GSAS, no official departments, yet with pseudo-departments in the concept of "teaching areas", teaching areas that don't directly match the degrees offered, and a feeling that there's no clear path from your first day in the door to graduation day.

The SEAS Academic Visualizer (SEASAV) is an attempt to give structure where the structure is unclear. It focuses on connections -- how research interest areas connect to degrees, how degrees connect to teaching areas, how teaching areas connect with faculty. The hope is that by drawing these connections in a clear and visual manner, we can funnel visitors to more in-depth content and help them understand how SEAS works.

Video Walkthrough

The video below is a short introduction to SEASAV -- if you like, you can skip to the next section to view the visualization itself.

Ready to Explore SEAS Connections?

The visualization available here runs on a snapshot of the SEAS data. When SEASAV goes live on the public site it will display the most up to date content available, and we encourage you to visit it there as well.


Much of the basic heirarchical edge bundling code is borrowed from; the pie/donut chart used for labels came from here:, both by Mike Bostock.

The base CSS used on this page is borrowed from

Older snapshots of the project and example JSON files can be found at

The git repository for the project is

The vis is now live on the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences website. The Explore SEAS Connections button can be found on several pages at the top of the right column. The Academics page is a good place to start.