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New April 21, 2014

Consultation Form on Long-Range Academic Plans

Dear student in the class of 2016,

Between now and the third week of April, you should plan to meet with your sophomore adviser or a faculty member to discuss a tentative program of study for your junior and senior years.  This meeting is mandatory.  There is also a consultation form that you must fill out and turn in to your residential college dean, but filling out the form is secondary to the primary goal of the meeting: taking stock of your academic objectives and reflecting on your progress as you work on a program of study for the rest of your undergraduate career.

Filling out the form is meant to help you organize your future courses into a preliminary but coherent program of study.  Selections should satisfy your intellectual interests and plans; the distributional requirements; and the requirements for your major.  This planning process entails no formal commitment on your part to specific academic choices and courses, but it is a critical element of the sophomore year.

You may pick any faculty member for this consultation — your current sophomore adviser, a DUS, or another appropriate person.  The point is to discuss your plans with a faculty member who is knowledgeable about your area of interest and with whom you can talk comfortably.  The person you choose may or may not be your faculty adviser next year, because your adviser for your junior and senior years is the DUS in your major or a designated departmental representative.

Your residential college dean is always willing to help you choose an appropriate faculty adviser and to discuss your academic considerations and plans.

Your spring consultation with a faculty member should be both extensive and thoughtful, taking into account not only the courses you will probably take for your major, but also those outside it.  

The deadline for turning in your Consultation Form on Long-Range Academic Plans to your residential college dean’s office is 5:00 p.m. on April 24, 2014 

Additional information and links may be found on the Sophomore Web Site, under “Getting Advice.”

New, April 13, 2014

For Sophomore Prospective Political Science Majors

Date & Time: 
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 5:30pm
WLH 119 

The Political Science Department is hosting a short information session for sophomores interested in learning more about the Political Science major.  

Please come on time for a presentation of how the major works and come with questions.  In the meantime, please visit the Political Science web site at

especially its list of FAQs 

Prof. David Simon, DUS of Political Science, looks forward to answering your questions.


Preregistration and preference selection for some spring 2014 courses

Some courses offered by the departments and programs below require preregistration or the recording of a preference for section day and time prior to the beginning of classes.

Info Session listings for Majors and Programs in Yale College.

African Studies | African American Studies | Archeological Studies | Art | Classics | Cognitive Science | Computer Science & its joint majors (Arts; Mathematics; Psychology; or Electrical Engineering) | East Asian Languages and Literatures | East Asian Studies | Economics, and Economics and Mathematics | Education Studies | English | Environmental Studies | Ethics, Politics and Economics  (EPE) | French | Geology and Geophysics | Global Affairs | Humanities & Summer in Rome | Italian | MacMillan Center  | Modern Middle East Studies | Political Science | Portuguese | Psychology | Religious Studies | Russian, and Russian and East European Studies | Spanish | Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Yale in London

Sophomores on Sophomore Year

“Sophomore year, and especially the summer after that, should be a time to explore different fields.” “Look ahead to junior and senior years because there are some provisions like studying abroad and class load in senior year that should be taken into account.”
“You can still join extracurricular groups in sophomore year. It’s a great time to try something new.” “It’s OK if you don’t have your entire life planned by now. Most will change their minds anyway.”
“The best advice I can give about ‘sophomore slump’ is just to stick it out. Don’t drop anything you’ve previously liked just because you’re feeling down. Chances are, when your situation improves, you’ll appreciate it even more. Be careful about making major decisions (changing a major, quitting an activity, etc.) when you know you’re not really at your best.” “Don’t be afraid to have fun! People get stressed out, but you should have a few nights when you just stay up watching movies with your friends. Make sure that you leave time for yourself in addition to all of your commitments. Also, sleep is good.”