Departmental Info Sessions, Meetings and Placement

Fall 2015 Info Sessions


  • September

History | Languages



ENGLISH Students interested in learning about the English major are invited to speak with Professor Stefanie Markovits, the English Department DUS, during her office hours, on Fridays from 1:00-3:00 p.m., or with the Associate DUS, Professor Jill Richards, during her office hours, on Tuesdays from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Questions? Contact Prof. Markovits at, LC 107.

HISTORY Please join the Yale History Department for a welcome back History Shopping Party on Wednesday, September 2, from 7-8:30 p.m. in HGS 211. The event is open to all undergraduates.  Meet and mingle with professors, learn about the semester’s courses, find out which seminars still have space, consult with the DUS, explore the new History major, and much more. Course syllabi will be available. There will also be new cake designs!

Schedule of events:
  • 7-7:30: Reception, snacks, meet and greet, consult with professors and the DUS
  • 7:30-8:10: Presentation of new courses, updates on seminar availability and the new History major
  • 8:10-8:30: Cake for dessert! Unwind and consult with professors and the DUS
For questions, contact Professor Beverly Gage, Director of Undergraduate Studies, at, HGS 238.  
LANGUAGES  The Center for Language Study invites you to participate in the 2015 Language Fair on Wednesday, September 2, on Beinecke Plaza from 12-2 p.m. Come and explore the foreign languages that are taught at Yale, meet language faculty and students learning new languages, learn about courses and discover many programs to enrich your language and cultural skills, including opportunities for international travel and study abroad. Click here to view the Language Fair poster. See more at:…

From last year Spring 2015 Info Sessions & Dinners




Environmental Studies


Art | French


Political Science

    • African Studies | African-American Studies | American Studies | Anthropology | Applied Physics | Astronomy | Electrical Engineering | English | Geology and Geophysics | Italian Language and Literature | Mathematics and Physics | Physics | Psychology | Russian | Russian and East European Studies | Slavic Languages and Literatures | Spanish | Theater Studies

African Studies Students interested in the African Studies major are invited to email the DUS, Prof. Cheryl Doss, to set up a one-on-one meeting.

African-American Studies. Students interested in the African-American Studies major are invited to one-on-one meetings with the DUS, Prof. Erica James, during her office hours, Tuesday, 1:00-3:30 p.m. in Loria 551.

American Studies. Students interested in majoring in American Studies are invited to make an appointment for one-on-one meetings with the DUS, Professor Kathryn Dudley, on Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Anthropology. Students interested in the Anthropology major are invited to one-on-one meetings with the DUS, Prof. Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan, by appointment.

Applied Physics. Anyone who might be interested in this major is encouraged to contact the DUS, Prof. Victor Henrich [], to make a one-on-one appointment. The Applied Physics major is a variation of the Intensive Physics major, modified to allow students to take courses and do research in areas of interest to them.  In addition to the prerequisites and three required core physics courses, the remaining five courses – three classroom courses and two terms of independent research – are determined by discussions between the student and the DUS.  The student chooses an area of science in which they have a special interest; the only requirement is that it contain a significant amount of physics.  A faculty advisor is selected from Applied Physics, Physics, Engineering, the Medical School, or other departments, who will supervise the research.  Three elective courses are then chosen that are related to the research, so that the classes and research are intellectually coherent.  The student thus graduates with a solid background in their area of interest, well prepared for graduate school, industry, etc. The sophomore year is not too early to start doing research in your area of interest, and Prof. Henrich can help in arranging that.

Art Dinner There will be a DUS Dinner with Professor Lisa Kereszi, DUS of the Art Department on Tuesday, March 24th from 5:20-6:15 in the Pierson Blair Room. 

Astronomy Students interested in the Astronomy major are invited to one-on-one meetings with the DUS, Prof. Priyamvada Natarajan, by appointment. Students can sign up for an appointment on the classes*v2 website by logging into the Prospective Majors group.

Electrical Engineering Prof. Roman Kuc, the Electrical Engineering DUS, holds regular one-on-one major advising sessions for sophomores during his office hours, Friday, 2:15-3:15 p.m. in 511 Becton Center. or by appointment.

English Students interested in learning about the English major are invited to speak with  Professor Jessica Brantley, the English Department DUS, during her office hours, on Tuesdays from 10:00-10:30 a.m., or with the Associate DUS, Professor John Williams, during his office hours, on Mondays from 2:00-2:30 p.m.

Environmental Studies Info Session Join the Environmental Studies Program Chair, Professor John Wargo, on February 24 at 12:30 p.m. in the Branford College Small Dining Room for an informal lunch to learn more about the major. All are welcome and no RSVP is required. Please send any questions to N.B. The spring deadline to apply to the EVST major (sophomores) is March 20, 2015.

Environmental Studies Dinner Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. in the Branford College Small Dining Room (See map). Are you interested in applying to become an Environmental Studies major?  Are you curious about the requirements? Do you have questions you’d like to ask current majors about their experience?  Join us for an informal conversation with EVST faculty and a great group of current majors! No RSVP is required, but we’d welcome a head count. Please, email if you know that you’ll join us in advance. N.B. The spring deadline to apply to the EVST major (sophomores) is March 20, 2015.

French Dinner There will be a DUS Dinner with Professor Christopher Semk, DUS of the French Department, on Thursday, March 26th from 5:30-7 in the Silliman Annex Room.

Geology and Geophysics. Students interested in pursuing careers in any aspect of the Earth sciences (including the history of Earth and its biosphere, natural resources, environmental science, climate and energy science, planetary science, and natural disasters) are encouraged to contact Prof. David Evans to arrange a meeting.  Many G&G majors join the program during their sophomore year, and the major prerequisites do not all need to be fulfilled prior to enrollment of the G&G courses. Email:

Italian Language and Literature. Students interested in the Italian major are invited to one-on-one meetings with the DUS, Prof. Christiana Purdy Moudarres, during her office hours, Thursdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m., and by appointment, at 82-90 Wall St, room 410. To schedule an appointment and/or learn more about the major, contact her at

Mathematics and Physics.  Students interested in the major are invited to contact Prof. Vincent Moncreif to arrange a time to meet and discuss the major and its requirements.  Email:; telephone: 432-6930; office location: 64 SPL.

Philosophy. Students who want to learn about or are considering the Philosophy major are invited to drop in to have their questions answered during  DUS Prof. Daniel Greco’s office hours in Connecticut Hall 106 on Mondays and Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., or by appointment. 

Physics. Sophomores who have an interest in majoring in physics are advised to contact Prof. John Harris ( to arrange an appointment to meet with him

Political Science As part of the Political Science Department’s efforts to enhance its undergraduate advising program, the DUS, Professor David Simon, is very pleased to announce that its Undergraduate Advisory Committee (UAC) members will host a series of information sessions in their residential colleges this week and next. Who are these information sessions for? They’re for students in every class.  They’re meant to help prospective majors see if Political Science is a good fit and what the major (and the field) has to offer.  They’re also for current majors who want to learn more about the different types of majors within Political Science (e.g. the IDC Major), the various requirements (e.g. the senior essay) as well as opportunities for students who graduate with a major in Political Science. Who will be there? Members of the UAC, the DUS (David Simon) and/or the Undergraduate Registrar (Blaine Hudson) Why should you attend? It’s a great opportunity to meet upperclassmen and become part of the Political Science community. It will also be an informal setting and a fantastic opportunity to ask questions about: 1) the benefits of being a Political Science major, 2) course selection, and 3) what the UAC members know now that they wish they had known years ago. When and where will these information sessions meet? Please click here for information about the day, time, location and hosts of each information session.  In the meantime, please know that these sessions will be very casual and you are welcome to drop by and leave when you need to.  Feel free to join the session for the whole time or for five minutes if that’s all the time you have.

Psychology The Psychology Department will hold enhanced drop-in advising hours for Sophomore Consultations on Long-Range Academic Plans, between April 1-15, 2015.  Available for consultation will be Professors Laurie Santos, Greg Samanez-Larkin, and Arielle Baskin-Sommers, as well as Grad DUS Assistant Christina Starmans and Department Registrar Lauretta Olivi.  Click here for the full schedule. 

Russian Language and Literature. See Slavic Languages and Literatures. 

Russian and East European Studies. See Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Slavic Languages and Literatures. Students interested in the Russian language and literature major or the Russian and East European Studies major are invited to one-on-one meetings with the DUS, Professor Marijeta Bozovic, during her office hours: Mondays, 3:30-5:00 pm, and Wednesdays, 12:30-3:00 pm, or by appointment. For Professor Bozovic’s website, please click here.

Spanish.  Professor Susan Byrne, DUS of Spanish, is available to discuss the Spanish major during her Tuesday and Thursday office hours, from 2:45-4:00, for one-on-one appointments (82-90 Wall St., Rm. 205). You can reach her by email at

Theater Studies.  Students interested in the major are invited to contact Professor Dominika Laster, the DUS of Theater Studies, to arrange a time to meet and discuss the major and its requirements. Interested students are also encouraged to email Theater Studies Office Assistant May Brantley and ask to be placed on the “intended major” email list for updates and general announcements. 

Placement and Pre-registration

Some departments and programs require a placement test, preregistration for a specific section of a large course, or consultation with a placement officer. Information can be found on the freshman Web site and in the Freshman Handbook. You may direct your questions to residential college deans, freshman faculty advisers, directors of undergraduate studies, or departmental advisers.

For foreign language placement exams, refer to the Calendar for the Opening Days of College.

[Fall 2014: You may also consult departmental representatives at the Academic Fair on Tuesday, August 27, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in William L. Harkness Hall and Linsly-Chittenden Hall.]