Departmental Info Sessions, Meetings and Placement

2014-2015 Info Sessions




Global Affairs | Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations | Political Science | WGSS/LGBT Studies


East Asian Studies | English | Environmental Studies | Global Affairs | Philosophy | Psychology | Spanish and Portuguese

    • African-American Studies | Anthropology | Applied Physics | Geology and Geophysics | Mathematics and Physics | Russian | Russian and East European Studies | Slavic Languages and Literatures | Spanish | Theater Studies

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, Mondays, 9:00-11:00 a.m. in LORIA 551, and Tuesdays, 9:00-11:00 a.m. in Room 302, 81 Wall St.

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.

East Asian Studies. Wednesday, November 5 at 5:30 p.m. in Rosenkranz 241.  Are you interested in becoming an East Asian Studies major? Come for an informal get-together with Professor Valerie Hansen, DUS for East Asian Studies.  For more information, contact, Luce Hall 320, 34 Hillhouse Avenue.

French. Wednesday, September 30 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at 82-90 Wall Street, 3rd floor.  Join French Department faculty, the Study Abroad Office, former study abroad participants, and current French majors for an info session on study abroad in Francophone countries and the French major.

English. Thursday, November 6 at 6:00 p.m. in LC 317. Faculty and students will gather to talk about the English major: why students love it, what you’ll learn, what English majors do after graduation, and how to explain the market value of a humanities major to any skeptical parents.  Pizza from BAR, the DUS, Associate DUS, Director of Creative Writing, and brilliant, friendly, experienced current English majors will be on hand. 

Environmental Studies.  Two sessions on Wednesday, November 12: at 1:30 in WLH 208, and at 4:30 in WLH 116. Sophomores and any other students interested in applying to the Environmental Studies Major should plan to attend one of our upcoming information sessions, which will go over the requirements of the major, selecting a concentration, and an overview of the diversity of careers Environmental Studies Majors pursue.  This is a great opportunity to have your questions answered! Students may apply in either the fall or spring term, and there is no cap on the major.  Fall term applications are due on Friday, December 19, and spring term applications are due on Friday, March 20th.  For application details, please visit the EVST website.

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:

Global Affairs. Two sessions: Thursday, October 30 from 4:00-5:00 p.m., in Horchow Hall, 55 Hillhouse, Room 106; and Wednesday, November 5, from 12:00-1:00 p.m., in Horchow Hall, 55 Hillhouse, Room 106. Admission to the Global Affairs major takes place during the sophomore year.  The Class of 2017 application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 21, 2014.

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.

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Wednesday, October 29 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in SML 323. Prof. Benjamin Foster, NELC DUS, will hold an informational meeting about the NELC major.  SML 323 is part of the Babylonian Collection, providing students with a great opportunity to visit and learn about the Babylonian Collection.

Philosophy. Wednesday, November 5 from 5:00-6:00 in LC 105. Students who want to learn about or are considering the Philosophy major are invited to join Prof. Daniel Greco, DUS, to have their questions answered. 

Political Science. Wednesday, October 29 from 6:30–7:30 p.m. in WLH 208.  Freshmen and sophomores are invited to an informal gathering with Professor David Simon, DUS of Political Science. Please join us for a presentation on how the major works and come with questions. For more information, contact Blaine Hudson (, Rosenkranz Hall, Room 130, 115 Prospect Street).  In addition, students who are interested in learning more about the major are encouraged to meet with Professor Simon during his Office Hours. For more information about this, please click here.

Psychology. Friday, November 14, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in Kirtland 207. The Psychology Department will host an info session for sophomores considering a major in psychology.  For more information, contact DUS Prof. Laurie Santos.

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. Spanish DUS, Professor Susan Byrne, is available to meet with prospective majors one-on-one on Thursdays from 2:00-4:00 p.m. You can reach her by email, at

Spanish and Portuguese. Friday, November 7 from 12:00-12:30 p.m. in the 3rd-floor lounge at 82-90 Wall Street. Join the Study Abroad Office, Spanish & Portuguese Department faculty, and former study abroad participants to learn more about the opportunities for study abroad in Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking countries.  Also provided will be information about the majors in Spanish and Portuguese, and about how courses taken abroad can count toward the majors.

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. 

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 6:30 WLH 309.  Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is hosting a dinner for freshmen and sophomores who are considering a WGSS major.  It will feature good food and an opportunity to speak to the faculty and to junior and senior WGSS majors. To reserve a place, email Linda Hase, WGSS Senior Administrative Assistant, with your name, year, and college.   

UPDATE The deadline for applications to the spring 2014 session of the Yale-in-London program has been extended to Friday, November 1, 2013.   Take courses in Sociology, History of Art, and Drama that are only available through YIL. Earn Yale credits automatically — no transfer necessary — and earn distribution credits in both Humanities and Social Sciences. And best of all, your courses come to life as you study while immersing yourself in the sources, sites, and art!  All this while living in one of the world’s greatest cities. Further details on courses, faculty, living in London and the application process are available by clicking here.

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.

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.