Departmental Info Sessions, Meetings and Placement

2014-2015 Info Sessions




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


Astronomy | East Asian Languages and Literatures | East Asian Studies | English | Environmental Studies | Ethics, Politics and Economics (EPE) | Global Affairs | Humanities | Philosophy | Physics | Portuguese | Psychology | Sociology | Spanish


African Studies | Sociology



    • African-American Studies | 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 Studies. Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. in Rosenkranz 144. Students who want to learn about or are considering the African Studies major are invited to join Prof. Cheryl Doss, DUS of African Studies, to have their questions answered.  

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.

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.

Astronomy. Friday, November 14 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in JWG 263, the astronomy classroom. Students interested in the Astronomy major are invited to join the DUS, Professor Debra Fischer, and other faculty members for an information session and pizza lunch.

East Asian Languages and Literatures.  Monday, November 17 from 3:30–4:30 p.m. in Hall of Graduate Studies (HGS) Room 312.  Sophomores and other students interested in learning about the major are invited to join department faculty, the DUS, Professor Seth Jacobowitz, and current majors for an info session with refreshments to be served. Given increasing interest in China and Japan, and the opportunities for study abroad and the Light Fellowships, Yale is one of the best places to major in East Asian Languages & Literatures. We look forward to answering any questions you may have about the major and exciting career paths it can open up for you.

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.

Ethics, Politics and Economics (EPE). November 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Mason Lab, Room 211. EPE DUS, Professor Andrew March, will answer your questions about the EPE major.

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.

Humanities. Two sessions: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, and Wednesday, January 14, 2015, both at 5:30 p.m., in the Whitney Humanities Center auditorium. DUS Professor Norma Thompson will host two information sessions for prospective Humanities majors.  At the second session, Professor Virginia Jewiss will join Professor Thompson to answer questions about the Humanities summer course in Rome.

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. 

Physics. Tuesday, November 18 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Third-Floor Lounge of Sloan Physics Laboratory. There are two majors in physics, the non-intensive and the intensive physics major. There are also joint majors in Math and Physics, Physics and Philosophy, and Physics and Geosciences. Students interested in majoring in physics or any of these joint majors with physics are invited to attend this info session.

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.

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.

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.

Sociology​. Two sessions: Wednesday, November 5 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in 493 College, Room 106; and Monday, December 1 from 2:00-4:00 p.m., 493 College, Room 207. Professor Fred Wherry, Sociology DUS will answer your questions about the Sociology major. 

Please note: the November 19, 2014 Sociology major info session is canceled.

Spanish. 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.  

Professor Susan Byrne, DUS of Spanish, is also available during her Thursday office hours, from 2:00-4:00, 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. 

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.