Departmental Meetings and Placement

Information for Fall 2014 Coming Soon, as Departments Set Dates

  • Spring 2014 Info Sessions for Majors, Departments and Programs


 ​Humanities and Summer in Rome​


Political Science

Portuguese | Yale in London | French | African American Studies | Spanish | East Asian Languages and Literatures | Political Science | Environmental Studies | Psychology | Classics


Ethics, Politics and Economics (EPE) | Modern Middle East Studies | East Asian Studies | English | Geology and Geophysics | Global Studies | MacMillan Center | Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies


Cognitive Science | Linguistics

Archeological Studies | African Studies | Art | Computer Science and joint majors | Economics, and Economics and Mathematics | Modern Middle East Studies | Russian, and Russian and East European Studies

Spring 2013 Info Session for Majors, Departments and Programs

Political Science. Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 5:30pm​. The Political Science Department is hosting a short information session for sophomores interested in learning more about the Political Science major.  Potential majors are urged to please come on time for a presentation of how the major works, and to come with questions.  In the meantime, please visit the PLSC web site (, especially the list of FAQs ( Prof. David Simon, DUS of Political Science, will be on hand to answer any questions.  WLH 119.

Fall 2013 Info Sessions for Majors, Departments and Programs

African American Studies. Thursday, October 10 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.  At this pizza luncheon, information will be discussed about a major or double-major in African American Studies.  Faculty and current majors will be available to answer questions and review the requirements of the major.  There will also be graduate students currently pursuing Ph.D.s in African American Studies to talk about their experiences of what to expect on the graduate level, if you decide to follow that career path. For any questions or concerns beforehand, please email the Registrar ( or the DUS ( 81 Wall Street, 2nd floor, Room 201 (Gordon Parks)

Classics. Wednesday, October 30 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Students are warmly invited to join the DUS and faculty in Classics for pizza, cake, and other refreshments. Come and find out about the different majors on offer in the Classics department and our courses and activities. The meeting will take place in the Chair’s Office on the 4th floor of Phelps (Phelps 401). 

Cognitive Science.  Monday, December 9 at 5:00 p.m. Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary field devoted to exploring how the mind works, drawing on tools and ideas from fields including psychology, computer science, linguistics, philosophy, and neuroscience (among others).  The major involves courses such as ‘Introduction to Cognitive Science’, ‘Brain and Thought’, ‘Computational Modeling in Cognitive Science’, ‘Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature’, ‘Mind, Brain, & Society’, ‘Music Cognition’, ‘The Modern Unconscious’, and ‘The Cognitive Science of Good and Evil’. Unlike most majors at Yale, Cognitive Science requires students to apply and be accepted to the major, during the end of their third semester.  This year, applications for the sophomore class are due on Sunday, December 15th. During the informational meeting, departmental representatives will describe the nature of the major and the application process, and will be available to answer questions.  There will also be some current majors on hand to answer questions and offer their perspectives. Kirtland 207.

East Asian Languages and Literatures. Monday, October 14, from 4:00-4:45 p.m.  Two current EALL majors—one senior and one junior— the Chair, Professor Tina Lu, and the DUS, Professor Edward Kamens, will answer students’ questions about the department, the major and study abroad. 312 Hall of Graduate Studies.  

East Asian Studies. Wednesday, November 6 at 2:30 p.m.  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 203, 34 Hillhouse Avenue.

English. Monday, November 11 at 5:30 p.m. We will gather to talk about the English major: why students love it, what you’ll learn, what our 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. LC 211.

Environmental Studies. Tuesday, October 29 at 4:00 p.m. (WLH 209) and Wednesday, October 30 at 12:00 (HGS 217A). Sophomores and any other students interested in applying to the Environmental Studies major should plan to attend one of our information sessions tol go over the requirements of the major, designing your own concentration, and what an Environmental Studies major prepares you to do. This is a great opportunity to have your questions answered.  Students may apply in either the fall or spring term; there is no cap on the major.  Fall term applications are due on December 9, 2013, and Spring term applications are due on February 27, 2014.  For application details, please visit our website.

Ethics, Politics and Economics.  Monday and Wednesday, November 4 and 6 at 6:30 p.m. Professor Steven Wilkinson (DUS), assisted by other faculty members and EPE seniors, will hold two sophomore informational sessions this term. Mason Lab, room 211.

French. Monday, October 7 at 3:30 p.m. Information session for study abroad in Francophone countries and the French major.  French Department faculty, Yale study abroad center, former study abroad participants and present French majors will be present to answer questions. Refreshments will be served. Romance Languages Lounge, 82–90 Wall Street, 3rd floor.

Geology and Geophysics. Tuesday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m. Prospective G&G majors are invited to a sophomore dinner with Professor David Evans (DUS).  Berkeley College dining hall.

Global Affairs. Friday, November 1 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. (203 Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue) and Wednesday, November 6 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. (05 Rosenkranz Hall, 115 Prospect Street).

Humanities. Tuesday, January 15, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. Prospective Humanities majors are invited to join the DUS, Professor Norma Thompson, and Professor Virginia Jewiss for an informational session on the major and the Humanities Program’s Summer in Rome. Humanities Major Office is located on the second floor of the Whitney Humanities Center at 53 Wall Street, Room 206. For further information, please contact Constance Pascarella (203-432-1313), or the DUS, Professor Norma Thompson, at (203-432-0675). Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium.

Italian. Friday, October 18 at 12:30 p.m. ​The Italian Department will launch its First Annual Fall Feast for prospective majors and double majors. The invitation is open to all students of Italian language and literature, past and present. Enjoy a spread of Italian delicacies and meet the DUS, Professor Christiana Purdy-Moudarres, other faculty, graduate students, and current majors. 82-90 Wall Street, 3rd floor lounge.

Linguistics. Thursday, December 5 from 4:00-5:15 p.m. The Linguistics Department will hold an information session for students who are considering majoring in Linguistics, or are curious about what it would be like to major in Linguistics. Come meet the DUS, Raffaella Zanuttini, and some Linguistics majors for an informal discussion of a range of topics: courses and requirements, research opportunities, career options and other issues that are important in choosing a major.  Refreshments will be provided. 370 Temple Street (Dow Hall), Room 201.

MacMillan Center. Tuesday, November 12 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The MacMillan Center welcomes sophomores with pizza and soda. The open house-style gathering is for sophomore students who are interested in majoring in International and Area Studies in some capacity, or in learning more about our many councils and programs. Sophomores are encouraged to stop by for more information and to speak directly with faculty members and current students about our programs. Luce Hall Common Room.

Modern Middle East Studies. Tuesday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m.. Join co-DUS Beatrice Gruendler for dinner at a nearby restaurant for an informal discussion of the major and opportunities in Modern Middle East Studies. Email RSVP required: [See also listing below, for one-on-one info sessions.]

Political Science. Thursday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. Political Science will hold an info session for sophomores (and freshmen). Find out about the major, how you can design your own concentration, and what you can do with a Political Science Major.  Political Science Department website: 102 LC.

Portuguese. Wednesday, October 2 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Please join the Portuguese faculty for a discussion to Portuguese at Yale and Yale in Brazil.  Professors Selma Vital and Marta Almeida and graduate students Vanessa Revheim Cunha and Fabiana DePaula will be available for information on language courses and Yale Summer Sessions’ 8-week summer study abroad in Brazil in 2014.  Professors K. David Jackson and Paulo Moreira will provide information on courses for the undergraduate major.  The session will feature student photos from the summer program in Brazil and an assortment of Brazilian food and drinks. Romance Languages Lounge, 82–90 Wall Street, 3rd floor.

Psychology. Tuesday, October 29 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  This information session with Professor Laurie Santos, DUS, is intended to give sophomores and other interested students information about the Psychology major and its requirements. Ice cream from Ashley’s will be served. ML211.

Spanish. Thursday, October 10 at 4:00 p.m., an informal get-together will be held at the Department of Spanish & Portuguese. Meet Spanish Department professors, learn about course offerings, and hear about study abroad opportunities. Refreshments will be served. Romance Languages Lounge, 82–90 Wall Street, 3rd floor.

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Wednesday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m. WGSS will hold a dinner for prospective majors from the classes of 2017 and 2016.  WLH 309.

Yale in London. Wednesday, October 2 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Students will receive general information on the Yale in London program, specifics on spring and summer 2014 courses, and will have the opportunity to ask alumni of the program about the Yale in London study abroad experience.  Yale Center for British Art Lecture Hall.

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.

Fall 2013 One-on-One Sessions, by Appointment with the DUS

Archeological Studies. Students interested in the major in Archeological Studies should e-mail the DUS, Professor Oswaldo Chinchilla, to arrange a time to meet.

African Studies. Students interested in a major in African Studies are invited to contact Professor Cheryl Doss, the DUS, to schedule a time to meet. 

Art. Students interested in the art major should send an email this fall to ask to be placed on the sophomore intended major email list for updates and general announcements and for the announcement of the upcoming fall info session.

Computer Science and joint majors. Students interested in a major in Computer Science, Computer Science and Mathematics, Computer Science and Psychology, Computing and the Arts, or Electrical Engineering and Computer Science should visit to schedule a time to meet.

Economics, and Economics & Mathematics. During his walk-in office hours posted on the undergraduate webpage,, Professor Samuel Kortum, the DUS for the Economics major and the Economics and Mathematics major will provide information about the requirements for the majors, research opportunities, career options, and any other issues students may have Students are encouraged to email him for a special meeting if the posted day and time doesn’t suit a student’s schedule.

Modern Middle East Studies. During walk-in office hours, the co-DUSes for the Modern Middle East Studies major will provide information about the requirements for the major, research opportunities, career options, and any other information students may seek. Students are encouraged to email either professor, listed below, for a meeting at another time, if the posted day and time doesn’t fit their schedule.

Religious Studies. Religious Studies. Students interested in the major in Religious Studies should e-mail the DUS, Professor Kathryn Lofton, to arrange a time to meet. For more information on the undergraduate major in Religious Studies, consult the department web site.

Russian, and Russian and East European Studies. Students interested in a major in Russian or Russian and East European Studies are invited to contact Professor Bella Grigoryan, the DUS of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Email –

Placement and Preregistration

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.