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Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 7:30pm Yale Mellon Mays & Edward A. Bouchet Study Break
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 1:30pm Yale Mellon Mays & Edward A. Bouchet Study Break
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 7:00pm Study Break with the Mechanical Engineering (MENG) Peer Mentors
Monday, December 6, 2021 - 10:30am Coffee & Donuts with the MCDB Faculty
Monday, December 13, 2021 - 4:00pm Richard U. Light Fellowship Information Session (6 of 6)


Energy@Yale Handbook

Yale’s Energy Liason, Sena Sugiono ‘25, and the director of Energy Studies, Prof. Michael Oristaglio, have produced a comprehensive handbook on all things Yale energy-related. The link to the handbook can be found here.

► Fall 2021 Virtual French Tables

Instructors from the French Department will hold virtual lunch conversations in French between 12:30-1:30 p.m. during the fall term. French speakers at all levels from the Yale community are welcome to join. Interested participants are advised to contact the hosts via email for Zoom information.

For the schedule, click here. For questions, contact Prof. Candace Skorupa , French language program director, or Ms. Bethany Hayes, French Department registrar.

► Environmental Humanities Fall 2021 Course Listings

The Fall 2021 Yale Environmental Humanities guide to undergraduate and graduate course offerings is now available.

Yale offers dozens of courses each semester approaching environmental issues from diverse humanities perspectives. Some courses are entirely focused on the environment and the humanities; others approach the environmental humanities as one of several integrated themes. 

Undergraduate students interested in exploring the intersection of environment and culture— including literature, history, anthropology, philosophy, religion, the arts, and other humanities disciplines— are encouraged to sign up for the Yale Environmental Humanities newsletter that circulates every Monday morning during the semester. During the last year, the newsletter and calendar publicized more than 140 different events across the campus.

► Revisions to Mathematics Courses

The Mathematics department has revised its introductory math major sequence. The material taught in MATH 225, 230, 231, 250, 300 and 301 has been restructured into a new set of courses. The math curriculum revision site includes details about the changes and information for current students about transitioning to the new curriculum. Level 100 math courses, including all of calculus, are not affected.

► Peer Mentorship Program for Leave of Absence Students

The Yale College Council has launched a peer mentorship program for students considering a leave of absence or currently on a leave of absence. Information is available at this link.

►Spring 2021 ART DUS Office Hours

Prof. Lisa Kereszi, director of undergraduate studies in the Art Department, invites students interested in the Art major or students with questions about Art courses, to sign up for office hours. Students may also sign up for Art Major Sophomore Reviews using this link. Write art.dus@yale.edu for questions and details.

► Academic Strategies Program: Fall 2021 Workshops

The Academic Strategies Program released its fall 2021 workshop schedule, with additional workshops to be added throughout the semester, based on student demand. The most up-to-date schedule is posted on the Academic Strategies’ Campus Groups Events page, at https://yaleconnect.yale.edu/events_list. Students who register for a workshop receive reminder emails and the Zoom link.

Additional information is available on the Academic Strategies Program webpage or by emailing  assistant director Dr. Lynda Paul, at lynda.paul@yale.edu.

► Economics Department Resources

Economics Course Consultations with Departmental Faculty

Students considering taking an economics course this spring will be interested to know that, in addition to Yale Course Search and the economics course description and course schedule websites, they may also gather course information by speaking with the course professor.

Introductory microeconomics is taught in two formats, depending on the semester:

  • Econ 115 is a large lecture class. All students may pre-register for Econ 115
  • Econ 108 is a smaller course intended for students with limited or no experience in calculus. It places greater emphasis on quantitative methods and examples
Introductory macroeconomics (116) and introductory data analysis and econometrics (117) are large lecture courses that all students may pre-register to take.
Advice from Economics Majors
The following peer mentors are available for advising:

►Math Advising Resources for Fall 2021

The Math Department has advising resources to help with course selection for Fall 2021. Click on the link or visit https://math.yale.edu/math-advising-resources-first-year-students for advice on placement, FAQs, math orientation video, and contact information for further questions about calculus courses. 

► Computer Science Advising Resources 

The Department of Computer Science has resources to advise students wanting to take a course in computer science and/or considering one of our majors (CS, CS + Econ, CS + Math, CS + Psych, or EECS).  Visit the Advice for First-Year Students Interested in Computer Science page for advice on course selection, descriptions of our majors, contacts who can answer your questions, and more.

►Certificate in Programming

The Certificate in Programming prepares undergraduates to program computers in support of work in any area of  study.  While the certificate does not provide the  same grounding in theory and systems that the computer science majors do, it does provide a short path to programming literacy that can be completed in a span of four terms.  Visit this webpage for more details.

►Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry 2020-2021 “Quick Facts”

All students who desire information about the MB&B major, including faculty advising, the curriculum, working in a research lab, and MB&B activities are invited to click here for the MB&B “Quick Facts about Majoring in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry.”

►Ethics, Politics and Economics Becomes Open Major for Class of 2024

The Ethics, Politics and Economics major will become an open major beginning for the Class of 2024, while remaining a highly rigorous, largely seminar-based interdisciplinary major combining the three disciplines of philosophy, political science, and economics.  Rather than applying to the major in the sophomore year as before, students will complete seven required prerequisite courses before gaining entry to EPE seminars. Details available on the EPE Website.

►Peer Mentoring and Peer Advising

Information about peer mentoring and peer advising, and links to some campus offices, departments, and majors that offer such resources, is available on the Peer Mentoring and Peer Advising page (under Your Adviser and Advising).

► Writing Center Resources

► Graduate-Undergraduate Mentorship Initiative

The  Yale Graduate-Undergraduate Mentorship Initiative recently launched a  database that pairs Yale undergraduate  mentees with postdoctoral and graduate and professional student mentors from a wide range of fields. An experienced mentor can make all the difference, and GUMI aims to provide mentors who can impart valuable advice to undergraduates considering graduate or professional school.

►Yale IEEE Big Sib/Little Sib Program

Concerned about student diversity in SEAS majors and eager to provide advising to first-years and sophomores, the Yale IEEE student group has started a Big Sib/Little Sib group to help address both issues and welcome students of all backgrounds into the SEAS family.


►Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURES)

CURES are courses that offer opportunities for first-years and sophomores to get involved in STEM research  (no prior research experience required).  First-years and sophomores who seek additional information about CURES are advised to contact Prof. Paul E. Turner, Interim Dean of Science and Elihu Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Course descriptions are available here.

►Major Roadmaps

The Yale College Deans Office in consultation with the Directors of Undergraduate Studies has undertaken a project to create a series of “roadmaps,” or visual representations, indicating

  • how students go through that major
  • a typical course sequence, in some cases

Many majors offer multiple paths, and the maps are designed to facilitate comparison. The roadmaps and typical course sequences are visually uniform so that students may easily compare one major with another at a glance. 

There are currently over two dozen roadmaps; more are on the way.

More detailed descriptions of the requirements for each major can be found under Subjects of Instruction in the Yale College Programs of Study.

►Yale Undergraduate Research Association Database

The Yale Undergraduate Research Association (YURA)  released a new version of the Research Database (RDB), a cross-disciplinary, searchable, integrated database of 1400+ professors across all undergraduate departments and fields of study. It was built to help fellow undergraduates find potential mentors for research and beyond, and learn more about their professors.

The database can be found at https://yura.yale.edu/database.

Questions or inquiries can be addressed to yura@yale.edu.

► Applications Accepted for Environmental Studies Major

 Students interested in joining either the BA or BS Programs must complete a short application. Details can be found here. If you have questions, please email studies.environment@yale.edu.

EVST offers rolling admission to the major, and applications may be submitted at any time.

The Yale Environmental Humanities Newsletter also circulates every Monday to help students and faculty learn about public events happening across the campus. Undergraduates interested in finding out about Yale events in environmental history, politics, ethics, culture and the arts can sign up for the weekly newsletter here.

Email: environmentalhumanities@yale.edu

► Music: Theory Placement Exam Cancelled; Info about Lessons

Students interested in music lessons information are invited to click here.

► As a Freshman, You Can’t Avoid Reinvention

Meera Navlakha writes in her The New York Times Opinion piece, “Before I went to college, I thought of change as something I could control.” As a Freshman, You Can’t Avoid Reinvention

►Women in Economics Study Hall

These weekly study halls, held every Sunday from 7-9pm EDT, are open to all students, especially first years and sophomores. The aim of these study halls is for women and other underrepresented minorities to work together and find community in the major. There will also be a tutor at each session to answer any questions students may have about problem sets or general concepts.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://yale.zoom.us/j/565622067

If you have any trouble joining, don’t hesitate to reach out to me or Alice (alice.yan@yale.edu), and hope to see you there!


Center for Teaching and Learning

Read a Guide to CTL Academic Support Services:

  • Academic Strategies
  • Humanities and Social Science
  • Science and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Writing

Additional information is available at the tutoring web page and the advising tutoring page.


►What Influences International STEM Students’ Decisions? 

British Council survey of 1,348 international undergraduate and graduate students studying in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States asked about factors affecting their decision making in choosing a country and course of study. The report found that undergraduates tend to choose U.S. universities with the goal of increasing their career prospects globally. Graduate students are drawn by perceptions of rigorous education and high-quality research, and affordability.

“The U.S. perhaps has the most well-rounded value proposition to international STEM students: it is a country where students perceive they can engage in high-quality education and gain skills and research experience to apply to work either there or in their home countries; post-study work experience in the U.S. has expanded and STEM students can now spend 29 months working – though there remains debate about the future sustainability of this policy,” the survey report states.

The survey found that while significant numbers of international students hope to stay in their destination countries to work after graduation, a comparatively small proportion (15 percent) hope to migrate permanently.

Inside Higher Ed Quick Take.

►Goals for All Yale College Majors

The Yale College Dean’s Office launched the “Intensive Majors Project” with, as its top priority, the goal of helping to advise students about their courses of study.  Other goals centered on the faculty, the departments, and Yale’s national accreditation requirements.

It is expected that roughly fifteen majors will conduct self-reviews each year, allowing all majors to undergo review in a four- to five-year cycle, at which point — because major requirements and goals change over time — the self-reviews will begin anew.

You can now read the goals for each Yale College major, as approved by undergraduate departments and programs. 

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.”