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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 4:00pm International Summer Award (ISA) Info Session
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 5:00pm Course Schedules Due for Class of 2023
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 5:00pm Course Schedules Due for Class of 2022
Friday, January 24, 2020 - 1:00pm Summer Fellowships and Funding Information Session
Friday, January 24, 2020 - 2:00pm Study Abroad Drop-In Hours

►*New* 1.5-Credit WR Course: “Global Shakespeares” (Prof. Ramachandran)

LITR 340 is a new, experimental intensive writing version of LITR 339 (see below). Students receive 1.5 credits and meet for a section and a one-hour writing lab with their TF in addition to two lectures a week (total class time is 4 hours/week). LITR 340 sections are capped at 8-10 students, and the writing lab features additional opportunities to pursue creative and critical writing.

Course description “Shakespeare today is a global phenomenon. How did Shakespeare become global? Have modern adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays made them global and able to cross cultures—or are these versions merely responding to early modern debates about globalization, identity and cultural politics that were already embedded in the drama? This course explores the political afterlives of ‘Shakespeare’ as a cultural icon and aesthetic touchstone through a close reading of Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Antony and Cleopatra alongside their adaptations.” (Full description available from the instructor)

LITR 339 (1 credit), “Global Shakespeares: Race, Gender and the Idea of the ‘Human,’” offers both non-WR and regular WR sections, meeting for 2 lectures + 1 section per week.

►Environmental Humanities Spring Course Guide

The Spring 2020 Yale Environmental Humanities guide to undergraduate and graduate course offerings is now available online: https://environmentalhumanities.yale.edu/academics/courses/undergraduate-spring-2020 A PDF of the compilation also can be downloaded here
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. For a sample newsletter, click here.

►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).

► 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

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.

Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry “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.”

►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 can 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

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.”