The Academic Strategies program offers resources for students and faculty, including peer mentoring, workshops, and FGLI community initiatives. Click on the link above for their ever-expanding list of offerings.
► Spring 2019 Sophomore Seminar in Sociology
Julia Adams, Head of Hopper College and Professor of Sociology, is teaching a new sophomore seminar this spring. SOCY 209, “The Sociological Imagination” (Tues 1:30-3:20), provides an introduction to the study of sociology and modernity. Topics include the rise and transformations of capitalism; colonialism and empire; the linked advent of democracy and bureaucracy; the world-historical invention of the individual, and the modern and postmodern city. The course culminates in individualized student final projects, and includes a student-run class blog that discusses readings from classical and contemporary authors.
►Environmental Humanities Spring 2019 Undergraduate Courses
Yale offers dozens of courses each year approaching environmental issues from diverse humanities perspectives, including history, literature, religious studies, film and media studies, anthropology, and other programs. Some courses are entirely focused on the environment and the humanities; others approach the environmental humanities as one of several integrated themes.
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.
►Art Major Peer Advisers, Economics Peer Mentors, and MB&B Peer Mentors
Students interested in the Art major are encouraged to consult the Art major peer advisers, as well as Prof. Lisa Kereszi, the DUS:
- email@example.com painting
- firstname.lastname@example.org, painting
- email@example.com, photography
Economics peer mentors
MB&B peer mentors
► 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
►Peer Mentoring for Students with Disabilities
Are you looking for guidance on living with a disability at Yale? This could include physical impairments, chronic illness, mental illness, “invisible illness,” or anything similar. If so, sign up to be matched with a Disability Peer Mentor. You will be paired with an upperlevel student for connection and guidance, who you can talk to about the unique issues you may be facing. There’s no need to put any personal medical information on your sign-up form, and all sign-ups are confidential.
Forms are accessible at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/nWPUBoShkjmYlB9j2
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions
►Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURES)
CURES are courses that offer opportunities for 1st- and 2nd-year Yale undergraduates to get involved in STEM research (no prior research experience required). Two are offered in fall 2018, and four are offered in spring 2019. Course descriptions are available here.
►Academic Fair Handouts
►First-Year Seminars with Openings
Click on the First-Year Seminar Website for a listed, updated daily through course selection period. of First-Year Seminars with openings. Scroll to the bottom of the page.
►English Courses: Preregistration and Information
- Click here for English 114 and 115 brief course descriptions
- Click here for English 114 and 115 preregistration instructions
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.”
►CUREs: Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences
Undergraduate students are now able to participate in an HHMI Campus Grant initiative intended to increase hands-on research experiences for first-year students and sophomores via lab courses that have no prerequisites. Such courses are abbreviated as CUREs: Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences. Currently, there are several such courses, in departments ranging from Anthropology to Biomedical Engineering, to Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (see poster below).
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.
►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 email@example.com.
►Changes to the Architecture Major and Courses Offered for Spring 2018
The Architecture Department has changed the required courses for sophomores who wish to major in Architecture.
Majors are now required to enroll in Arch 200b, “Scales of Design,” and Arch 280b, “American Architecture and Urbanism.”
In addition, Arch 154b, “Drawing Architecture,” taught by Victor Agran, is now an elective course in Architecture and is open to all students, including first-years. In previous years, it was a required course for sophomores only.
The Architecture Department also has a new Urbanism course, Arch 362b, “Urban Lab II, City Making,” taught by a visiting professor.
►Departmental FAQs [2018-2019 FAQs coming in August]
- BIOL 101-104 and BIOL 101-102 and 103-104 Advising FAQs
- CPSC 100 (CS 50)
- English, “How to Choose an Introductory English Course“
- ENGL 114
- Math Department FAQs for calculus advising and pre-registration (including placement information and lottery information)
- MB&B “Quick Facts about Majoring in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry”
- Political Science with Major Information Specifically for First-year Students and Sophomores
- Psychology (see also below)
- Spanish (language)
Psychology Web Page with Major Information Specifically for Freshmen and Sophomores
Your attention is directed to the Psychology page for First-Years and Sophomores. It contains sections such as
- How would I decide whether to major in Psychology?
- What should I take after Introduction to Psychology and when should I take each course?
- What can I do with a Psychology major when I graduate?
- I am trying to decide between majoring in Psychology and Cognitive Science. What are the differences?
- Where can I find information about the Neuroscience Track within the Psychology Major?
If you have questions about the psychology major that are not covered by the above sections, first check the FAQ section. If your questions are still not covered there, contact DUS of Psychology, firstname.lastname@example.org
►Center for Teaching and Learning
- Academic Strategies
- Humanities and Social Science
- Science and Quantitative Reasoning
►What Influences International STEM Students’ Decisions?
A 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.”