Requirements for Academic Good Standing in the Sophomore Year
|at the end of the third term||a student must have earned at least twelve credits|
|at the end of the fourth term||a student must have earned at least sixteen credits
- at least one course credit in each disciplinary area (Hu, Sc, and So)
- at least one course credit in each skills category (QR, WR, and foreign language).
- Up to four of the thirty-six credits required for the bachelor’s degree may be earned under the Credit/D/Fail option
- However, no course credit earned on a Credit/D/Fail basis may be applied toward satisfaction of the distributional requirements.
- No more than two credits per term may be taken under the Credit/D/Fail option, and at least two credits must be taken for letter grades each term.
See Credit/D/Fail Option for additional information and a link to the Yale College Programs of Study.
- Cognitive Science
- Environmental Studies
- Ethics, Politics, and Economics
- Ethnicity, Race, and Migration
- Global Affairs
- Multidisciplinary Academic Programs in:
- Education Studies
- Energy Studies
- Global Health Studies
- Human Rights Studies
- Special Divisional Major
- English (the Journalism Initiative, and the Writing Concentration)
- Theater Studies
What makes a good course schedule?
- varied formats (lectures and seminars)
- continued exploration and “electives”
- fulfillment, by the end of the fourth term, of the sophomore year distributional requirements
- varied course assignments (short and long papers; weekly quizzes; weekly essays; midterm and final exams; lab reports; problem sets, etc.), to avoid intense concentration of types and due dates for assignments at certain periods in the term
Multiple distributional designations Although some courses may carry more than one distributional designation, a single course may be applied to only one distributional requirement. For example, if a course is designated both HU and SO it may be applied toward either the humanities and arts requirement (HU) or the social science requirement (SO), but not both. Similarly, if a course is designated QR and SC, it may be applied toward either the quantitative reasoning (QR) requirement or the science requirement (SC), but not both.
- A course with multiple distributional designations, once applied toward one distributional requirement, may subsequently be applied toward a different distributional requirement. During the summer after each academic year, the University Registrar’s Office optimizes the use of each student’s completed courses toward fulfillment of the distributional requirements.
- AYA database (find out the fields alumni majored in and the careers they have undertaken since graduation)
- Primarily geared towards freshmen but also open to sophomores, the Academic Fair takes place on the Tuesday afternoon before the first day of fall-semester classes. Nearly all undergraduate majors and programs are represented by the DUS or other knowledgeable representatives who are available to answer questions about courses, prerequisites, and major requirements. Information is posted online and is distributed to freshmen with orientation materials.
- Directors of Undergraduate Studies (DUSes) or their designated representatives regularly advise sophomores about the programs and majors in their departments.
- Yale College Programs of Study itself has information about all majors, their prerequisites, and their requirements.
- Departmental publications. Most departments maintain websites, and some publish brochures with information about their majors. Departmental websites often have photos and short biographies of their faculty, with current research interests.
- Departmental info sessions. A number of departmental meetings take place during the days leading up to the beginning of fall-term classes. Meetings for prospective majors and interested students continue throughout the year and are posted on this website’s Calendar.
- Residential college deans and heads of college can give offer students advice from their experience with Yale College and with previous students, as can instructors.