Departmental Advising

In August and September, a number of activities will help you get the academic year started. For example, you will have the opportunity to hear faculty presentations at departmental Zoom meetings, to sign up for courses, discussion sections and laboratories, to receive your placement in economics, chemistry, math, and physics and to receive the results of any placement exams you took in July„ to consult directors of undergraduate studies, and to attend orientation sessions led by the Health Professions Advisory Program, the Center for Language Study, the Center for Teaching and Learning and other academic resource centers.

Each academic major has a director of undergraduate studies (DUS), with whom you may discuss the departmental course offerings and major requirements. Contact information for each DUS is printed by major in Yale College Programs of Study (the YCPS, or “Blue Book”), and a separate list of DUSes is available on the Yale College Web site. Large departments may also have departmental representatives assigned to the residential colleges; the YCPS lists the names of these representatives.

A particularly important opportunity to gather information about academic programs, especially for first-year students, is the annual Academic Fair, this year held virtually, with academic sessions concentrated on August 4, 7, 11, and 14. On those days, directors of undergraduate studies and faculty members from most academic programs and departments will be available via Zoom to offer you guidance about courses, placement, and prerequisites for majors. The Virtual Academic Fair provides excellent opportunities to gather information and advice from a broad range of sources, and you are strongly urged to listen in on as many sessions as you can.