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Majors and Academic Programs

True to the mission of liberal arts, the curriculum at Yale is arranged to allow students the flexibility to achieve both breadth across the curriculum and depth in one or two areas of study. 

Dozens of Majors, Thousands of Courses: Blaze Your Own Trail

Yale students will take at least thirty-six courses on their way to earning a degree from Yale College. Yalies typically take four or five courses each fall, and another four or five each spring. There are roughly 2000 courses offered every year. At that rate, there are enough classes to last you for more than 200 years! The paths to graduation are practically limitless.

Each year, fully three-quarters of all courses enroll fewer than twenty students. Almost thirty percent have fewer than ten. The student-to-faculty ratio is 6:1. Many of the majors at Yale include a senior requirement (essay, project, or portfolio) that allows students to work closely with a professor on an issue that interests them.

Yale students have seventy-five majors from which to choose. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by all the options, this might help: about twelve of your thirty-six courses will be within your major.

Not yet sure what you want to do with your life? Don’t worry. You have time. Most Yale students wait until sophomore year before declaring a major.    

Indulge your curiosity. Explore.

 

George Pierson quote

Yale is at once a tradition, a company of scholars, a society of friends.

Yale historian George W. Pierson