Majors And Academic Programs

True to the mission of liberal arts, Yale’s curriculum is arranged to allow flexibility in achieving breadth across academic disciplines and depth in one or two areas of study.

80 Majors, 2,000 Courses, 1 Unique Path

Yale students will take at least thirty-six courses on their way to earning a degree from Yale College. This means students take four or five courses each semester. With roughly 2000 courses offered every year, there are enough classes to fill more than 200 years! The paths to graduation are practically limitless.

Each year, 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. Most majors include a senior requirement (essay, research project, or portfolio) that allows students to work one-on-one with a professor for one or two semesters.

Whether you are certain of your academic focus or have dozens of possibilities in mind, you will have plenty of time to explore the options. Yale students have until the end of sophomore year to declare a major.    

Indulge your curiosity. Explore.