- Directed Studies
- Education Studies
- Eli Whitney Program
- Freshman Seminars
- Global Health Studies
- International Experience
- Non-Degree Program
- Perspectives on Science & Engineering
- Residential College Seminars
- The STARS Program
College seminars meet during the first week of classes, beginning Monday, January 13, 2014.
Application procedure: Students apply to college seminars through Yale's online Preference Selection tool. The system will be accessible through the individual course listings both on the Seminar Descriptions page on this site and in the Online Course Information system (OCI). Application for spring-term seminars will open in Preference Selection in mid-December; the date and time will be posted on this page. Applicants are strongly urged to write a statement of interest in the space provided in Preference Selection. Such a statement is useful to instructors in determining class admission; it has a 500-character limit. Students will receive e-mail confirmation once an application has been successfully recorded.
For spring term 2014, students may enroll in only one college seminar and may apply to no more than two; choices are not ranked by order of preference. Students may enroll in no more than four college seminars total during their time at Yale. Auditing is not permitted, and graduate students are not eligible to apply.
Seminars are limited to eighteen students; exceptions are noted in the course descriptions. College sponsorship of a seminar is indicated by the inclusion of the college's initials in the course number, and six spaces are reserved for members of that college. The remaining spaces are open to all undergraduates regardless of college affiliation. The seminars sponsored by Yale College are open to all undergraduates regardless of college affiliation, with no spaces reserved for a specific college.
Admission information will be available in Preference Selection prior to the first day of classes. If a student has been admitted to a seminar, the course will be listed under "Assignment Result" in OCS Preference Selection and will also be pushed to the OCS schedule worksheet. For students who have not been admitted, Preference Selection will state "We were unable to assign you to a section."
The seminars listed below require a writing sample of no more than five pages e-mailed to the instructor at the time of application. (See instructor e-mail address in Preference Selection under "Selection Instructional Text.") Please note that not all writing seminars carry WR distributional credit; the Seminar Descriptions page contains information about distributional credit for each seminar.