Directed Studies offers a select group of freshmen an intense interdisciplinary introduction to some of the seminal texts of Western civilization. Working in discussion seminars with top Yale faculty, DS students learn to analyze complex texts and more…..

Calling all Directed Studies Alumni!

Following up on my letter about the project we’re conducting to assess the impact of Directed Studies, we’ve scheduled group discussions for the following times on

Saturday, May 27 and Saturday, June 3:

9-10am / 10:30-11:30am / 2–3pm

For Sunday, June 4, we have an additional discussion:


All discussions will take place in the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, room 116. We’ll have coffee and pastries to keep you fortified! Bring along your DS friends and enjoy sharing reflections on your year in DS!

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our DS Reception Saturday, May 27, and Saturday June 3, 3pm, at the Whitney Humanities Center, room 108.

Looking forward to seeing you Saturday,

Kathryn Slanski
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Application Information

You may apply for admission to Directed Studies for 2017-18 here. The deadline for applications to Directed Studies is Friday, June 2, 2017, and applicants will be notified by the end of June.

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Monday, 11:35–12:25
Whitney Humanities Center, Auditorium 
(53 Wall Street)


Wednesday, 11:35-12:25
Whitney Humanities Center, Auditorium 
(53 Wall Street)

Historical & Political Thought

Friday, 11:35–12:25
Whitney Humanities Center, Auditorium 
(53 Wall Street)