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…..

What's Happening in DS

March 31, 2017 to April 1, 2017
Come celebrate the 70th anniversary of Yale’s “radical experiment in liberal education”: our own...
Gallery Talk @Yale British Art Center
March 1, 2017
In conjunction with our study of Wordsworth, Curator Scott Wilcox will lead us on a discussion of...
Renaissance Art with Curator Larry Kanter
February 23, 2017
The YUAG’s Chief Curator Laurence Kanter will lead an exploration of Renaissance art on the...
A Somali Tempest?
February 22, 2017
Toni Dorfman, a professor and former DUS of Yale’s Theater Studies department, will lead a...
Atheism and the Novel
January 26, 2017
First colloquium of the new semester, next Thursday, January 26, 4pm, LC 102, with James Wood,...
DS Gallery Talk: Art of Medieval Italy
December 8, 2016
Larry Kanter, Chief Curator and Lionel Goldfrank III Curator of European Art
Sherry Turkle, MIT “Reclaiming Conversation”
December 7, 2016
Directed Studies Class of ’37 Colloquium – Sherry Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé...
What’s College For? Perspectives from Law, Business, Journalism, and Academics
November 29, 2016
Wondering about liberal education and how those Humanities classes are going to make a difference?...
Humanities in Action - Panel and Career Workshops
November 13, 2016
An afternoon with recent Yale College graduates who majored in the humanities and who have...
Mary Beard, University of Cambridge - “The Importance of Being Difficult: On Tacitus and Others”
November 11, 2016
Directed Studies Class of ’37 Colloquium Mary Beard is one of Britain’s best-known Classicists - a...
Certamen: the first Classics Department Trivia Night (w/BAR pizza!)
November 9, 2016
rsvp by Tues, Nov. 8, to pauline.leve...
Latin Improv Workshop (w/brownies!)—no advanced knowledge of Latin necessary!
November 8, 2016
Led by Prof. Kirk Freudenberg
Robert Pinsky on Dante
October 13, 2016
Directed Studies Class of ’37 Colloquium - Robert Pinsky gave our first colloquium of the year on “...
“Reading the Republic as an Immigrant Space”
September 19, 2016
Living Texts: Demetra Kasimis (University of Chicago)
(Part of the Living Texts series,...


November 22, 2016
The Humanities Program is proud to announce that two of Yale’s three Rhodes...
November 15, 2016
World-renowned English classicist Mary Beard delivered a lecture last Friday on...
Robert Pinsky
October 18, 2016
Robert Pinsky gave our first colloquium of the year on “Action in the Inferno...
October 15, 2016
Twenty current and former DS students attended a new play by Sarah Ruhl at the...
October 6, 2016
Susan Matheson, Molly and Walter Bareiss Curator of Ancient Art led a...
September 28, 2016
Sarah Nooter (University of Chicago) screened Pasolini’s Notes Toward an...


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)