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…..

Application Information

Applications to Directed Studies for 2018-19 are now closed. Admissions decisions will be mailed out the week of June 25th.

For inquiries and/or to sign up for the waitlist, please contact Director of Undergraduate Studies Kathryn Slanski at kathryn.slanski@yale.edu.

Summer 2018 Reading Assignment

For admitted students planning to enroll, as well as students on the wait list

DS Highlights

  • Read “A higher education”- DS alumnus Justin Zaremby’s (YC ‘03, Ph.D. ‘07, JD ‘10) new article on the history of DS!

  • View alumni reflections from last year’s 70th anniversary celebration of Directed Studies:


What's Happening in DS


Makayla Haussler ’19
April 13, 2018
Makayla Haussler ’19 has been selected as one of 59 Truman Scholars in the 2018...
February 26, 2018
DS is delighted to congratulate Malina Simard-Halm, whose work in the ethics...
February 9, 2018
The Q Brothers Collective, a hip-hop theatre group, on Thursday afternoon...
November 20, 2017
Join us in congratulating former DSer, Daniel Judt A current Yale undergraduate...
June 2, 2017
In 1943, in the middle of the Second World War, the Yale historian George...
May 26, 2017
View alumni reflections from the 70th anniversary celebration of Yale’s “...


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


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

Historical & Political Thought

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