Covid-19 Update on Fall 2020/Spring 2021 for Directed Studies

We are delighted to announce that our program will go ahead as planned in 2020-21, with a full roster of seminars, lectures and special events. All elements of the program will be offered remotely as per the Yale’s health and safety guidelines, although it is possible that some smaller events could take place in person if Covid infection numbers in Connecticut continue to decline. We hope that many of you who join our cohort will still enjoy residential life on campus as part of your DS experience! For more information from Yale’s leadership about Fall 2020, see this announcement (7/1/20):


Directed Studies offers a select group of first-year students an intense interdisciplinary introduction to some of the seminal texts of Western and Near Eastern cultures. Working in discussion seminars with top Yale faculty, DS students learn to analyze complex texts and to put them into conversation with one another across time and genre. DS helps students develop their abilities to engage in thoughtful discussions of fundamental social, political, philosophical, and cultural questions, and through frequent feedback from faculty and dedicated DS writing tutors, to write clear and persuasive analytic essays.

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