Absolutely! Although some Humanities majors were in Directed Studies, it is by no means a requirement. The major is open to any students interested in the wide range of questions and interdisciplinary approaches found in the Humanities program.
Humanities majors have the choice of writing either a semester-long or a year-long senior essay. Check the Yale College “Blue Book” for information on deadlines for registration and submission.
The Humanities major actually encourages students to explore numerous fields of study! The most successful senior essays have all been interdisciplinary in nature.
Students enrolled in the spring term course HUMS 444b “The City of Rome” may apply to continue their studies during a five-week summer course in Rome. More information will be available in January from the Yale Summer Session website.
Many students have doubled majored in fields throughout the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
The major offers the chance to determine your own program by working closely with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Speak to her regarding how best to structure your course of study.
Majoring in Humanities offers preparation for any number of fields. Alumni have pursued a wide range of careers from law to medicine to academia, finance to film. Click here to read profiles of a sample of Humanities alumni.
In addition to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, you should seek out information from your Dean and other students. Throughout the year, the Humanities major also holds information sessions. Keep your eyes peeled for these events!