Frequently Asked Questions

Can I be a Humanities major if I was not in Directed Studies?

Absolutely! While Directed Studies (DS) is administratively housed under the auspices of the Humanities Program, taking DS is NOT necessary for pursuing the Humanities Major. The major is open to any students with an interest in the wide range of questions and interdisciplinary approaches that we aim to explore. We welcome students from diverse backgrounds and disciplinary preparation. 

I have heard about a summer program in Rome for Humanities majors. Where can I get more information?

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.

Some of the Humanities seminars do not seem to fit into my schedule. How much flexibility is there in choosing my own courses?

The major offers the chance to determine your own program by working closely with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Speak to him regarding how best to structure your course of study.

What sorts of careers do people pursue after graduating from the Humanities major?

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.

Whom do I contact for more information about the Humanities major?

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!