The Directed Studies program consists of three integrated full-year courses in Western Philosophy, Literature, and Historical and Political Thought. Each of the three courses meets weekly for one lecture and two discussion seminars, where small groups of students work closely with a professor to texts in depth. Regular classes are complemented by a series of colloquia, in addition to sessions at the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Interested students must apply or petition for interest before the beginning of the Fall Semester of freshman year.
Six Pretty Good Ideas
“Six Pretty Good Ideas” is a new initiative within the First Year Seminar Program offered every fall semester. Intentionally irreverent in name, 6PGX deconstructs canonicity and reconceives the “great books” rubric as open, dialogic, and vital. Each seminar is paired with a mandatory Friday lab that alternates between writing workshops and exploring Yale’s archives, museums, and special collections —including the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Yale Art Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art, and specialist world-class holdings such as the Babylonian collection. Interested students must apply through the first-year seminar preference selection portal before the beginning of the Fall semester.
6PGX courses count for 1.5 credits and fulfill the HU and WR requirements.