Admission to the Global Affairs major takes place during the sophomore year.
The Fall 2018 application deadline for global affairs majors is November 16, 2018. The application will be available in September 2018.
Each fall, the Jackson Institute hosts several information sessions for Yale sophomores who are considering the Global Affairs major. In Fall 2018, sessions will be held on October 30 and November 9. Please visit our events page for more details and to register.
Advice to Applicants
The Global Affairs major is by application in the sophomore year, with a total class size of about 50 students.
Current underclassmen should review the requirements of the major and the FAQs, selecting courses with an eye toward the economics, language, and quantitative analysis (GLBL 121) requirements. Students interested in the international development track who have already completed introductory economics, may also consider intermediate microeconomics in their semesters’ courses.
Current sophomores who have already identified their intended track may also want to consider a course relevant to that intended track.
Note that for the Class of 2018 and all subsequent classes, game theory courses will no longer count as research design courses. Eligible research design courses are listed in the most recent Approved Courses lists. Security track majors are strongly recommended to take a game theory course, such as GLBL 180, Game Theory and International Relations, as one of their five electives. Questions about this change should be directed to the DUS.
Interested sophomores can schedule an appointment with the DUS during the fall term, though please note that such meetings do not influence admissions decisions. Current and prospective majors can schedule appointments with the DUS, Professor Sigrídur Benediktsdottir, or Lily Sutton, Director of Student Affairs.
In addition, prospective majors are invited to attend an information session held each fall and announced in collaboration with residential college deans and the Sophomore Class Council. Prospective students may want to sign up for the Jackson Institute mailing list.