Jackson course offerings are always viewable under “Global Affairs” at Yale’s Online Course Information site.

Jackson courses are taught by faculty throughout Yale’s academic departments, our Senior Fellows, and visiting faculty. The most up-to-date list of our courses can be found at Yale’s Online Course Information site. All graduate and undergraduate courses at the Jackson School are listed as Global Affairs (GLBL).

Most Jackson courses are open to all Yale students. Due to high demand, some of our seminars require prior application. Course applications for these courses are posted on our website when available.


Global Affairs Major Course Requirements

 13 Courses and Language Proficiency

Economics Courses

  1. Introduction to Microeconomics (ECON 108, 110, or 115)*
  2. Introduction to Macroeconomics (ECON 111 or 116)*
  3. Intermediate Microeconomics (ECON 121 or 125) or Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECON 122 or 126)*

Core Courses

  1. Approaches to International Development (GLBL 225)*
  2. Approaches to International Security (GLBL 275)*

Quantitative Analysis Courses

  1. Applied Quantitative Analysis (GLBL 121)*
  2. Applied Quantitative Analysis II (GLBL 122)*
  3. Additional Research Methods Course approved by DUS/Office of Academic Affairs

 Four Elective courses or seminars

  1. Elective 1
  2. Elective 2
  3. Elective 3
  4. Elective 4


  1. One-semester Task Force (GLBL 499)*


Global Affairs majors are required to take a course designated L5 in a modern language other than English.


Advice to Applicants

Current underclassmen should review the requirements of the major and the FAQs. It is strongly recommended that, at the time of application, applicants have made progress towards the required economics sequence and have taken (or are currently enrolled in) *GLBL 121 or an acceptable substitute.


Course Substitutes

We recommend Applied Quantitative Analysis (GLBL 121); however, these are acceptable substitutes:

  • Introduction to Data Analysis and Econometrics (ECON 117, formerly ECON 131)
  • Applied Data Analysis and Econometrics (ECON 132)
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics (ECON 135)
  • Introductory Statistics (S&DS 100)

*Core, Quantitative Analysis, Capstone, and Economics courses are meant to fulfill their corresponding requirement and cannot fill an elective, regardless of a different class counting towards the allocated requirement. For example: If a student counts S&DS 100 for their GLBL 121 requirement but has also taken GLBL 121, they cannot count GLBL 121 as an elective instead.


Finding Historically Accepted Courses

Yale Course Search offers advanced filtering options to enhance your search of courses by department and requirements. In the advanced search section, please use the “Any Course Information Attribute” drop-down to find historically accepted additional methods courses and electives.

If a course you feel strongly about counting towards your requirements is not listed with a Global Affairs attribute, you can petition for it to be accepted by filling out this form.


Academic Advising

Current and prospective majors may schedule appointments with the assistant dean for undergraduate education, Professor Bonnie Weir.