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 some 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 125)

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

 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 to have taken (or currently be enrolled in) *GLBL 121 or acceptable substitute.


Course Substitutes

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

  • Methods in Quantitative Sociology (SOCY 162)
  • 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)
  • Any course from the Introduction to Statistics Series (S&DS 100-106)


Visual Map

A visual map of the requirements for Global Affairs majors can be found here: (Class of 2019, 2020 and 2021 onward)


Course Matrix

The matrix is a list of approved electives for the major. See below for links to our matrices.

Fall 2022 Course Matrix 
Spring 2022 Course Matrix
Fall 2021 Course Matrix
Spring 2021 Course Matrix

Students may also refer to the list of historically accepted Research Design courses.



Current and prospective majors may email or schedule appointments with the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education, Professor Sigrídur Benediktsdottir, or Lily Sutton, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.