Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Your EVST concentration courses can be courses from your second major, subject to the two-credit limit on overlapping courses. Common EVST double majors inlcude Economics, Political Science, Urban Studies, Ethnicity, Race and Migration, History, and Engineering - but with good planning you can make almost any major work!

Read more about Yale College’s policy for double majors here.

Read about what EVST majors have accomplished after graduating here.

Some half-credit professional school courses earn half-credit in Yale College. Other courses may not earn any credit, but may be recorded on your transcript. Credit awarded for professional school courses can be found here. If a course is not listed, it has not previously been reviewed to determine Yale College course credit value.

According to the Yale College Program of Study, K. Special Arrangements, you are allowed to take four course credits in professional schools:  “A student may offer toward the 36-course-credit requirement for the bachelor’s degree as many as four course credits earned in professional schools of the University. Courses taken in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are not included in this four-credit restriction.” If you’re considering applying to the 5th-Year Master’s Degree Program with YSE, you should explore taking YSE classes as an undergraduate.

To begin, students should read about each concentration and consult the respective lists of suggested courses here

Course offerings change each year, so searching the Yale College Program of Study and Course Search is always a good idea.  If a suggested course is no longer offered, students may contact the course instructor for help finding an appropriate replacement course or to find out if the course will be offered in the near future.

No, students can draw from courses offered in academic departments from all around the university. Just be sure that you are fulfilling the requirements within your EVST track. Read about the BA requirements here and the BS requirements here.

Yes, and many EVST majors do.  More frequently, students find that the established concentrations provide useful guideposts for selecting courses suited to their particular academic or professional goals in broad fields of study.

For both the BA and BS degree program, courses that are listed as EVST seminars and assigned a writing (WR) credit typically fulfill this requirement, such as EVST 212, EVST 215, EVST 224, EVST 324, EVST 350, and EVST 422.

A major objective of this research and writing emphasis is to develop the skills that help with writing the EVST senior essay. Therefore, a student might fulfill this requirement with seminars in other social sciences or humanities departments in Yale College or at YSE, taken within the context of their concentration, if the seminar has significant research and writing content. For example: Environmental Justice in Modern South Asia (EVST 324) introduces and requires students to gain familiarity with ethnographic and other anthropological research methods and contains a very substantial writing requirement. 

Please consult with the DUS if you have questions. 

The Environmental Studies program strongly encourages studying abroad! Keep in mind that one course/transfer credit per semester abroad can be counted towards your EVST concentration.  

Read more about how to coordinate your study abroad experience with your EVST major here.

In addition to the prerequisites, the BS degree requires at least twelve course credits, consisting of the core requirements, the concentration, and the two-term senior essay requirement.  Students who place out of the prerequisites may proceed with fulfilling the other remaining degree requirements.

The BA degree requires at least thirteen course credits, consisting of the core requirements, the concentration, and the senior essay requirement.  Students who place out of introductory math or science classes may substitute another course from the same group of core courses or a higher level course in the same field.  For example, a student who places out of Math 112 (single variable calculus) may take S&DS 101 or ENV 510 or above or Math 115 or above.

EVST core courses are selected to be broadly representative of their respective fields of study in their manner of engaging environmental challenges.  Relatively few courses meet that requirement and so substituting a course for one of the core requirements must meet a high bar for approval. Students wishing to propose a substitute for a core course should talk to the DUS.

For most students, the EVST major leads to the completion of a two-term senior essay that is a capstone project requiring significant independent research and study.  EVST faculty and staff direct advising and supervisory capacity to supporting seniors writing essays for the completion of their BA or BS degrees. The EVST major will present opportunities for amazing experiences or insights.  When it happens to you, save those moments and use them to develop a great topic for your senior essay.