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Best majors at Yale?

zenxanzenxan Posts: 82Registered User Junior Member
edited January 2011 in Yale University
What are the "best" and most popular majors at Yale? By best I guess I mean the ones that students feel best prepared them for their future, gave them the most advantage post graduation with the most scope in their field.

How is their Environmental Studies and Sustainability Program? Is bio-engineering popular in the Forestry school? This is what I'm interested in studying!

http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/what-my-chances/1071667-chance-me-looking-ivies-other-top-schools-environmental-studies.html
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  • T26E4T26E4 Posts: 16,082Registered User Senior Member
    I doubt Yale grads would say this major or that major prepared them or didn't prepare them afterward. Most Yalies are incredibly hungry scholars and what they major in doesn't have to influence what their chosen career paths eventually became. When & if you get there, be open minded and explore what interests you. Yale isn't a pre-professional college.
  • zenxanzenxan Posts: 82Registered User Junior Member
    Yeah I know, I find Yale's approach to the core requirement really awesome and I definitely want to be able to explore all sorts of different options.

    Do you know how their environmental studies program fares though? Is it well funded? Lots of research opportunities? I heard about a pre-college sort of program where students get to spend a few weeks before their freshman year working on a farm - do you have any experience with that program?

    As a Yalie, I'd love to hear your opinion on my chances if you don't mind!
  • YaleGradandDadYaleGradandDad Posts: 925Registered User Member
    The most popular majors are History, Political Science, English, Biology, Economics and Psychology which account for 50% or so of all majors. There are dozens of majors available so some must have only a small handful of students.
  • ECazndb8rECazndb8r Posts: 413Registered User Member
    ^ true, however, those are also majors which are popular at the vast majority of colleges in the US... I know the Chem E dept at Yale is graduating under 20 students this year when the econ one is probably graduating 200, but that's beside the point...sometimes it's easier to find opportunities when there's less competition, and your professor's will really get to know you

    I can't speak for Bio-engineering specifically, I know that Yale has received multiple awards for their commitment to sustainability and the Department shouldn't lag behind too much. The prefrosh program you're referring to is Harvest, I personally didn't do it, but I've yet to hear about someone who went and didn't enjoy it(not sure if it changed anyone's life though... :P ) Also, Yale has been trying to discard it's "ivory tower, liberal arts only image" by funding more research, but all the science related majors I know say there are already abundant opportunities. Basically, if that's what you want to do, yale will find a way to make it happen, if it's not happening already...

    That said, I am not majoring in this field. Anyone more qualified want to comment?
  • boomshakalakaboomshakalaka Posts: 694Registered User Member
    underwater basketweaving
  • livorneolivorneo Posts: 138Registered User Junior Member
    Pretty much any major at Yale will be well-funded with lots of research opportunities. The senior requirement for the Environmental Studies major is a mandatory independent research project, with a relevant topic of your choosing. Additionally, there is an optional summer environmental internship program between junior and senior year for which the department can provide some financial support. If you are interested in bio-engineering, however, wouldn't a major like biomedical, environmental, or even chemical engineering (or molecular biophysics & biochemistry) be more relevant? You generally need to gain a strong background in engineering in undergrad if you hope to become an engineer later on. The Environmental Studies major, on the other hand, would prepare you for graduate study in law, medicine, or public health, or careers in business, environmental management and conservation, teaching, and writing.

    Btw, Yale has just recently announced the creation of a Biodesign Institute, which it will open in 2012. Check it out: Yale Launches New Biodesign Institute on West Campus
  • ma3a20ma3a20 Posts: 116Registered User Junior Member
    'underwater basketweaving'

    followed by

    'Pretty much any major at Yale will be well-funded with lots of research opportunities.'

    made me lol :D
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