In Spring 2021, we offered three courses through this initiative, and an additional two courses are scheduled for Spring 2022. These courses represented exciting collaborations that cut across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences:
Asian Americans in STEM (Spring 2022)
Mary Lui (American Studies and History) and Reina Maruyama (Physics and Astronomy)
Blood: Science, Culture, and Society (Spring 2022)
Moira Fradinger (Comparative Literature) and Claudia Valeggia (Anthropology)
Choice Theory and its Critics (Spring 2021)
Daniel Greco (Philosophy) and Larry Samuelson (Economics/Management)
Cinema and Physics: When the Birth of Cinema and the Scientific Revolution Met (Spring 2021)
Francesco Casetti (Humanities and Film Studies) and Michel Devoret (Applied Physics)
Racial and Economic Justice in Transgender Health (Spring 2021)
Greta LaFleur (American Studies) and Ronica Mukherjee (Nursing)
You can read faculty reflections on the experience of teaching a cross-divisional course here
We are delighted to offer this opportunity again and we invite your proposals for co-taught undergraduate courses for the 2022-23 academic year that bring together the humanities and the sciences.
The proposed courses should be taught by teams of two ladder faculty members, each from a different academic division of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In exceptional cases we may consider collaborations between an FAS faculty member and a faculty member from one of Yale’s professional schools. Proposed courses should bridge humanistic and scientific disciplines, approach topics of common interest to different disciplines in the humanities and sciences, or otherwise investigate the interface between humanistic and scientific inquiry. We broadly construe the sciences to include the biological and physical sciences, as well as the social sciences.
Courses are to be taught during the 2022-23 academic year. Each successful team will be awarded a $10,000 stipend for course development and each team member will receive full teaching credit for the course. We expect to fund three proposals.
Course proposals should include a course description of 300 words or less, a provisional reading list, and a brief description of proposed assignments. We encourage collaborative student projects that pair students working across divisions.
Proposals are due on December 13, 2021. We will notify those selected early in 2022.
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Dean of Yale College