Yale's Most Popular Courses
The top courses students are shopping for Spring 2020
Like clockwork, shopping period is upon Yale students once again. Cue the cycle of desperate emails from students vying for one of the 18 seats in seminars, the furious search for that 2.0-workload science credit, and the overflowing classrooms in WLH on the first day of shopping period.
Using data from Yale Course Demand Statistics, The News analyzed the classes that are most shopped, trending classes, and the most oversubscribed seminars.
We're updating this page daily, so be sure to check back for the latest trends.
From Bioethics and Law to Introductory Microeconomics, these are the most popular courses at Yale right now.
About this project
This is a project of the Yale Daily News Data Desk, a new initiative to bring data-driven journalism to the News. Like what you see? Want to use your data analysis and storytelling skills to report on pressing campus issues? We want to hear from you! Email Daniel Zhao or Maggie Nolan to get started.
The News scraped Yale's Course Demand Statistics website using a Python script, then analyzed the data in R to extract the most popular courses overall, the courses with the greatest change in shoppers day-to-day, and the most popular seminars. We run these scripts each night to update the data you see.
The News inferred classes to be seminars by defining seminars as non-lab courses that met once a week for approximately two hours. Because the Course Demand Statistics website does not contain meeting times, we merged in data from CourseTable, which provides course meeting times.
You can find our scripts, code, and cleaned dataset on GitHub.
Cover photo by staff photographer Zoe Berg.