Welcome

320 York Street is an iconic humanities destination at the heart of Yale’s campus. The address marks a building historically known as the Hall of Graduate Studies, built in 1930-32, designed by James Gamble Rogers. Now under renovation, this monumental collegiate gothic building will reopen in 2020, becoming home to 15 humanities departments and the Whitney Humanities Center.

An array of humanities research and teaching initiatives are part of the building’s core mission, including the Public Humanities Program, the Directed Studies Program for first-year students, Archaia (Yale’s initiative in the study of the ancient world), and the Franke Program in Science and Humanities. Departmental spaces are designed to allow individual disciplines to do their best work while connecting organically with others who share methods, research questions, and topical interests. A state-of-the-art lecture hall, 90-seat film screening room, First-Year Common Room, and a coffee shop tucked into one of the grandest rooms on campus anchor the many common spaces scattered throughout the building. The 14-story Swensen Tower provides open-plan workspace for graduate students and faculty and boasts the most glamorous views on campus.

The animating vision of this project goes well beyond this spectacular space. An ongoing grant program funds collaborative work that is transforming teaching and research in the humanities at Yale. Explore the Projects page to learn more about these intiatives. And stay tuned for information about our opening year celebrations in 2020-21.