Welcome to Economics!
The Department of Economics hosts an online orientation for all new first majors via Sakai. Students will watch videos and learn essential information about the basic elements of the major as well as the resources and opportunities available them. New Major Orientation also provides the only gateway into the department's advising system, so new majors will not be able to attend open advising until they complete the orientation. In years past the department has conducted evening information sessions for New Major Orientation. Students who already have attended a session do not need to complete the New Major Orientation on Sakai. Second majors are welcome but not required to complete New Major Orientation.
Departmental website: https://econ.duke.edu/
Economics first majors may request a mentor by completing a field preferences survey that will help us match you with a faculty mentor. Explore the options within economics before filling out the survey. The mentor assignment will be made available through the student DukeHub accounts about one month after the advising period. For matters that do not pertain to course requirements or technical/administrative aspects of pursuing an economic degree (such as career advice and questions about graduate school), students should feel free to contact their mentors via email for an appointment at any time during the academic year.
Students may also consult with the director of undergraduate studies (DUS) or associate director of undergraduate studies (ADUS). The DUS and ADUS offer office hours each term for walk-ins, or you may schedule an appointment by contacting them via email.
Once students have completed New Major Orientation, they are eligible for advising in the EcoTeach Center. EcoTeach handles the nuts and bolts of advising, from anything related to major, minor, and concentration requirements to registration and graduation. A two-week open advising period is held in EcoTeach every semester — usually beginning the week of registration — during which students meet with specially trained academic advisors to review their progress in the major or minor and receive permission to register for courses in the upcoming semester. As part of this process, students will receive a personalized report on their progress in the major or minor (updated each term).
All first majors must come to open advising every semester. Second majors and minors should attend at least once a year to make sure they are on track with degree requirements. Learn more about our open advising dates and times.