There are two types of Interdepartmental Majors with slightly different declaration procedures. See the instructions below for each type.
To propose an IDM, you must develop a written plan for your program of study, give your IDM a descriptive title, and work with the directors of undergraduate studies in both departments to put together a cogent list of courses for the major that they will approve. You will specify which department is considered "primary". In considering your proposal, the directors of undergraduate studies should collaborate to insure that your IDM is rigorous and coherent. For more information on the inner workings of an Interdepartmental Major, see this link.
If you're planning to declare an IDM but won't have time to go through the process or have your proposal approved before the major declaration deadline, you must declare a regular major, even if you're planning to change it later. Choose one of the majors from your intended IDM, and follow the steps for declaring a major on the "How to Declare" tab.
The application, and step-by-step instructions for declaring a student-proposed IDM are outlined below:
To declare an IDM, you should complete the IDM application form below and meet with the appropriate directors of undergraduate study for advice and their approval of your courses. Both DUSs and departmental advisors must sign the application form. Note that a DUS may set more stringent and/or more specific requirements
FORM: IDM Application
If you are a sophomore declaring your major for the first time, you will also need to complete the standard declaration steps outlined below:
- Begin on the Planning Tab, in DukeHub. This is where you’ll find your Advisement Report, Long Range Plan, What If report, and your Planner to select future courses. The Planner and What If report are planning tools in which you identify the courses you expect to take during your remaining time at Duke.
- Complete the Long Range Plan. You’ll answer four questions about your future plans, reflect on your choice of the interdepartmental major in a brief essay, and complete a brief survey about your pre-major advising experience.
- Run a What If report. Create a new report, run it for Trinity requirements only, and view it as a pdf. This will show you how your past and current courses are meeting requirements, and what general education requirements remain. You can also add additional majors, minors, or certificates if you like.
- Add courses to your Planner. Select the courses you plan to take to satisfy all remaining general education and IDM requirements and place them in your Planner, so you’ll have 4-5 classes a semester for your remaining semesters. If you plan to study abroad in a Duke-in program, you can add the courses you expect to take. If you don’t know where you will be studying, or what will be offered, just enter courses for that semester as if you would be at Duke. Delete any courses you didn’t assign to a particular semester.
- Run a new What If report. The planned classes for the student-proposed IDM will not show as satisfied because they are not programmed in DukeHub. However, all general studies requirements should show as satisfied and you should not have any courses that go beyond your graduation semester. If you do, go back into your Planner and delete them.
- Schedule an appointment with your college advisor to review your What If report and essay. Bring a printed copy of your essay and What If report. Your advisor will confirm the accuracy of the What If report and sign your essay.
- Submit your application and What if Report to Dean Karen Murphy in 011 Allen Building for final approval and processing.
These IDMs are programmed in DukeHub, therefore, you will add planned classes for the major AND general studies requirements, making sure both show as 'satisfied', just as you would any other major. Schedule an appointment with your college advisor to review your What If report and essay. Bring a printed copy of your essay and What If report. Your advisor will confirm the accuracy of the What If report and sign your essay. Submit your essay and What if report to the Academic Advising Center on East Campus.
To learn more about Program II and to apply, please visit their site. If you're planning to declare a Program II major but won't have time to go through the process or have your proposal approved before the major declaration deadline, you must declare a regular major, even if you're planning to change it later. Choose whatever major is closest to your proposed Program II, and follow the steps for declaring a major on the "How to Declare" tab.