How to Declare Your Major

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Step 1

Create a What-If report/ four-year plan to figure out your remaining Trinity, major, and minor requirements (under Academics in DukeHub).

When creating the report:
Plan Type=Major
Plan=Select your Major from the drop down menu
Add Scenario=Second major, minor or certificate

You can declare up to three majors/ minors/ certificates but only two can be majors.

For second majors and co-majors (Global Health) select "Secondary" as the Plan Type.

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Step 2

Submit and review your What-If report.

Identify the Trinity requirements (AOKs and MOIs), and major/ minor requirements you need to fulfill with your remaining classes.

Certificate requirements aren't always programmed into the What-If, so check requirements on the program website.

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Step 3

Add courses to your Planner (found under Enrollment in DukeHub).


  • Search for the courses you plan to take to satisfy remaining Trinity and major requirements and use the "Add to Planner" button to move them to your Planner.
  • Select 4-5 courses for each semester using the "Move Selected" button, and assign these courses to the semesters you expect to take them (fall 2024, spring 2025, etc.).
  • 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, or are taking inter-institutional credits, just enter courses for that semester as if you would be at Duke.
  • You probably won't follow this plan exactly and that's okay.
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Step 4

Create a new What-If report.

In order for your Planned classes to show up in your What-If report, you must create a new report. All requirements should show as satisfied, although there are some things that might not be perfect. The program won't always know about exceptions and newer major requirements and concentrations and that's fine. Your goal is a basic plan for your remaining years.

Check with the DUS or DUSA of your major department for clarification if needed.

 When you are done, download a copy of the What-If report. You will upload this when completing the Major Declaration Form.



DukeHub Major Contemplation and Declaration page

Step 5

Go to the Major Declaration tab in DukeHub (under Academics) and follow the instructions. Step one takes you to the Major Declaration form where you will upload your four-year plan/ What-If report.


After you complete your four-year plan, complete the Major Declaration Form, and meet with your advisor, you will complete the Pre-Major Advising survey.


You will receive an email from our office once your major declaration has been processed. You will also receive an email from your major department with information for new majors including departmental advising.

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Step 6

What if you change your mind?

After your major is initially declared, you can change your major, and add minors and certificates, with the Academic Plan Change form.

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Step 7

For information on advising in your department, visit this page.

Your major department will now be responsible for making you eligible to enroll each semester but our office has general and specialized advising that you can still take advantage of.