Welcome to Public Policy!

Congratulations on declaring public policy as your major! We're happy that you've joined us in the Sanford School of Public Policy and we're looking forward to getting to know you. We want to give you some information to help you get started on the major. The public policy student handbook has all the information you need regarding course requirements, the public policy internship, the honors project, study away programs and other opportunities in Sanford. You can find the handbook and additional information for new majors here.

Departmental website: https://sanford.duke.edu/


All PUBPOL majors are automatically assigned a faculty advisor in the Sanford School. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their faculty advisor to inquire about course selections, career and internship aspirations, research opportunities, etc. You will receive an email stating your faculty advisor assignment within two weeks of your major declaration. However, you may select a different faculty advisor with that faculty member's permission. In order to change your advisor, first contact the faculty member directly to receive permission. Next, email Suzanne Pierce, Undergraduate Program Coordinator, for the change to be made in DukeHub.

All first majors are required to meet with the Undergraduate Program Staff each advising period prior to course registration. These meetings allow for discussion of major requirements, individual progress towards the degree and clearance for enrollment eligibility in DukeHub. Information regarding appointment scheduling will be emailed prior to the advising period. Second majors are not required to meet with the undergraduate program staff but it is highly recommended to make sure that you are on the correct path to finish the major requirements.

Requirements and General Information

Learn more about major and minor requirements, and general information for new majors.