Directors of Academic Engagement, and the Global, Civic and Cross-Disciplinary Advisor, are specialized advisors. We meet with Trinity and Pratt students of all class years and majors and offer four specialty areas:

Arts & Humanities
Natural & Quantitative Sciences
Social Sciences
Global, Civic and Cross-Disciplinary Opportunities

You can see a DAE or specialized advisor as often as you want.

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What we do for students

  • Explain key differences between programs and departments to help you find what's right for you
  • Share co-curricular opportunities linked to your interests, including some you might not hear of otherwise
  • Recommend faculty members for you to get to know (and coach you on how to approach them)
  • Make suggestions on how and when to get involved in research
  • Help you set goals, reflect and prioritize to get the most from your time at Duke

Students typically OPT in to see a Specialized Advisor when they have questions like these:

  • "I'm torn between a couple different fields or opportunities, and I don't know how to decide"
  • "What should I do with my summer?"
  • "I love this major, but I don't know what I can do with it career wise"
  • "Everybody around me is talking about getting involved in research, but I don't actually know what that means"