Welcome to the Exploring Majors and Certificates pages. You'll FIND links to major requirements, information about advising, and more.

Take advantage of these resources to help you choose the academic path that is right for you:

  • Watch this video to see how Greg Victory, Director of the Career Center, answers the question, "Does My Major Really Matter?" and learn about the connections between your major and career.
  • Learn about different majors, minors and certificates using the links below.
  • Reach out to the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), or Certificate Program Director, to learn more about their major or program.
  • Meet with a DAE or specialty advisor. There is a DAE for each academic division who can help you decide between different majors of interest, and a global and cross-disciplinary advisor who can help you integrate your academic interests with opportunities beyond the classroom.

Broadly conceived, the humanities disciplines use historical, philosophical, and artistic approaches to study the human condition in all its facets. Humanistic and artist knowledge plays a crucial part in the education of the individual; the pursuit, creation, and theorization of meaning; and qualitative analyses of social systems and cultural practices. Whether you are searching for how to integrate your interests across fields, maximize opportunities in separate and time-intensive interests, find research mentors, develop your own portfolios, or strategize about how best to represent your unique Duke journey, the arts and humanities DAE can provide clarity, spur more productive questions, and leave you with a specific to-do list that makes next steps more tangible.

The social sciences explore the patterns of human behavior, and researchers in these disciplines study a wide array of topics from the intricacies of complex social structures to the grand mechanisms of intercultural exchange. With such a vast scope of study, the social sciences make use of several methodological approaches and analyze both qualitative and quantitative data sets. Our Social Sciences DAE, Dr. Michael Domeracki, a comparative religiousist by training, advises students as they explore majors, minors, and certificates, research, and experiential opportunities within the broad umbrella of social scientific inquiry. He has spent his career helping students compose competitive applications for undergraduate research, co-curricular experiences, and post-baccalaureate options like fellowships or graduate school. Dr. Domeracki offers majors discernment and general social sciences advising appointments to students of any class year, at any time of the year, at this link.