How to Declare Your Major

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Step 1

In DukeHub, select Academics.

This is where you’ll find your Long Range Plan (LRP) and What-If report.

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Step 2

Complete tasks 1-3 in the Long Range Plan

  • Answer four questions about your future plans.
  • Reflect on your choice of major.
  • Complete a brief survey about your pre-major advising experience.
Create Report button
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Step 3

Create a What-If report to figure out your remaining Trinity, major, and minor requirements (task 4 in LRP).

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 4

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 5

Add courses to your Planner, found under Enrollment. (Task 5 in the LRP). 

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 2023, spring 2024, etc.).

You probably won't follow this plan exactly and that's okay. 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.

Delete any courses you didn't assign to a particular semester.

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Step 6

Create a new What-If report (task 6).

All requirements should show as satisfied. If not, go back into your Planner and add courses that will satisfy outstanding requirements, and then re-run your What-If report.

There shouldn’t be any courses that are dated past your graduation semester. If there are, go back into your Planner and delete them and re-run your What-If report.

Some major/ minor requirements in the What-If don't match those shown on department websites. Check with the DUS or DUSA of the department for clarification if needed.

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Step 7

Schedule an appointment with your college advisor to review your What-If report and Long Range Plan (task 7 and 8).

After your meeting, email the AAC at with your name and student ID number, to let us know your advisor has approved your plan. We'll process your declaration and email you when it's done.

If you'd like an "I Declared" sticker, you can contact your Academic Guide to arrange a time to pick one up. The Academic Guides can point you to resources that will support your transition to your academic department.

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Step 8

What if you change your mind?

You can change your major, and add minors and certificates without having to redo your Long Range Plan. Use the Academic Plan Change form on the Registrar’s website to request changes to your plan.

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Step 9

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

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