About Us

Trinity College of Arts & Sciences is the heart of Duke University, second in faculty size only to Duke's top ranked School of Medicine. We award nearly 80 percent of undergraduate degrees and support deeply interdisciplinary exploration in our undergraduate and graduate curricula. We value ambition paired with meaningful goals, and we strive to give students exceptional access to our faculty and their research programs. We believe in the transformational possibilities of a Duke Education.

Explore Our History

Undergraduate Class of 2012/2013 By the Numbers

  • Students: 1374
  • Men: 45%
  • Women: 55%
  • Underrepresented Students of Color: 21%

Diversity of Academic Choices

  • One major: 16%
  • Second major: 11%
  • Major(s) with minor(s) 46%
  • Major(s) with certificate(s) 15%
  • One major, one minor, one certificate 12%

Academic Engagement

  • Undergraduate Research: 49%
  • Graduation with Distinction: 24%
  • Study Abroad: 54%
  • Service Learning Classes: 39%
  • DukeEngage: 23%


  • 208 Graduating seniors participated in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Athletics
  • 130 Seniors made the Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll during their athletic careers at Duke

Graduate Class of 2012/2013 By the Numbers

  • Men: 53%
  • Women: 47%
  • Underrepresented students of color: 12%


  • 170 Ph.D. graduates
  • 41 Master of Science graduates
  • 175 Master of Arts graduates
  • 15 Master of Fine Arts graduates
  • 14 Master of Arts in Teaching graduates

Undergraduate Programs

Class Size

  • 75% of classes under 20 students
  • 6% of class have more than 50 students

Majors & Minors:  See Listing

Ten largest major programs: economics, public policy, biology, psychology, history, political science, neuroscience, computer science, English, mathematics

Ten largest minor programs: chemistry, economics, romance studies, psychology, biology, history, education, art and art history, Asian and Middle Eastern studies, political science

Certificates: See Listing

Ten largest certificate programs: Markets & Management; Global Health; Policy Journalism & Media Studies; Energy and the Environment; Politics, Philosophy & Economics; Arts of Moving Image; Documentary Studies; Genome Sciences and Policy; Information Science + Information Studies; Child Policy Research; Human Development

Growth in Undergraduate Research

  • 2004-2005: 39% of graduating class participated
  • 2011-2012: 49% of graduating class participated

Growth in Graduation with Distinction Senior Thesis

  • 2003-2004: 13% of graduating class participated
  • 2011-2012: 27% of graduating class participated

Knowledge in Service to Society

  • 27 Departments offer service-learning courses
  • 64 service learning course sections offered

Graduate Programs

Doctoral Programs

Ten largest doctoral programs: economics, psychology, political science, English, chemistry, mathematics, physics, computer science, statistical science, religion

Master's Programs

Ten largest master's programs: economics, statistics and economics modeling, computer science, East Asian studies, political science, liberal studies, religion, history, Slavic & Eurasian studies, English

Certificate Programs

Ten largest graduate certificate programs: teaching, women's studies, cognitive neuroscience, nanoscience, Latin American and Caribbean studies, African & African American Studies, developmental psychology, East Asian studies, teaching college biology, interdisciplinary Medieval and Renaissance studies


  • 640 Faculty Members
  • Women: 31%
  • 36 Departments & Programs


  • $87.7M in 2012/2013
  • 487 research grants

Research Sponsors

  • National Science Foundation: 34%
  • National Institutes of Health: 22%
  • Non-federal sources: 21%
  • Department of Defense: 14%
  • Department of Energy: 5%
  • Other Federal Agencies: 3%