Courses: Double Counting for Majors, Curriculum

Toward Multiple Areas of Knowledge and Modes of Inquiry:

 If approved by the Committee on Courses of the Arts and Sciences Council, an individual course may bear two rather than just one Area of Knowledge code.  When this is the case, only one or the other (but not both) of the codes may count toward fulfillment of an Area of Knowledge. 

 A given course may be approved to bear as many as three Modes of Inquire designations, in which case all of the approved codes are counted.

Toward Multiple Majors, Minors and Certificate Programs:

No student must complete the requirements of more than one major, and minors and certificates are optional programs of study. Nonetheless it is not uncommon for undergraduate students to complete multiple programs of study (majors, minors, and certificates). Students considering a double major or wish to add one or more minors and/or certificates should bear in mind that there are restrictions that apply. First, Duke will recognize no more than two majors and a total of no more than three programs of study on a student’s transcript. Moreover, there can be limitations on the degree to which you can count a given course toward the requirements of multiple programs of study. 

In general, each major, minor, and certificate program sets its own requirements. However, in the case of certificate programs, you may use no more than two courses that are also used to satisfy the requirements of any major, minor, or other certificate program (or combination of them).  Individual majors, minors, and certificate programs may place additional restrictions. Because Directors of Undergraduate Studies (majors and minors) and Directors of certificate programs must certify completion of their respective requirements at the time you graduate, it is important that you consult with your department(s) and/or program(s) to ensure that you have met all of their requirements.

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