There are specific requirements concerning course credits in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and how these course credits apply to graduation requirements.
Thirty-four course credits are required for graduation.
For students entering Duke prior to August 2015:
- Two prematriculation credits, i.e., AP, International Placement Credit (IPC), and Prematriculation Course Credit (PMC). If you have more than two AP/IPC/PMC credits, Duke will record all of them on your Duke transcript and you may use all for placement into higher-level coursework and to satisfy departmental major or minor requirements to the extent allowed by the individual department, but only two will count toward the 34 credits needed for graduation. If you intend to graduate early, you may apply additional AP/IPC/PMC credits toward the 34 credits required for graduation, but you are still subject to the required number of Duke-originated courses taken post-matriculation.
- Two institutional transfer credits that you arrange for on your own at another accredited, four-year university or college in the U.S. or abroad.
- Ten study-abroad transfer credits that you take through a Duke-approved study abroad program. However, the maximum number of credits when combining institutional and study abroad transfer credits cannot exceed ten.
- Four inter-institutional credits. You may enroll in more than four inter-institutional courses and can use them, if appropriate, for major, minor, certificate or general education requirements, but a maximum of four will count toward the 34 credits required for graduation.
For students entering Duke in August 2015 and after:
For all students, there are other limitations. The 34 credits may include no more than:
Students may have courses in excess of the limits above and the courses will count toward major, minor, certificate and general education requirements as appropriate, but the extra courses will not count toward the 34 credits required for graduation.
Note: For Duke Robertson Scholars who enroll in courses at UNC-Chapel Hill, the UNC courses are considered Duke-originated courses. For Duke students participating in the Howard and Spelman Exchange Programs, courses taken during the semester at Howard or Spelman are considered Duke-originated courses. Transfer students who have transferred to Duke from another university as a sophomore or junior must complete 17 Duke-originated courses, regardless of their year of matriculation.