During their first year at Duke all students (including sophomore transfer students) must meet two specific requirements:
You are expected to fulfill these first-year requirements before the start of the second year. If you fail to do so you may be dismissed for academic reasons for a period of two semesters.
What classes are suggested for first-year students besides Writing 101?
In addition to Writing 101, you must take at least one seminar in the first year. Seminars generally are marked with an "S" next to the course number. Beyond the requirement that you take Writing 101 and a seminar in your first year, you are free to take any courses that interest you. At least two of these courses should probably be in areas of potential interest to you as a major, so that you can get some exposure to them early on. You also have general education requirements to complete and should work steadily on fulfilling them. Above all, be sure to take one or two courses that particularly interest you, as you are likely to do well in such courses and therefore get off to a good start at Duke.