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If public policy is right for you as a first or second major, follow the major declaration guidelines established by the Duke Academic Advising Center.  (A minor in public policy is not offered.)

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    PubPol & Football

    Quentin Harris PPS'19 juggled quarterbacking for the Duke football team with the demands of a pubpol schedule. He majored in public policy, minored in economics, and earned an Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate. Quentin says he was drawn to public policy because of the combination of analysis and innovation.

All Public Policy majors are automatically assigned a faculty advisor in the Sanford School. However, you may select a different faculty advisor with that faculty advisor’s permission. Once permission is granted please email the Undergraduate Program Coordinator for this change to be made in ACES. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their faculty advisor to inquire about course selections, career and internship aspirations, research opportunities and the like.


All Public Policy first majors are REQUIRED to meet with the Undergraduate Program Coordinator each advising period prior to course registration. These meetings allow for discussion of major requirements, individual progress toward the degree and clearance for enrollment eligibility in ACES. Only graduating seniors and students studying away may conduct this meeting via email. Information regarding appointment scheduling will be emailed prior to the advising period.

Second majors should refer to their first major department for instructions on registration eligibility.

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