Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke University Program II

Before you Apply!


1. Attend an information session

You must be a freshman, a sophomore, or a first-semester junior in Trinity College to apply to Program II.  Before you do, please explore the Program II website and attend one of the four information sessions we offer each year. If you can't attend an information session, please call or email Dean Rachael Murphey-Brown (see information to the right) , who will be happy to speak with you about Program II and discuss your academic interests and whether Program II is appropriate for you. 


2.  Find an advisor

Before you actually prepare your formal application to Program II, it will be crucially important for you to meet with and get to know some of the faculty who share your academic interests.  Such meetings should be face-to-face and give you an opportunity to present your evolving thinking about your topic and to ask pertinent questions. In general, your proposal should be developed with strong guidance from your advisor with regard to the intellectual merit of your theme, the apparopriate courses, and options for research or capstone experiences.

Presumably, you will find a suitable Program II advisor among the faculty who teach courses in areas outlined in your proposal.  This person should be able to help you prepare a suitable final list of core courses for your program of study and revise your essay.

Your advisor must be a regular-rank faculty member in an academic department in Arts & Sciences. You may consider recruiting a secondary or co-advisor, if your proposal is interdisciplinary and might benefit from faculty with different expertise. It is common, but not required, that your advisor would also be your research or capstone mentor. 


3.  Complete and submit your Program II Application

2016-17 Info Sessions:

All Info Sessions are in 103A Allen from 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Thursday, September 15 Thursday, October 13
Thursday, January 19 Thursday, March 16

2016-17 Application Deadlines:

Friday, September 30
Friday, October 28
Friday, February 10
Friday, April 7


For more information about Program II and/or to ask for an appointment with Dean Murphey-Brown,

phone: (919) 684-6217

or you can contact Dean Murphey-Brown with specific questions at: