The Dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences has established formal academic advising periods that extend over several calendar weeks prior to preregistration in the fall and spring during which students meet with their assigned advisors. The purpose of these advising sessions is to engage in a dialogue about the student's long-range goals at Duke and an assessment as to how the coming semester's courses will contribute toward those goals. 

Getting an Advisor

Upon declaring the Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies major, a student will be asked their GSF primary faculty advisor preference, if any, and will be assigned that advisor if labor distribution considerations and availability allow. The Assistant to the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUSA) will introduce the student and faculty advisor to each other in an email. All GSF majors must complete and regularly update the major form with the assistance of their GSF faculty advisor before they are cleared for registration each term.


During each book-bagging and registration period, a student whose first or second major is Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies is required to meet with their department faculty advisor to discuss progress toward completion of the major. Students are not cleared for registration by GSF until they are approved by their GSF faculty advisor each term. It is the student's responsibility to secure an appointment before the end of their registration window by directly emailing their advisor. GSF majors must complete or update the major24 form or the major form with their faculty advisor. Minors must complete or update the minor24 form or minor form with the DUSA. See this page for details on the major and minor. The faculty advisor will submit the approved and updated GSF major form to the DUSA each term for department review and filing. Similarly, the DUSA will file the reviewed and updated minor form each term. Declared GSF minors must regularly update and file the form with our office to be cleared for graduation with a minor in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies.

Being Prepared for Your Advisor

A few simple steps will facilitate a useful advising session. Study the Major & Minor Requirements and Courses sections on the GSF webpage and come prepared with questions that require resolution or clarification. Bookbag the courses you wish to take on DukeHub and bring a list of those courses to the meeting with the faculty member for majors or the DUSA for minors. Have your filled-out or updated GSF major or GSF minor form in hand or available electronically during the meeting.

Other Advising Resources

Michael S. Domeracki, PhD
Director of Academic Engagement, Social Sciences
Academic Advising Center