For Math Majors

Mathematics is a powerful and versatile major. Students with degrees in mathematics are highly sought after in a variety of industries because employers know that success in mathematics requires strong problem-solving abilities and outstanding analytical skills. As such math majors are very marketable. Math majors are strong candidates for medical and law schools, high tech and finance industries, or graduate school in any of a variety of different fields, including engineering, economics, finance, and computer science.

What is it like being a math major?

As a math major, you will have a wide variety of options in your course of study. After completing a set of core courses, you can sample from a variety of different courses representing the main areas of mathematics. There will be opportunity to take directed reading courses and to participate in undergraduate research working with faculty members. Through the whole process, you will have a faculty advisor to help guide you in making decisions that will optimize your undergraduate mathematics experience.

Who studies math at Duke?

"My time as a math major at Duke was extremely enjoyable. The faculty were very understanding and helpful, which was important to me since playing on the Duke soccer team and the Icelandic national team kept me very busy. I liked that the classes were often quite small, which made it easier to get... read more »


“By pursuing a math major I was able to study quantitative topics relevant to diverse disciplines of science and the social sciences while keeping my post-Duke options open for as long as possible. Most majors in science, engineering, economics, etc. require knowledge of some combination of... read more »


“I went to Duke wanting to study both math and theater, but worried about the difficulty of pursuing two such different majors. Fortunately, I connected early on with wonderful mentors in the Math department who were supportive of both my interests. I have been able to blend my math and theater... read more »


“I had a wonderfully rich experience as a math major. Beyond pure math, my coursework was applicable to biology, logic, physics, economics, and statistics. More importantly, math taught me how to think, greatly improving my ability to express myself logically. Thanks to accessible, supportive, and... read more »


“The benefits of pursuing a mathematics degree at Duke University are endless. As a math major, I developed a logical and analytical mindset that has assisted me within the academic, professional and personal realms of life. I learned to identify the implicit assumptions within a problem or... read more »


"For the first few weeks of Math 32, my first class at Duke, I felt intimidated and unsure by the difficulty and the rigor of the subject matter. I had considered quitting math altogether, but because I had a passion for it, I decided to try out a few more courses. Fifteen math classes later, I am... read more »


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