At Duke, our faculty, research staff, and students connect research and education with active community engagement. Rich collaborations are taking place all across campus, both within and across academic disciplines and schools.

Interdisciplinary inquiry, of course, depends on a foundation of disciplinary knowledge. Curiosity-driven research and scholarship remain central to Duke’s intellectual foundation; at the same time, complicated societal problems are rarely susceptible to disciplinary answers.

Duke’s pursuit of excellence in interdisciplinarity has led to an ethos of community-based learning, which has increasingly suffused scholarly undertakings across campus. The new academic strategic plan, Together Duke: Advancing Excellence through Community, strengthens the university’s commitments to fundamental scholarship, a transformative educational experience for every student, and engagement with communities around the world on pressing 21st-century challenges.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies provides central leadership for the university-wide interdisciplinary units—a cornerstone of Duke’s commitment to inquiry across disciplines—and runs the Bass Connections program, which brings together faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates to tackle complex societal challenges in interdisciplinary research teams.

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