Duke students

Through interdisciplinary education, Duke is fostering new ways to transmit knowledge. Duke offers a rich array of academic programs that cross traditional boundaries and build on its strength as an interdisciplinary research university. These opportunities range from specialized programs and mentored research to hands-on community-based learning and international study.

Students pursue scholarship tailored to their interests in interdisciplinary areas such as global health inequalities, the social consequences of genetic differences, the demography of aging and fertility, neuropsychiatric disorders and the protection of the earth’s resources.

Faced with a wealth of opportunities, undergraduates can benefit from the guidance of Duke’s Directors of Academic Engagement. These specialized advisors work with students to clarify goals and connect them to opportunities for academic exploration within and beyond the traditional classroom. Graduate students can access a number of resources to guide their pathways, and the professional schools each offer tailored services to professional students.

Academic Programs Run by the University-Wide Institutes and Initiatives

Five of Duke’s institutes and initiatives manage the thematic areas of Bass Connections and run project teams, courses, and summer programs. Several units provide co-curricular programs for doctoral students, which enable those individuals to engage with peers from other schools and departments and undertake research projects with faculty outside their degree programs. The Franklin Humanities Institute runs a series of Humanities Labs; the Duke Global Health Institute and the Energy Initiative run doctoral scholars programs; and the Kenan Institute for Ethics hosts the Rethinking Regulation Graduate Student Working Group.

The institutes and initiatives also administer the following academic programs that draw upon faculty from multiple schools, and several furnish additional opportunities for graduate students.

Doctoral Level

Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program
Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Computational Media, Arts & Culture


Global Health

Master’s Level
Degree Programs

Bioethics & Science Policy
Global Health
Interdisciplinary Data Science

Undergraduate Level

Global Health


Energy Engineering
Global Health


Decision Sciences
Energy & Environment
Ethics & Society
Human Rights
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Science & Society

Interdisciplinary Majors, Programs and Certificates across Duke

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Majors

African and African American Studies
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Brazilian and Global Portuguese Studies
Cultural Anthropology
Environmental Sciences and Policy
Evolutionary Anthropology
French and Francophone Studies
Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies
Global Cultural Studies
Global Health
Interdepartmental Major
International Comparative Studies
Italian Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Program II (self-designed major)
Public Policy Studies
Religious Studies
Romance Studies
Slavic and Eurasian Studies
Spanish and Latin American Studies
Theater Studies
Visual and Media Studies

Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs

Analytical Political Economy
Bioethics and Science Policy
Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program
Computational Biology & Bioinformatics
Computational Media, Arts & Cultures
East Asian Studies
Experimental and Documentary Arts
Historical and Cultural Visualization
Global Health
Third-Year Global Health Study Program
International Development Policy
Liberal Studies
MD-MEng Joint Degree Program
Medical Physics
Medical Scientist Training Program
Public Policy Studies
Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Certificates

Aerospace Engineering
Architectural Engineering
Arts of the Moving Image
Child Policy Research
Decision Science
Documentary Studies
East Asian Studies
Energy and the Environment
Genome Sciences and Policy
Human Development
Human Rights
Information Science and Information Studies
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Jewish Studies
Latin American Studies
Latino/a Studies in the Global South
Marine Science and Conservation Leadership
Markets and Management Studies
Marxism & Society
Policy Journalism and Media Studies
Politics, Philosophy, and Economics

Graduate Interdisciplinary Certificates

Advanced Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
African and African American Studies
Anthropology and History
Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering
Cognitive Neuroscience
College Teaching
Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Computational Media, Arts & Cultures
Canadian Studies
Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
Developmental Psychology
East Asian Studies
Feminist Studies
Genetics and Genomics
Global Health
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine
Information Sciences and Information Studies
Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health
Interdisciplinary European Studies
Interdisciplinary Medieval and Renaissance Studies
International Development Policy
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Middle East Studies
Non-Linear & Complex Systems
Philosophy, Arts, and Literature
Philosophy of Biology
Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies
Structural Biology and Biophysics

Professional Interdisciplinary Certificates

Anglican Studies
Baptist Studies
Business Analysis
Business Communication
Business Law
Digital Media and Marketing
Environmental Communications
Environmental Law
Event Development
Essentials of Human Resource Management
Financial Planning
Gender, Theology, & Ministry
Geospatial Analysis
Health Sector Management
Human Resource Management
Intellectual Property Law
Nonprofit Management
Nurse Anesthesia DNP
Nursing Education
Nursing and Healthcare Leadership
Nursing Informatics
Nurse Practitioner
Ophthalmic Medical Technician
Paralegal Studies
Prison Studies
Project Management
Sustainable Systems Analysis
Technical Communication

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