In addition to interdisciplinary learning opportunities for students at Duke within the regular semester—such as the University Course series and Bass Connections—there are opportunities that extend beyond the traditional academic calendar.
Students can benefit from the guidance of Duke’s Directors of Academic Engagement, specialized advisors who help to clarify goals and design a customized path that integrates co-curricular, global and research experiences into an undergraduate’s academic studies.
Bass Connections builds on Duke’s culture of collaboration, taking knowledge beyond the classroom. Students and faculty come together across disciplines to find solutions to the most pressing problems of the day. Interdisciplinary project teams are made up of faculty, experts outside the university, undergraduates, graduate and professional students and post-docs from across the university. Individuals collaborate and apply their skills and perspectives to address real-world problems. Students receive sustained mentoring by faculty and serve as mentors to each other.
Duke’s Focus Program for first-year students provides clusters of courses designed around an interdisciplinary theme, taught by faculty from diverse academic departments who are leading researchers in their fields. Courses in each cluster fulfill Duke’s general education curriculum requirements and may contribute to a major, minor or certificate. The program features small seminars, shared housing among Focus students, and integrated learning experiences on campus and in the community. Field work, faculty/student research, research-service learning and volunteer work are just a few options.
The Winter Forum is an intense two-and-a-half-day conference for undergraduates from all disciplines that is held annually prior to the start of spring semester. Each forum focuses on a single global issue and is led by a different university institute or School each year. Students, led by Duke faculty members and experts, evaluate a global issue from perspectives of multiple disciplines and cultures as well as engage in collaborative work.
A University Course is a class focused on a topic or theme that is taught by faculty from across all of Duke’s undergraduate and graduate school, and is available to all students. These courses inherently create a diverse learning environment. One of the most important elements of the University Course is reflection on key social issues and the ways in which interdisciplinary perspectives can be brought to bear on these issues.
Through intercultural academic experiences, Global Education challenges students’ perspectives, expands self-awareness and inspires lifelong global engagement.
The Duke Neurohumanities in Paris global education program brings a vertically integrated, international learning community into sustained dialogue to advance knowledge and theorizations at the crossroads of neuroscience and the humanities.
The core commitment of the Humanities Labs is to engage undergraduates in advanced research alongside faculty and graduate student mentors and collaborators. Each Lab is organized around a central theme and a constellation of research projects that bring together faculty and students from across the humanities and other disciplines. The Labs are supported by Humanities Writ Large, a 5-year Mellon Foundation-funded initiative aimed at transforming the role of the humanities in undergraduate education.
DukeEngage empowers students to address critical human needs through immersive service, in the process transforming students, advancing the University’s educational mission, and providing meaningful assistance to communities in the U.S. and abroad. DukeEngage provides funding for Duke undergraduates who wish to pursue an immersive (minimum of eight weeks) service experience by meeting a community need locally, domestically or internationally.
DukeImmerse is a semester-long program in which all courses are small interdisciplinary seminars. Each DukeImmerse program is comprised of a cluster of courses in which everyone is enrolled; a curriculum based on one central theme and issues related to the professors’ expertise; high faculty-student interaction; classroom learning connected with the real world; and small enrollments.
The Huang Fellows Program trains students to understand science in the context of and in service to society. Through their participation in the program, Fellows learn how to integrate ethics, policy and social implications into their scientific research.
GCB supports undergraduates interested in genome sciences and computational biology for 10-week summer research experiences. Students are placed in GCB labs, pursue independent research projects and can present the results of their work at a poster session.
The Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and the Sanford School of Public Policy invite highly qualified Master of Public Policy applicants who have demonstrated strong interest in health policy or have experience in the health field to apply for the inaugural class of Margolis Scholars, entering the MPP degree program at Sanford in Fall 2017.
An annual two-day event, HackDuke encourages undergraduates and graduate students to use their skills to make a difference in other people’s lives. Four project tracks—inequality, energy and environment, health and wellness, education—provide an avenue for students to collaborate with each other and with community organizations.