Interdisciplinary Curriculum

Writing 101 – Academic Writing: The Ecology of Disease

Spring 2017 semester

10 hrs./week * 15 weeks = 150 hrs.

Instructor: Dr. Miranda Welsh

Description: The goal of this class was to provide a knowledge of how to write in an academic context, with a content focus on the ecology of disease. Through a range of media including academic journal articles, books, and opinion essays, the class was led to write a 10 page thesis involving disease ecology. My topic was “Post Transplant Malignancy: A Route Through Oncogenic Viruses”, which discussed ways that organ transplants could lead to cancer.

Relation to GC Focus: Much of the same terminology applied to a spreading disease can be similarly applied to that of a computer virus, or any other computer malware for that matter. Disease ecology gives unique biological insights into the overlying behavior of computer malware. Also, the ability to communicate effectively through writing is indispensable to any career- including one that strives to secure cyberspace.

Arabic Language Minor:

Description: An endeavor into learning and understanding the culture of the Middle East through the mother tongue of the region, spanning 7 of 8 semesters of my time as an undergraduate at Duke University. The main emphasis is in becoming proficient in reading, writing, and speaking Arabic, but all of these skills are applied to learning about contemporary Middle Eastern culture.

Relation to GC Focus: The Middle East is well known as a hotbed for conflict in today’s world affairs, and the language of the Middle East is Arabic. Knowledge of the Arabic language allows me to apply my understanding of cybersecurity to an area of the world in which cybersecurity expertise is vital to the dual purpose of processing and protecting information.

Total Estimated Hours: At least 1200 hours

Beginning Arabic: Arabic 101 – Fall 2016 Semester

Instructor: Amal Boumaaza

10 hrs./week * 15 weeks = 150 hrs.

Beginning Arabic: Arabic 102 – Spring 2017 Semester

Instructor: Dr. Mbaye Lo

12 hrs./week * 15 weeks = 180 hrs.

Intermediate Arabic: Arabic 203 – Fall 2017 Semester

Instructor: Amal Boumaaza

12 hrs./week * 15 weeks = 180 hrs.

Intermediate Arabic: Arabic 204 – Spring 2018 Semester

Instructor: Saad El-Hadi

12 hrs./week * 15 weeks = 180 hrs.

Advanced Arabic: Arabic 305 – Fall 2018 Semester

Instructor: Maha Houssami

15 hrs./week * 15 weeks = 225 hrs.

Advanced Arabic: Arabic 306 – Spring 2019 Semester

Instructor: Amal Boumaaza

15 hrs./week * 15 weeks = 225 hrs.

Arabic Elective – Spring 2020 Semester

Course: Arab Society and Culture in Film

Instructor: Mbaye Lo

10 hrs./week * 15 weeks = 150 hrs.

This class examined societal and cultural dynamics in the Middle East through films. It certainly lent a very interesting perspective to the Arabic minor!

Linguistics 201 – Introduction to Linguistics

Spring 2019 Semester

Instructor: Dr. Gail Clements

Description: (from DukeHub website)

“Introduction to the scientific study of linguistics and languages. Topics include the origin and nature of language, methods of historical and comparative linguistics, theories and schools of linguistics, empirical and descriptive approaches to the study of language, including phonology, morphology, semantics, and syntax. ”

Relation to GC Focus: In my mind, linguistics has a dual connection with the challenge of securing cyberspace. As the study of human communication via language, this has applications to the design and implementation of languages used to program computers as well. Understanding these computer languages very deeply gives insight into how the very structure of the languages being used to carry out both offensive and defensive hacking supports the incentives of those who protect and threaten cyberspace. The second connection is through giving a historical framework for communicating via a language, critical for cooperating with others to coordinate the securing of cyberspace.