A Duke education prepares students to use, adapt and integrate knowledge, and to find their place in our rapidly changing world. Our students learn to communicate persuasively, bring meaning to information, discern competing claims, and develop capacity for reasoning, analysis, and empathy. Students participate in academic pursuits grounded on the values of freedom of expression, respect for diversity, and the force of reason. We view education as a partnership between students and our faculty and academic advisors, and we believe in the transformational possibilities of a Duke Education.
Academics & Advising
Arts (Humanities Division)
Duke is a rich place to study, practice and perform art, creative writing, dance, media and visual arts, music and theater. Our programs are defined by the university’s culture of cross-disciplinary research and education. As a result, the whole of Duke serves as a resource for the arts, informing and deepening student and faculty exploration of artistic expression and tradition.
The humanities disciplines use historical, philosophical, and artistic approaches to study the human condition. We study the different understandings and the existing records of the human experience across time and distance. Humanistic knowledge has a crucial part to play in the education of the individual and the betterment of society. The humanities broaden and deepen human awareness, give training in language, art, and rhetoric, build the core competencies of citizenship, and are even more important in a world where work and play have become globally connected.
Duke scientists are developing medicines to cure diseases, and working to understand not only how our brain functions but how humans came to be who we are. We are designing new materials, exploring the secrets inside atoms, and probing the mysteries of gene expression and the geometry of proteins. We are leading computational advances such as developing new methods of inference and ways of modeling how individuals make decisions.
Our social science disciplines apply both quantitative scientific and interpretive humanistic methodologies to study diverse patterns of human behavior, social structures and cultural and social change. Highly-ranked departments in the Social Sciences Division of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, such as economics, history, political science, sociology, cultural anthropology, African and African American studies and women’s studies, produce research and scholarship that advance their respective fields and the university's goal of knowledge in service of society.
Leadership & Administration
The leadership of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences includes scholar-administrators and professional staff who are responsible for the oversight, structure and support of the college's undergraduate and graduate programs; faculty and staff recruitment and retention, faculty scholarship, research and innovation; and technological growth.
At 67,000 strong and growing, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences alumni make up the single largest and most academically diverse alumni group among Duke's 130,000 active university alumni. Our alumni have distinguished themselves in every field imaginable, and span the globe in an ever expanding network.