Academics & Advising

Trinity College of Arts & Sciences awards nearly 80 percent of undergraduate degrees at Duke, and nearly 40 percent of all graduate degrees in disciplines across the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. We offer bachelor of arts and bachelor science programs; master of arts, master of fine arts and master of science programs; doctoral programs; and specialized certificate programs for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Summer Session provides academic opportunities for Duke students, visiting college students from other universities, high school students, and international students. The Continuing Studies program offers youth programs (spanning arts to science to college prep), an extensive suite of professional certificates, two management training programs, lifelong learning courses and events, and online courses.

Echoes of 9/11 in Popular Music

Arts & Humanities

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.

We also have deep connections with regional and national professional arts organizations that give students real-world exposure to the diverse practitioners, business practices and community that makes up the thriving world of the arts. Duke's arts departments and programs are a thriving part of the university's humanities and liberal arts culture.

The Impact of 9/11 on the Nuclear Physics Community

Natural Sciences

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.

Faculty across the Natural Sciences Division of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences are richly interdisciplinary and many members hold appointments in more than one department of the college, and in theSchool of Medicine and Pratt School of Engineering.

Examining the Impact 9/11 had on Teaching about Terrorism

Social Sciences

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.

Duke Department of Political Science 2016 Graduation Ceremony

Alumni & Friends

74,000 strong and growing

Trinity College of Arts & Sciences alumni make up the single largest and most academically diverse alumni group among Duke's 160,000 active university alumni. Our alumni have distinguished themselves in every field imaginable, and span the globe in an ever expanding network.

From the Dean

One of the “Duke differences” is our ability to provide undergraduates with a wealth of opportunities to engage with faculty in mentored research. In addition to a vibrant and well-rounded curriculum, Duke students can work with a collaborative and committed faculty to advance knowledge in a wide variety of fields.

Diversity is at the core of a liberal arts education—and at the very core of our institutional values. read more »

Memos to Students

Students can see the most recent and an archive of Dean Ashby's communications in the Dear Students... section of this site.

For Faculty and Staff

Support offices, policies and procedures, and internal school communications – including Memos from the Dean – are on the Trinity Administration website.