Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs is responsible for the undergraduate curriculum and educational experience of our undergraduate students. Our innovative course of study is structured so students can pursue learning in and out of the classroom, laboratory, and studio. Global education, service learning, and research opportunities complement classroom instruction to infuse students with the excitement of discovery and the ability to use knowledge in the service of society. Our goal is to create distinctive interdisciplinary opportunities for our students to approach real-world problems from different fields of inquiry.

Philosophy

Duke students are empowered to learn, expected to change, and encouraged to lead. A Duke education is based on the understanding that students grow intellectually and personally through successive learning experiences that are transformative.

Trinity College of Arts & Sciences is Duke’s liberal arts college. Steeped in academic tradition and infused with a sense of dynamic engagement, the college embraces the enduring philosophy of teaching and learning that provides students with a broad base of knowledge and a strong sense of values and ethics. The college enhances the liberal arts tradition with robust opportunities to participate in independent research as well as civic and global engagement. 

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.

Our innovative course of study is structured so students can pursue learning in and out of the classroom, laboratory, and studio. Global education, service learning, and research opportunities complement classroom instruction to infuse students with the excitement of discovery and the ability to use knowledge in the service of society.    

Our 646 faculty members teach in 36 departments and programs. The schools of environment, engineering, and public policy also offer undergraduate instruction, and many professors teach and collaborate across traditional disciplinary boundaries. This creates distinctive interdisciplinary opportunities for our students to approach real-world problems from different fields of inquiry. Duke undergraduate students learn without limits.