Courses

Courses

You will find several tools for exploring Duke's many courses on this page. More than just a pathway for fulfilling graduation requirements, courses allow students to explore new ideas, themselves and the world. We encourage students to think not only about preparing for future job, but also about preparing for a lifetime of learning and global citizenship. Links to access registration, course catalogs, and other resources are provided below.

Archives Alive

Archives Alive courses enable students to develop innovative and significant projects based on original materials held in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library. These courses are open to first-year and upper-class students and range from the arts and humanities to the socials sciences. Scholar-teachers guide students’ explorations, providing first-hand exposure to advanced research practices and immersive learning that goes beyond traditional coursework. Students produce signature products that demonstrate their capabilities for in-depth investigation, team collaboration and communicating the significance of their work to others.

Cultures & Languages Across the Curriculum

The Cultures & Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) program offers half credit courses that focus on current issues in global health, public policy and the environment. CLAC courses are taught in a foreign language and allow you to put your skills to use in a real world context. If you have finished your language requirement and want to extend your fluency, these courses will help build your conversation skills. If you are preparing for or returing from service learning abroad, they offer a great way to process your experience. CLAC will prepare you for an international career using your foreign language skills.

Culture Shock Tool

The Culture Shock website helps students explore course options for studying cultures from around the world, using an interactive map to browse by country of interest. Drop-down menus allow students to filter courses that focus on arts, literature or any of six religions. The listed courses are taught in English and can help students prepare for Duke's global education and other cultural immersion programs, build on immersion experiences after returning to Durham and pursue interests relating to family heritage or career plans.

House Courses

House Courses are half-credit, satisfactory/unsatisfactory courses open to all undergraduates that provide an intellectual experience distinct from regular departmental offerings and often respond directly to students' expressed interests and concerns. They enhance intellectual life in the residence halls where they are taught. House Courses may be led by current Duke undergraduates under faculty supervision or by a faculty member from another Duke academic program or school.

Summer Session

Summer Session Courses

Students can take advantage of the relaxed summer atmosphere to explore the vibrant academics offered by our premier research university. Options include a traditional 6-week term to focus upon one or two classes or a single course in a 4-week intensive term. Summer sessions can help students get prerequisite courses out of the way, retake courses to earn a higher grade, or help a students graduate early or prepare for a study abroad experience.

Online Resources

Resource
Description
DukeHub Students register for classes through DukeHub. DukeHub is the student self-service application providing students with academic, financial and personal data. Read an overview of DukeHub on the Registrar's website, including an explanation of bookbagging, holds & blocks, enrollment and late registration.
Undergraduate Bulletin The Undergraduate Bulletin is a static listing of all the courses being offered during an academic year. The Bulletin differs from the Course Catalog, which is a comprehensive volume of all approved courses, not necessarily those offered in any given term.
Sakai Sakai is a flexible, open-source collaboration and learning environment that Duke faculty and instructors use to provide students with course information and learning activities.

Academic Calendar

An Academic Calendar is published for every academic year, and defines course registration periods, drop/add and course withdrawal deadlines, etc.