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.
In addition, Duke's interpretive social sciences have distinguished themselves internationally with research addressing important global cultural themes related to gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, citizenship/nationality, social exclusion, social inequality, social movements, diaspora, health, religion, artistic expression, among other factors.
Multiple methods are being used to examine the human condition, including linguistic studies, the examination of public and private records of individuals and organizational entities, life histories, direct observation of human interactions, analyses of cultural artifacts and their origins, among other pursuits. See also the Sanford School of Public Policy.
Please explore our departments, centers and affiliated research groups below.