• Daytime Duke Courses

    Where do college courses come from? At Duke each undergraduate course is sponsored by an academic department and approved by a committee of the faculty. Some courses are considered to be "general" offerings and typically are taught at least once a year, while other courses are "special topics" focusing upon a specific topic that may be offered only once.

    Duke Gothic buildingWe have selected a broad range of courses, including both "general" courses and "special topics," to be featured in the 2018 offerings for Summer College participants. Although some of the courses have cross-listings - that is, the courses are multi-disciplinary in both content and approach and are sponsored by one or more academic departments - we list each course only once, according to its original sponsoring department. Each listing begins with the full name of the sponsoring academic department and is followed by the designation of the department in all capital letters as it will appear on your class schedule and your Duke transcript.

    To see the full course descriptions as a PDF, follow this link.

    Every course will meet five days a week for two hours and five minutes per class session. The last day of the term may be utilized by your instructor for a final exam, final project, or final paper. Class size is likely to range from 10 to 18 students.

    Please rank your top four course choices on your application form. Be sure to read course descriptions carefully as some may contain mature content. Course content will not be modified for students under the age of 18. While we will make every effort to enroll you in your first choice, in the event a class is unavailable or full, we will enroll you in an alternate course of your choosing.

    Enrollment in the Duke Summer College for High School Students program begins on December 4, 2017, with immediate placement into evening classes. Course placement for daytime Duke undergraduate classes begins February 19, 2018, when pre-registration for Duke Summer Session opens.

    Arts of the Moving Image


    Cultural Anthropology



    Evolutionary Anthropology






    Political Science