Undergraduate Curriculum

Disciplinary Studies

Disciplinary Studies (16 to 20 credits depending on division): Students will also develop a disciplinary study, which often will map to the tools and methods of a traditional discipline and further enable students to be competitive for graduate school or other advanced work.  See Figure 3 below.

Figure 3: Sample Disciplinary Studies

Sample Natural and Applied Sciences Disciplinary Specializations

Physics: Sample Courses

  • Thermal and Statistical Physics
  • Solid State and Soft Matter Physics
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Quantum Mechanics

Biology: Sample Courses

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Evolution of Infectious Diseases
  • Ecology of Human Health
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Sample Social Science Disciplinary Specializations

Political Science: Sample Courses

  • Conceptions of Democracy and Meritocracy
  • Policy Making Processes
  • Program Evaluation
  • Public Opinion
  • Modern Chinese Politics

Cultural Anthropology: Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Field Methods
  • Culture and Politics of Africa, Cuba, and Brazil
  • Capitalism
  • Visualizing China: Working with the Duke Digital Archive

Sample Humanities and Arts Disciplinary Specializations

Literature: Sample Courses

  • Imperial Literature: Anglophone, Francophone, Sinophone and Japanophone
  • Online Novels and the Chinese Public Sphere
  • Literary Theory Writ Large
  • Queer Theory in Literature
  • Popular Culture from East Asia: From Cool Japan to the Korean Wave:

Philosophy: Sample Courses

  • Chinese/Mediterranean Philosophy
  • History of Modern Philosophy
  • Theory of Knowledge
  • Logic
  • Philosophy of Mind