Courses

Summer is an excellent time to get ahead or catch up, take a year of chemistry or physics or a language, take one or more courses that will allow you to study abroad or at the Duke Marine Lab, or make progress towards completing your major, minor, or certificate program.

In addition to regular course offerings, many departments offer independent study and special projects courses. (Please note that only regular Duke degree students may register for independent study and special projects courses.)

Start planning your summer now by reviewing the course listings, accessible through the link on the left. These are currently "projected" courses since our final course listing will not be available until mid-February. Course synopses will begin appearing on Duke Hub as soon as the schedule of courses is uploaded around the same time.

Feel free to contact us at 919-684-5375, or summer@duke.edu, if you have questions.

General Information about Course Levels

  • 0 - 99 – Advanced Placement credit; House Courses; First-Year Seminars, First-Year Writing.
  • 100 - 199 -- Introductory-level undergraduate courses; basic skills / activity courses.
  • 200 - 399 -- Undergraduate courses above introductory level.
  • 400 - 499 -- Advanced undergraduate, senior seminars, capstone courses, honors thesis courses.
  • 500 - 699 -- Graduate courses open to advanced undergraduates.

Maximum Course Load. The maximum course load for Trinity College students for one 6-week term of the summer session is two courses, one of which may be a laboratory science course. Students in Pratt School of Engineering may enroll in two laboratory courses in one 6-week term. In addition, a student may enroll in a physical education activity course for one-half course credit or an applied music course for one-quarter or one-half course credit, not to exceed a total of 2.5 course credits in the 6-week term. A greater load may be possible on rare occasions with the approval of the student's dean or the appropriate director of graduate studies. Visiting students must obtain approval for an overload from the director of the Summer Session. 

The maximum program for one 4-week term of the summer session is one course. In addition, a student may enroll in a physical education activity course or tutorial for one-half course credit or a music lesson for one-quarter course credit.

Concurrent registration in a 4-week course and a 6-week course is not permitted under normal circumstances.

Minimum Enrollment Required. Some courses are offered subject to minimum enrollments. If a course must be canceled because of insufficient enrollment, this decision is made as early as possible in an attempt to avoid undue hardship on students. Students already enrolled in a course to be canceled will be notified immediately. If at all possible, courses are offered as scheduled.