Commuter Courses

Do you live within driving distance of Duke University? Are you a high school student interested in earning college credit? Commuter options are available to local, academically qualified 10th and 11th grade students (2023-2024 school year)! Discover courses from across the arts & sciences and earn college credit alongside Duke undergraduates.

Term 2 classes meet from July 1 - August 8, 2024. Final exams are scheduled for August 9 - 11, 2024.

Course information is occasionally updated. Please continue to monitor the website for any changes. 

An expansive investigation of the history of art, from the Renaissance to the present, including non-Western visual traditions, art historical methods and theories placed in dynamic interdisciplinary dialogues across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, and involving wide perspectives, intersecting ideas, and the capacity to observe works of art in museums, galleries, and installations throughout the world.

Meetings: Monday & Tuesday: 12:30PM – 2:35PM

Building: Smith Warehouse Bay 10 A266


Theoretical approaches to analyzing cultural beliefs and practices cross-culturally; application of specific approaches to case material from present and/or past cultures.

Meetings: Monday - Friday: 11:00AM – 12:15PM

Building: Social Sciences 124

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A study of functions with applications, and an introduction to differential calculus, with a laboratory component. Topics include a review of algebra and functions, mathematical modeling with elementary functions, rates of change, inverse functions, logarithms and exponential functions, the derivative, graphical interpretations of the derivative, optimization, related rates.

Meetings: Monday - Friday: 2:00PM – 4:00PM

Building: Physics 235

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Second semester of introductory calculus with a laboratory component. Emphasis on laboratory projects, group work, and written reports. Methods of integration, applications of integrals, functions defined by integration, improper integrals, introduction to probability and distributions, infinite series, Taylor polynomials, series solutions of differential equations, systems of differential equations, Fourier series.

Meetings: Monday - Friday: 2:00PM – 4:00PM

Building: Physics 205

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Partial differentiation, multiple integrals, and topics in differential and integral vector calculus, including Green's theorem, the divergence theorem, and Stokes's theorem.

Meetings: Monday - Friday: 11:00AM – 12:15PM

Building: Physics 259

Prerequisite: AP humanities course

Historically informed introduction to ethical theories in the Western tradition. Major historical figures (Aristotle, Kant, Mill) are read as well as some contemporary defenders of views inspired by these thinkers. This course is intended to provide a foundation for further study of ethics in philosophy.

Meetings: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 2:00PM – 4:05PM

Building: West Duke 204

Prerequisite: AP humanities course (recommended)

Investigation of the virtues and their significance in morality. Readings drawn from both historical and contemporary sources. Some consideration of select individual virtues, such as courage, kindness, and honesty.

Meetings: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 12:30PM – 2:35PM

Building: West Duke 108A

Prerequisite: AP humanities course (recommended)

The major schools of classical Chinese philosophy: Confucianism, Moism, and Taoism. Confucianism on the ideals of harmonious human life; Moism's charge that Confucianism encourages an unjustified partiality toward the family; Taoism's claim that no logically consistent set of doctrines can articulate the 'Truth.' Debates and mutual influences among these philosophies. Comparisons between Chinese and Western cultures with respect to philosophical issues and solutions.

Meetings: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10:00AM – 12:05PM

Building: Reubin-Cooke Building 128

How often do people really change their minds, and what leads them to? What do we mean when we say something is “socially constructed”? Why are sociologists always saying inequality is “structural”? This course will serve as an introduction to foundational sociological concepts, theory, and methodology, addressing these questions and many more. We will build and exercise the sociological imagination through studying various substantive topics such as gender, race, and class; crime and punishment; and health and immigration. Students will gain knowledge of broad patterns of social importance, improve their ability to critically examine the social world, and develop a better understanding of how their own lives are impacted by larger social forces.

Meetings: Monday - Friday: 9:30AM – 10:45AM

Building: Social Sciences 105