Online Courses

Experience Duke University from anywhere by taking an online course this summer! Join other academically advanced 10th and 11th grade students (2022-2023 school year) and undergraduates from Duke and from around the world. Discover courses from across the arts & sciences and earn college credit.

Term 2 courses meet online from July 3 - August 13, 2023. Final exams are scheduled for August 12 - 13, 2023.

All course meeting times are according to Eastern Time (ET). Please carefully consider whether the meeting time will be feasible for your schedule. Class times are for synchronous (face-to-face) online meetings. Asynchronous classes (those with limited or no face-to-face meetings) are indicated in the course descriptions below.    

Please note: The 2023 course list below may be updated periodically. 


Prerequisite: Advanced Placement Biology

Taught by a faculty member from Duke's medical school and targeted to students interested in entering health professions, although all students with a basic biology background are welcome. Previous students have found this course useful in preparation for the MCAT. The course covers basic concepts and principles underlying the physiologic function of each organ system and their integration to maintain homeostasis.  We use the application of physiologic principles to clinical scenarios to reinforce the content.

Class Meetings TBA

Traditions of documentary work seen through an interdisciplinary perspective, with an emphasis on twentieth-century practice. Introduces students to a range of documentary idioms and voices, including the work of photographers, filmmakers, oral historians, folklorists, musicologists, radio documentarians, and writers. Stresses aesthetic, scholarly, and ethical considerations involved in representing other people and cultures.

Monday: 3:30PM – 6:00PM (ET)

High school seats are limited. Please apply early if this is your top course choice.

Examination of topics and issues in philosophy. 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 12:30PM – 2:35PM (ET)

Prerequisite: High School Human Biology and Chemistry

Reviews physiological adaptations (cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal, nervous, endocrine) that occur with exercise training leading to improved health and performance. Examines practical applications such as workout design, nutrition, fitness testing, and body composition management.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9:30AM – 11:35AM (ET)

Prerequisite: High School Biology (Human Biology preferable)

Examines the neural and psychological correlates of exercise that influence mental and cognitive health. Explores exercise guidelines and theories of exercise behaviors. Topics include exercise and depression, anxiety, stress, self-esteem, body image, circadian rhythms, learning, dementia, and mental states and performance.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 2:00PM – 4:05PM (ET)