Ways to Connect DukeEngage to Your Academic Pathway

It is our hope that students will connect their DukeEngage experience to their academic interests by choosing a program or project that allows them to put academic knowledge into practice, learn more about a particular population or region of the world, or further their study of a foreign language. Some programs have courses or skills prerequisites that significantly enhance a student’s preparation, and serve to closely link the program to academic life at Duke.

We are proud of the fact that almost all DukeEngage programs and projects benefit from the leadership of Duke faculty members. These faculty leaders are well positioned to recommend courses that students might take following their DukeEngage experience, to further their learning. Many DukeEngage experiences have also led to independent studies and honors theses or have been used to fulfill experiential certificate requirements.

In recent years, more and more students have begun utilizing DukeEngage to fulfill a curricular requirement. Below are the majors, minors, and certificates in which we believe DukeEngage is most commonly utilized. Students: if you have connected your DukeEngage experience to an academic program not listed here, we would love to hear about it!

Public Policy. All Duke students majoring in Public Policy must apply their skills in a real world context by completing an internship. DukeEngage experiences can fulfill this internship requirement if there is clear public policy content in the student’s placement, and if the placement is project-oriented, rather than direct service oriented. Students applying to DukeEngage group programs should discuss with the DukeEngage program director whether this type of placement is possible, early in the application process. Both group program and independent project students should consult with Sanford Career Services staff to ascertain whether their anticipated DukeEngage placement will meet the requirement.

Click here for a list of DukeEngage programs meeting the Public Policy internship criteria in 2017.

Global Health. Students majoring in Global Health must complete an eight-week, full time experiential learning activity that addresses a global health question, context or challenge. The DGHI Education Team can share information on DukeEngage programs and projects that have fulfilled this requirement in the past, and advise on the likelihood that a given project will be approved.

Environmental Sciences. Students completing a B.A. or a B.S. in Environmental Sciences/Policy are required to complete a Field Experience or Internship. Students should contact the Nicholas School Undergraduate Program Office to discuss whether their DukeEngage experience might meet this requirement.

Civic Engagement. Students earning an undergraduate certificate in Civic Engagement and Social Change are required to complete two experiential learning activities working with organizations that promote civic involvement, civic responsibility, and social change. Projects should respond to needs identified by a community partner organization, and embody principles of collaboration, cooperation, and reciprocity

Ethics. Students completing the experiential version of the Ethics certificate must complete a non-credit community-based field experience exceeding 300 hours, as a part of crafting their own coherent pathway focused on one of the five program areas. Interested students should contact the Kenan Institute of Ethics for more information. 

Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Students earning an undergraduate certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship are required to complete two immersive co-curricular experiences exposing them to innovation or entrepreneurship, in order to gain real-world knowledge and hands-on learning. DukeEngage projects can often be connected to concepts of social entrepreneurship, as DukeEngage students are often involved in generating, implementing, or learning about innovative solutions to social problems.

Sustainability. Students completing the undergraduate certificate in Sustainability Engagement must complete two different experiential learning activities that are thematically related to the pathway the student has laid out. Each experience must integrate at least two of three primary dimensions of sustainability (society, economics, and environment). The experiences must be undertaken in response to needs identified by community partners and must embody principles of collaboration, cooperation, and reciprocity.

Global Development Engineering. Students completing the Global Development Engineering certificate must complete an experiential component in which they design and implement a solution to an identified need. The component is typically a month-long experience within the United States or internationally, where the student teams with a community partner to identify, design and implement their idea.

The possibilities for connecting your DukeEngage experience to your academic life are many and varied – and up to you!

Work with a Global/Civic DAE to Make a Plan

Opportunities for global and civic engagement at Duke—whether through formal programs, such as DukeEngage, Global Education (aka study abroad) and Bass Connections, through the curriculum, through service or through student organizations—are numerous and varied.

Directors of Academic Engagement (DAEs) enhance the role of academic advisors by serving as specialists in civic and global engagement. A DAE will guide you as you explore the options before you and plan for participation in your chosen activities. Global/civic DAEs work with you—whether you’re a Trinity or Pratt student—to explore opportunities in global experiences, civic engagement and interdisciplinary research.

Learn more.

Bass Connections & DukeEngage

More and more students are linking the work they do with DukeEngage to a later Bass Connections project — or the other way around — linking their Bass Connections work to a DukeEngage program or project. 

Learn more about Bass Connections. 

Cultures & Languages Across the Curriculum

The Cultures & Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) program offers half credit courses that focus on current issues in global health, public policy and the environment. CLAC courses are taught in a foreign language and allow you to put your skills to use in a real world context.

Learn more: http://trinity.duke.edu/clac