Independent Study

Independent study enables a student to pursue individual research and reading in a field of special interest, under the supervision of a member of the faculty. A student can enroll in an independent study in any semester, with the consent of the instructor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the instructor's department. When enrolled in an independent study course, students are expected to pursue specific inquiry through library or archival reading or through fieldwork. A substantive paper is a requirement for all independent study courses, and the paper must be submitted during the semester of enrollment in the course.

Women’s Studies offers specific research independent study course numbers that carry a research (R) designation. We also offer other independent study course numbers that do not count toward research requirements. Independent study courses cannot count toward satisfying any general studies requirement except for the research designation.

The application describes Women's Studies policies regarding Independent Studies in addition to the required application form which must be turned in to Kim Carlisle. Box 90760 prior to the end of registration. Students will be notified via e-mail when their Independent Study is approved and issued a permission number to register.

The Moxie Project

The Moxie Project is a selective one-year experience at Duke University that combines academic, professional and applied learning experiences to foster leadership development undergraduates. Over the year, students will participate in a Course on Women and Leadership, an eight week NYC Summer Internship, and a Fall Capstone Seminar.  The Moxie Project is supported by DukeEngage. More information is available on the Moxie Project website.      

Academic Opportunities

Duke offers a rich array of academic programs especially tailored to undergraduate interests and needs, including mentored research, hands-on community-based learning, and international study.

Undergraduate Research Support Office

identifies grants and assistantships for undergraduate research projects and summer research programs. Summer opportunities for first-, second-, and third-year students are offered through the Howard Hughes Undergraduate Programs, the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, the Pratt School of Engineering, and a variety of departmental programs. Several programs offer travel and research grants, including awards for research abroad.

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