A MAJOR IS AN EXTENDED STUDY OF ONE ACADEMIC AREA. AT DUKE KUNSHAN UNIVERSITY, MAJORS ARE ORGANIZED BY AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE INCLUDING NATURAL SCIENCES, SOCIAL SCIENCES, AND ARTS AND HUMANITIES.
Undergraduate students will declare their majors before the end of their second year. Duke Kunshan initially offers 8 majors approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education, and more majors are under development, including humanities majors that integrate history, philosophy, literature, and the arts, as well as social science majors integrating economics, sociology, anthropology, and psychology. By the time the inaugural class of students declare their majors in 2020, there will be close to 20 majors.
The first round of approved majors include:
Many of tomorrow’s innovations in fields such as fast computing, renewable energy generation, batteries, and transportation will rely on the unique and novel properties of materials. The development of such materials requires integrated knowledge in physics, chemistry, and biology, along with advanced mathematics and computation. Material Science/Physics introduces students to atomic structure, macroscopic elastic and thermodynamic properties, electric and magnetic properties, and fabrication methods and applications.
This major prepares graduates for advanced study in material science, physics, computer science, and math and for careers in fields such as nanotechnology, electronics, biomedical sciences, and automotive and aerospace industries.
Divisional Foundation courses:
Interdisciplinary Studies courses:
Disciplinary Studies courses:
Globalization and the profound structural changes occurring in international affairs make it imperative that we train a new generation of scholars and leaders who can navigate an increasingly complex world. This major examines politics, markets, and societies using a variety of analytic tools to assess how international and domestic political factors interact with economic factors to determine outcomes in a wide variety of areas, including globalization, international trade and finance, regulation, development, taxes, institutional design, the environment and income distribution.
Graduates are prepared to understand and shape political and economic policy, to play leadership roles in the public and private sector at home and abroad, and to study at the world’s leading schools of politics, economics and international affairs.
The Environmental Science/Chemistry major uniquely combines the natural and social sciences relevant to understanding the biosphere and its interaction with human society. In order to more deeply appreciate and explore how humans interact with – and have an impact on – their environment, students take courses that lay the scientific foundations for the physical world. They combine that education with coursework about the social, political, legal, and economic factors that both encourage and hinder environmental cooperation and competition around the world. The Chemistry track in Environmental Science is designed for students who are interested in a scientific perspective on environmental issues and who seek core training in the study of the structure, properties, and reactions of chemical elements and the compounds they form.
Graduates will be prepared for careers with organizations including environmental protection agencies, research institutes, private companies, and consulting firms. Graduates will also be well positioned for graduate studies in environmental science, chemistry, public policy.
China and many other countries in the world face environmental challenges including heavy air pollution, decreasing water quality, desertification, loss of natural areas and biodiversity, and social and environmental problems. Addressing these challenges requires interdisciplinary training to develop an understanding of the complex interactions between our environment and human society. The Public Policy track in Environmental Science provides specific additional training in broad policy skills and methods.
Graduates can enter professions in environment, policy, and renewable energy with employers including non-governmental organizations, government agencies, consulting companies, research institutions, and universities. Some will also choose to pursue graduate study.
This major examines the meanings of “China” as a nation-state, a region, and as a culture in the global setting, and provides students with the skills needed to purposefully navigate the changing landscape of academics, business, government, policy, and the arts. It prepares students for a world in which China is at the center of shaping the 21st century. It positions international students for lifelong engagement with China’s politics, economy, and society, while preparing Chinese students to encounter the wider world with a firm understanding of their own roots, their unique history and institutions, and the ability to see their own country as others see it.
This major prepares students for careers in business, public service, media, and culture as well as for further study to pursue careers in academia, law and other professions, with a foundational knowledge of China’s global role.
The Global Health/Public Policy major introduces students to an area of study that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. From the natural sciences, students study the physical components of global health, such as biological bases of disease and the underlying factors in the physical world that incubate and spread disease. From the social sciences, classes focus on the social, political, economic and cultural elements that shape health, such as the study of cultural practices around sickness and healing, and the political factors that may influence international response to epidemics. The Public Policy track in Global Health provides specific additional training in broad policy skills and methods.
This major prepares graduates to pursue positions with global health organizations including non-governmental organizations, government agencies, consulting companies, research institutions, and universities. Graduates may also elect to pursue graduate study in global health and public policy.
The Global Health/Biology major introduces students to global health as an area of study that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. The major combines elements of natural science and social science. From the natural sciences, studies include the physical components of global health, such as biological bases of disease and the underlying factors in the physical world that incubate and spread disease. From the social sciences, classes provide an understanding of the social, political, economic and cultural elements that shape health, such as the study of cultural practices around sickness and healing, and the political factors that may influence international response to epidemics. The Biology track in Global Health provides specific additional training and expertise in the biological sciences.
Graduates can enter global health professions at the national or international levels such as non-governmental organizations, government agencies, biotechnology companies, consulting companies, and research institutions, and can pursue graduate study in global health, public policy, biology, public health, law, and policy.
The study of applied mathematics and computational sciences deals with the use of mathematical concepts and computational techniques in various fields of science and engineering. It has become an indispensable component of almost every discipline of science, engineering, industry, and technology.
Graduates will be prepared to begin careers in research and development, teaching, finance, technology and management, or to pursue graduate study in the United States, China or internationally.