Majors

At Duke Kunshan University, each major consists of an interdisciplinary set of courses that integrate different forms of knowledge and a distinct set of disciplinary courses that provide expertise in specific areas.

U.S. Studies ( Tracks: History and Literature )
US Studies fosters understanding of the ideas, cultures, art, institutions, aspirations, and realities that have played an important role in the development of American society and public life. The major draws on a broad range of faculty from the humanities and social sciences so that students can examine components of U.S. culture, the diverse experiences of Americans, and others affected by Americans locally, nationally, and globally. The courses offered in the program examine the formation of historical, philosophical, religious, social, artistic and political traditions that shape American political thought, institutions, culture and literature.
U.S Studies/History

Required Courses

Divisional Foundation Courses
  • Foundational Questions in Social Science
  • The Art of Interpretation 1: Written Texts
Interdisciplinary Courses
  • American Ideas and the Idea of America
  • Democratic Institutions in America
  • America in the World
  • The American Romance of Self-Making
  • American Otherness and Otherness in America
  • Junior Seminar: Advanced Topics
  • Senior Seminar: Advanced Topics
Disciplinary Courses
  • Methods of Historical Research
  • American History 1
  • American History 2
  • One course from electives in the thematic area
  • One course outside of the thematic area

Recommended Electives for the Major

Courses listed below are recommended electives for the major. Students can also select other courses in different divisions as electives.

Electives in the American History thematic area:

  • Documenting Durham and the New South
  • America in Asia, Asians in America
  • U.S. Citizenship: History, Meaning and Conflict
  • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • The United States and China in War and Revolution
  • Cold War America
  • Revolutions and Foundings: A Comparative Perspective
  • American Capitalism in the World
  • US/China Relations
  • Religion and Community in America
  • Race and Ethnicity in the United States
  • Immigration and the American Experience

*The above major and course list are pending approval by Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China

 

U.S Studies/Literature

Required Courses

Divisional Foundation Courses
  • Foundational Questions in Social Science
  • The Art of Interpretation 1: Written Texts
Interdisciplinary Courses
  • American Ideas and the Idea of America
  • Democratic Institutions in America
  • America in the World
  • The American Romance of Self-Making
  • American Otherness and Otherness in America
  • Junior Seminar: Advanced Topics
  • Senior Seminar: Advanced Topics
Disciplinary Courses
  • The Epic of America
  • American Lyric Across Borders
  • American Icons
  • Topic 1: choose from a set of list
  • Topic 2: choose from a set of list

Recommended Electives for the Major

Courses listed below are recommended electives for the major. Students can also select other courses in different divisions as electives.

  • Asian-American Arts and Letters
  • African American Literature and Culture
  • The Western Across Boundaries
  • American Musicals
  • Early Literatures from Colonization to Revolution
  • The American Renaissance and Its Rivals
  • The Realist Moment
  • America’s Novel Modernity
  • The Literary Arts of the Cold War
  • The Center Stage of Ethnic and Women’s Writing
  • The U.S. and the Contemporary Global Imagination

*The above major and course list are pending approval by Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China