MAJORS | Duke Kunshan University

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.

Requirements for All Majors

All students regardless of their choice of major will be required to take the following courses. Other specific major requirements are listed under each major.

Common Core (12 Credits)

Course Code Course Name Course Credit
GCHINA 101 China in the World 4
GLOCHALL 201 Global Challenges in Science, Technology, and Health 4
ETHLDR 201 Ethics, Citizenship & the Examined Life 4

Distributional Requirement and Quantitative Reasoning Course Requirement (16 Credits)

Please see details in Part 3: The Curriculum.

Requirements Course Credit
Arts and Humanities Distributional Requirement 4
Social Sciences Distributional Requirement 4
Natural and Applied Sciences Distributional Requirement 4
Quantitative Reasoning Course Requirement 4

Language Courses (8-16 Credits)

Students in the English for academic purposes (EAP) track are required to take eight credits of EAP courses - EAP 101A to EAP 102B; they can also take 200+ level EAP elective courses or WOC courses to further develop their academic English skills.

Students in the Chinese as Second Language (CSL) track need to take 8-16 credits of CHINESE courses appropriate to their Chinese skill level. 

Students in the Third Language track can satisfy their foreign language requirement by taking 8 credits of written and oral communication (WOC) courses or Third Language (TLANG) independent study courses through the Language Learning Studio.

Two Signature Work Capstone Courses (8 credits)

Course Code Course Name Course Credit
CAPSTONE 495 Signature Work Capstone I 4
CAPSTONE 496 Signature Work Capstone II 4

Required Experiential Learning

1 Non-credit Mini-Term Course (Not required for the Class of 2022)
1 Signature Experiential Activity: Research, Internships, Community-Based Field Work, Civic Engagement

Undergraduate students will declare their majors in their second year. Duke Kunshan currently offers 15 majors approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education, and more majors are under development. Some of the MOE approved majors have multiple tracks.

China in the World

China in the World focuses on the historical and contemporary commercial, intellectual, and scientific exchanges between China and multiple locations around the world. The course invites students to think about the engagement of China in the world and the world in China from an interdisciplinary perspective. We investigate how contemporary China has been shaped by key historical events and processes including science, trade and war. Finally, we consider together how these histories will influence China’s future engagement with the wider world.

Global Challenges in Science, Technology, and Health

As the second common core course for DKU students, this course is designed to engage students in an exploration of global challenges in science, technology, and health. Students will attend to the general features of global challenges and the aspects of human nature and society that render these challenges so problematic. While students will investigate in common a number of discrete challenges, they will also work collaboratively in teams to investigate a global challenge, communicate effectively about it to a wide audience, and propose interventions. The course is animated by DKU’s mission to prepare students to work collaboratively and wisely to confront global challenges with imagination and rigor.

Ethics, Citizenship and the Examined Life

Ethics, Citizenship and the Examined Life explores several related themes. It attends to traditional Asian and Western ideals and contemporary analyses of moral self-cultivation, personal achievement and meaning; to obligations beyond the self – to family, community, religion, party, nation, and humanity – and whether it is possible to reconcile the criteria for “doing the right thing” across cultures and ages; and to the ways in which Asian and Western philosophical and political traditions have addressed the relationship between a meritocratic elite and democratic forms of government.