A Signature Education Initiative of Duke University

For Faculty

Each DukeImmerse Theme Consists of:

  • A cluster of four seminars focused around a central theme (offered spring or fall)
  • An integrated curriculum reflecting the professors’ research and expertise
  • Two or more faculty members, within and across disciplines
  • Frequent and meaningful faculty-student interaction
  • Classroom learning connected with hands-on experience in the context of faculty research interests
  • Small enrollments that do not exceed 18 students
  • Some supplemental funding to support student research, fieldwork, experiential learning 

Propose a New DukeImmerse​

All Duke faculty are invited to submit proposals for new DukeImmerse offerings. Proposals scheduled for Spring 2020 should be submitted by March 1, 2019. Successful proposals are clearly articulated and build on the faculty team's expertise; these may include proposals that are fully disciplinary or interdisciplinary, incorporate Service-Learning or complement an existing Bass Connections or DukeEngage.

Proposals that diversify existing DukeImmerse opportunities and reflect the expertise of Duke faculty receive priority.

To propose a new DukeImmerse opportunity, send a Letter of Interest to Program Director Morgan Barlow (morgan.barlow@duke.edu). Include in the letter a brief description of:

  • Overall concept and theme
  • Who will be involved (instructors, staff)
  • The four courses, title and brief description (may include new and existing courses)
  • Target student audience (from which majors, minors, and certificate programs)
  • Field-based experience or travel, if applicable
  • Collaboration with community partner(s), if applicable

DukeImmerse is a semester-long program for undergraduates conceived of by Duke faculty.  It resembles the first-year Focus program, except in DukeImmerse, students take all courses together, not just a subset. Individual themes are research-intensive and may include off-campus experiences to enhance the curriculum. Themes involving travel are expected to follow related university policies and meet with the DukeImmerse Director to develop a risk management plan prior to the program offering.


Contact DukeImmerse Director Morgan Barlow (morgan.barlow@duke.edu) in the Office of Undergraduate Education.