Spring Breakthrough

Registration for the 2020 Spring Breakthrough program will open in October 2019 in Duke Hub during bookbagging.

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Courses for the Curious:  Fee Free. Grade Free. Stress Free.

 

WHAT IS SPRING BREAKTHROUGH?

Four-day seminars taught Monday Mar. 9 - Thu. Mar. 12, 2020 by some of Duke’s most engaging professors. The courses, and all meals and materials, are 100% free. There are no pre-reqs, grades, or credits. The only expectation is that you attend and engage with the group. Participation will be noted on transcripts.

FOR THE LIST OF COURSES:

Check out the  Course Catalog for 2020.

WHO IS IT FOR?

All current Duke undergraduates. 

WHY?

To encourage you to indulge an intellectual interest just for the fun of it. You never know where it might take you. (The idea came from Provost Sally Kornbluth, who as an undergraduate at Williams College, took a three-week, ungraded class outside of her major that changed the course of her career from poli sci to biology.)

WHEN?

2020 Spring Break, Monday, March 9, through Thursday, March 12. Courses generally run from the morning through the early evening. 

WHERE WILL IT TAKE PLACE?

On campus, with possible field trips. Stay in your residence hall!

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

Registration this year opens in November, the same time you are able to register for Spring semester courses. Search for Spring Breakthrough courses in Duke Hub and register for the class of your choice. Courses will be listed as POE 105 (practice oriented experience) and each Spring Breakthrough course will have a different section.

 

Note: If you want to drop your Spring Breakthrough course after drop-add ends on Jan. 22, you will need to send a written request to VPUE@duke.edu, stating your need to do so.
 

QUESTIONS? 

Please contact Sloan Talbot, Nowicki Fellow for Undergraduate Education. (919) 684-9569.