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Duke's Focus Program for first-year students provides clusters of courses designed around an interdisciplinary theme. Topics for study include the cognitive sciences, ethics and global citizenship, genomics, knowledge in the service of society, global health, international politics, contemporary and medieval cultures and social ideals. Focus faculty come from academic departments in Arts & Sciences, Medicine, and Engineering and are leading researchers in their fields.


    • Rebecca Holmes

Rebecca Holmes, Knowledge in Service of Society, Class of 2015

After getting accepted into Duke I was bombarded with information and I quickly skipped over the Focus program as another thing that I didn't need to do. However, during Blue Devil Days my mom sat in on the Focus information session and was completely sold.… Read More...

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    • Abhi Sanka

Abhi Sanka, Genomes in Our Lives, Class of 2016

Before Duke, I was a passionate political junkie. Although strongly motivated by an intense love for the world that was Washington D.C., I also deeply respected medicine and science given their immense impact upon the human condition. Above all else, however, I enjoyed leadership in… Read More...

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    • Sally Liu

Sally Liu, Arts and Contemporary Society Marshall Scholar, Class of 2009

FOCUS broadened my understanding of a completely new area: the arts. As a premed student and biology major, I was more comfortable with cell cultures than with creative writing. Being in FOCUS stretched me and challenged me, providing me with a transformative learning experience thanks… Read More...

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Director of the Focus Program

Edna Andrews: 

321B Languages Building

Campus Box 90259

Phone: (919) 660-3142, (919) 660-3140

Fax: (919) 660-3141

Senior Program Coordinator

Pam Riley:

227 Academic Advising Center

Campus Box 90697

Phone: (919) 684-9371

Fax: (919) 684-4515

Staff Specialist

Abigail Probert:

225 Academic Advising Center

Campus Box 90697

Phone: (919) 684-9370

Fax: (919) 684-4515

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