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Duke Undergraduate Admissions

Arts and Humanities Open House

2017 Schedule of Events

Event Registration & Continental Breakfast
Schaefer Mall, Bryan Center, West Campus

Welcome Address & “The Duke Arts & Humanities Experience”
Welcome address by Dean of the Humanities Gennifer Weisenfeld followed by students showcasing their involvement in Duke's acclaimed arts and humanities programs
Goodson Chapel, Divinity School, West Campus

Sample Classes
• 10:00 AM-10:50 AM: Session 1
• 11:00 AM-11:50 AM: Session 2
Academic Quad, West Campus

FLUNCH & Duke "EDGE" Panel
• "FLUNCH"= Faculty+Lunch: Everyone is welcome to join current students and faculty members for lunch.
• ​ Learn how Duke humanities students get an "EDGE": Experience, Direction, Growth, and Empathy 

Guided Tours of West Campus
Enjoy a student-led tour of Duke’s Gothic West Campus. 

Admissions & Financial Support Sessions
Learn about the admissions and financial support processes at Duke. 
Parents/Families: Griffith Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus
Students: Rubenstein 153, Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room, West Campus

Enhancing Your Visit

If you're staying in the area before or after the program, here are some additional opportunities to explore undergraduate life at Duke, both on campus and in Durham.

Nasher Museum of Art 
Duke Performances
Duke Events Calendar
City of Durham Events Calendar
Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Preview the schedule of events


Duke is an engaging place to study and practice the arts and the humanities.  The arts tie history, theory, and practice together and are one part of a broad spectrum of humanities disciplines at Duke. They include but are not limited to creative writing, dance, media and visual arts, music, and theater. The whole of the university serves as a resource for its artists, informing and deepening student and faculty exploration of artistic expression and tradition.

The humanities use historical, philosophical, and artistic approaches to study the human condition. They broaden and deepen human awareness and give training in language, art, and rhetoric. Crucial in a hyperconnected world, the humanities build the core competencies of citizenship.



Q: How do I register for the Arts & Humanities Open House?
A: Registration is now closed.

Q: What if I’m not sure if I want to study art or the humanities?
A: The Arts & Humanities Open House hopes to demystify arts and humanities fields of study while giving you a preview of what is uniquely possible at Duke at the undergraduate level. Extracurricular and research opportunities, in addition to academic offerings, will be presented and discussed throughout the day.

Q: What if I am not interested in arts and humanities but still want to visit Duke?
A: Duke will also host the Pratt Engineering Open House on Saturday, September 23. For more information on that event, please visit the Engineering Open House page. If you are not interested in engineering, arts, or humanities, we encourage you to plan your own visit anytime.

Q: What if I am unable to attend the Arts & Humanities Open House?
A: If you are unable to attend the Arts & Humanities Open House, you are welcome to visit the campus at any time. Consult our website for information session times, tour schedules and class visit availability for the days you are able to visit. 

Q: What hotels do you recommend?
A: We are making arrangements at nearby hotels for special rates for guests of the Open House program. You may find a list of participating hotels here

Q: Where should we park on campus?
A: Please park in the Bryan Center Garage IV located on West Campus behind Duke Chapel and accessed from Science Drive. For GPS, use 125 Science Drive, Durham, NC. Many of the recommended hotels also offer complimentary shuttles that will transport you to campus. Parking is $5 for the day (cash only) for program participants.

Duke University encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you need special accommodations, such as a sign-language interpreter or a wheelchair, or have any questions about physical access provided, please contact Elysia Pan at 919-684-0185 in advance of your visit. For more information, please visit the Disability Management System.


This event is supported by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts.​ The Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts works to realize Duke's strategic plan initiatives in the arts. These include developing and strengthening the arts at Duke; integrating them more fully into the academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular life of the university; and promoting greater collaboration among arts organizations at Duke as well as with arts organizations in the community.