Study Abroad

The Department of Sociology encourages students to take advantage of study abroad opportunities while at Duke. Several of these Duke programs are offered through the Global Education Office for Undergraduates, as well as DukeEngage.

Some courses taken through study abroad may count toward the requirements of the major, with approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Study away courses may also fulfill Trinity foreign language requirements for graduation. (Please consult with the DUS for specific details and courses.)

Listed below you will find some of the study abroad options currently available that may be of interest to Sociology majors. For more details about each program, including dates and registration information, please visit the Global Education Office and DukeEngage.

Global Education

Duke in St. Petersburg

Fall and Spring semesters; Summer as well

The program offers an excellent opportunity to study the rich Russian culture, civilization, and language of Tolstoy, Chekhov, Dostoyevsky, and Pushkin. The academic program consists of four intensive courses in Russian language, culture, history, and media taught by Russian faculty from St. Petersburg State University, one of Russia’s oldest and preeminent universities. Students in a wide range of disciplines and majors (history, political science, sociology, religion, for example), as well as Russian majors, will find this program especially interesting and useful.

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Duke in Ghana

Summer 2018

The program is based at the University of Ghana at Legon, just outside the capital city, Accra. Courses are taught by the program director and Ghanaian faculty and focus on Ghanaian politics, history, social life, dance, music and art. Field trips complement course work. Students travel as a group through various parts of the country, crossing from rainforest to dry savannah, visiting cities, coastal fishing towns, and rural farming villages. Students also tour and learn about the former slave forts at Cape Coast and Elmina, and museums and craft villages in and around Kumasi, capital of the former Ashanti Empire.

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DukeEngage in San Francisco, Calif.

June 1 - July 30

During students’ two months in San Francisco, they will work in NGO/nonprofits focused on providing services (e.g., nutrition, temporary shelter, employment skills training, and health information) for homeless youth and other youth at risk.

Program Leaders: Rebecca Bach, Associate Professor of the Practice of Sociology; Janie Long, Ph.D., Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

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