Blue Devil Connections

Session I: June 14 – June 25, 2021

Blue Devil Connections represent some of the most socially and scientifically relevant topics and conversations taking place in universities today. These intensive courses provide you with an intellectual community of peers during two, fast-paced weeks. While accelerated in pace, Blue Devil Connections allow you to dive into a topic of interest typically not available in a traditional high school curriculum. This year Duke Pre-College courses will incorporate the theme of “resilience in evolving times.” Learn how academic communities at Duke and beyond embrace resilience through innovative ideas, research, and practice.

Blue Devil Connections were inspired by Duke’s House Courses, student-developed and student-led courses that serve as a bridge between academic and residential life at Duke. Blue Devil Connections similarly aim to inspire you to be a leader, problem-solver, and creative voice for your peers. When you launch into a Blue Devil Connections course, you connect with the thrilling intellectual life at Duke!

Student repairing a device

How can someone live with a metal pacemaker in their heart for up to 15 years? Do you ever wonder what signals your brain emits when you sleep? How... read more about Applied Engineering Design in Medical Devices »

Students smiling in class

Citizenship is going global! Our collective sense of our rights, responsibilities, priorities, and even our very identities are no longer solely... read more about Global Citizenship and Ethics »

Medical students staging a procedure

Are you interested in learning about the variety of healthcare professionals and how their roles supplement and complement each other to achieve... read more about Healthcare Professions and Modern Medicine »

Masked students working on a technical project

Have you ever dreamed about space or traveling to another planet? Have you thought about what it might be like to live on Mars? This may sound like a... read more about Mars: The Next Frontier »

Lab students at computer

Imagine going on a three-year car trip… but without stopping for gas or snacks, and with no way of turning back easily. What would you bring with you... read more about Medicine in Space »

Students gathered around photographs in a gallery

What makes compelling photojournalism? How can images convey the significance of a moment, subject, or event and engage an audience? Why are... read more about Photojournalism: Documenting Resilience in Evolving Times »

Sidewalk chalk drawing of thank you to Duke health workers

Are you an artist, dancer, or musician who loves science? Are you interested in learning more about the field of medicine and how the creative arts... read more about Reshaping Healthcare through the Arts »

Women working with documents together at a table

Did you know that women in the United States could not open their own bank accounts until the 1960s? How might this impact poverty – both past and... read more about Women in Politics »