Briefing: Invitation to Submit FOCUS Proposals for Fall 2018

November 9, 2017

The Focus Program is now soliciting proposals for new clusters to begin in the fall of 2018. Focus offers first-semester Duke students an opportunity to be exposed to ideas from the vantage point of different disciplines across the Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. Each "Cluster" includes a range of interrelated seminars and features a community element.


Proposal Guidelines

Examples of current clusters can be found on the Focus website under the tab “Clusters and Courses.” The proposal looks exactly like the cluster information on the website.

A few things to keep in mind:

  1. Each cluster should have 3 or 4 courses. Four is more common and preferred when possible.
  2. The courses in any given Focus cluster should be from different departments with different areas of knowledge (and modes of inquiry). Two courses from the same unit is allowed.
  3. Individual courses may also be multidisciplinary, but this is not required.
  4. Courses should be taught by regular rank faculty members.
  5. Courses are offered by specific departments (100 or 200 level) and the department is responsible for having the course approved with cross-listings prior to the end of the fall semester.
  6. Focus courses are always seminars (FS) and enroll up to 18 persons per course. These seminars should count for majors, minors and certificates. If this is not possible for all courses, then at least 2 of the 4 in a given cluster should count for one of the types of requirements listed above.
  7. Proposals have (1) a title and introductory statement describing the program, (2) full course descriptions (including all codes and cross-listings), (3) faculty name, rank and affiliation listed for each course, (4) faculty director.
  8. Focus Director Edna Andrews is happy to facilitate your proposal development process.

Submit proposals to