Signature Work and Experiential Education

Signature Work and Experiential Education (8 credits and one not for credit experience):

Duke Kunshan University graduates will have experience addressing complex problems outside the classroom as well as within, developing these skills through “Signature Work”. Signature Work encourages students to seek creative alignments between curricular pathways and to engage in experiential learning that leads to the creation of knowledge and products for scholarly, private sector and public audiences.

Signature Work calls for each student to identify one or more questions, problems, or issues that are of particular importance to him or herself and to society, and to investigate these through a combination of curricular and related co-curricular experiences. Students develop guided pathways, identify questions, and undertake projects early in their academic career. During the sophomore year students work with their advisors and faculty mentors to begin identifying the major questions, problems, or issues on which they would like to work, and to develop a pathway that includes three thematically linked courses drawn from students' interdisciplinary studies, disciplinary studies or electives, one or more co-curricular experiences, and two capstone courses in which a student creates a substantial scholarly or creative signature product. The co-curricular experiential learning component (e.g. internships, practica, community-based fieldwork or other civic projects) must comprise no fewer than 150 hours of work, and will be reflected on the transcript as non-credit, Practice-Oriented Education (POE).

The signature product will vary across fields and disciplines, but will always include substantial writing, reflection on learning, and publicly visible results. A student's pathway will be developed by the end of the sophomore, or beginning of the junior year, at the latest. In the senior year, a student will create an e-portfolio that captures both the signature product a student has produced and a narrative explaining the larger inquiry informing their pathway.

Undergraduate Signature Work