CCS Fellows Program

The CCS Fellows program explores intersections of Christianity and academics with a goal of participants entering the post-college world with a kingdom-centered perspective of themselves, community, society, and the world.

The two-year program consists of six juniors and six seniors each year. The first year of the program (2017-18 academic year) will include five juniors. Students will apply in the spring semester of their sophomore year. The program’s components include:

Cohort Dinners

The monthly cohort dinners are opportunities for the fellows to share conversation with Christian faculty members or local community leaders over a meal. Participants will discuss a short reading designed to provoke thought over ways of Christian engagement in issues facing culture and society. The dinners will be held at a home off campus so that students may experience the warmth of “home” hospitality that they do not often experience during college.

Faculty and Professional Mentoring

Two of the most common requests for Christian Duke students are to know Christian faculty members and to have guidance in their vocational future. Thus, each fellow will be paired with a faculty member and a local professional as mentors. Fellows will meet monthly with their faculty mentor and twice per semester with their professional mentor.

CCS Short Courses

Fellows will enroll in at least one CCS short course per semester. Short courses are 6-week long courses that integrate Christian thought with an area of academic interest. Each course is co-taught by a Duke faculty member and the CCS director. Sample classes include, “Faith, Learning, and Vocation,” “Human Flourishing,” “What Makes Us Human,” “The Problem of Evil,” and “Technology: From Genesis to Steve Jobs.” Each class session includes short readings and scriptural passages.

Summer Experience Reflection

Over the summers, Duke students scatter across the country and across the world – whether an internship, summer school, abroad programs, or work. Though these experiences are diverse, each invites opportunity for reflection on how Christian presence shapes participation in these often “non-Duke” worlds. Students will convene monthly over the summer via video conference to discuss short readings and their written reflections on topics related to faith and vocation.

Senior Capstone Project

Every fellow will complete a capstone project their senior year at Duke. The capstone project offers an opportunity for each fellow to embark on a specially designed project that leads them to engage Christian thought in a specific area of interest. Capstone projects are either research or teaching focused. Students will either design a research project to be completed under the guidance of a Christian faculty member or design and teach a course for fellow students. The teaching option will also occur under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

Certificate of Christian Studies

Students who complete the CCS Fellows program will receive a Certificate in Christian Studies to recognize their training in Christian learning in their college experience and enable them to include their Fellows experience on their resume or CV.


2017-18 Fellows (pictured above from L to R):

Matthew Brague (Duke junior, Psychology and Global Health)
Madelynne Norton (Duke junior, Public Policy)
Nick Steenwyk (Duke junior, Engineering)
Allison Binkley (Duke junior, Engineering)
Brandon Sweeney (Duke junior, Public Policy)