Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are located 9 miles apart in the Piedmont area of central North Carolina. They border on the Research Triangle Park, as does their sister institution, North Carolina State in Raleigh. The combined library collections of the three schools include approximately 13 million volumes and 120,000 serial subscriptions. Online computerized catalogs and reciprocal borrowing arrangements make it convenient to locate and use resources at any of the libraries. The three schools also anchor the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS), an interdisciplinary study and research organization that serves the entire Southeastern United States. TISS sponsors meetings and conferences, coordinates regional activities, and conducts outreach to minorities and women on issues of national and international security. TISS symposia held periodically have established a national reputation for substance and liveliness.
Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill both support active undergraduate programs in military history. UNC’s program is part of the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense, an undergraduate major that offers an array of courses on topics in national security and provides as well an opportunity for graduate students to obtain teaching experience.