Associate Director and Concentration Advisor, International Relations Program
Watson Institute 126
Director, International Relations Program
Watson Institute 123
Fall '17 office hours
Richard Holbrooke Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs
Watson Institute 263
Fall '17 office hours
Tue 2-4 or by appointment
Professor of Economics
70 Waterman Street- Room 301
Fall '17 office hours
Tue, Thur 10-10:50
And by appointment
The IR Program has a multiple advising system. Students meet with track advisors, the IR concentration advisor, and IR DUG student representatives as described below. Students are encouraged to seek advice whenever the need arises and as often as necessary. Students tend to seek advising freshman and sophomore year when they are considering filing a concentration, planning courses, and discussing study abroad options and junior and senior years when they are seeking approval for abroad courses, working on capstone projects, finalizing their undergraduate career at Brown, and considering their future after graduation.
The track advisor helps students decide which track best meets the student’s interests, offers advice on course selection within a particular track, and gives substantive advice particularly as it relates to changes in the focus of the student’s academic program or critical decisions about studying abroad, planning for graduate school, or developing an appropriate academic program in preparation for a particular career path. Meeting with the track advisor is the first step in filing an IR concentration.
The Associate Director of the IR Program acts as concentration advisor and is available to speak with students on all matters concerning the concentration. This includes course offerings and course selection for any given semester, planning courses over several semesters, changes in the student’s concentration program, study abroad plans, concentration approval of courses taken abroad and transfer credit from U.S. institutions, fulfillment of IR concentration requirements for graduation, the honors program, independent study, or other procedural or academic issues that may arise in dealing with the university administration. This is to ensure that students pursue an intellectually coherent and challenging program of study rather than just any collection of courses that might happen to formally meet the requirements. The concentration advisor helps students clarify and evaluate options and discusses funding as well as postgraduate plans and applications. Meetings with the concentration advisor are held during walk in hours and by appointments scheduled online. The concentration advisor also directs and teaches in the IR Honors Program.
Peer Advising is offered by representatives of the IR Departmental Undergraduate Group (IRDUG) throughout the academic year. Learn from student representatives about courses, faculty, internships, and study abroad experiences. The DUG holds weekly meetings, information sessions for prospective concentrators, a Fall speaker series, and addresses student questions at the various concentration fairs organized by the Office of the Dean of the College. The DUG also runs two open houses each year and holds special advising hours during sophomore concentration filing season. Prospective students with questions about IR at Brown should contact the IR DUG.
What do you want to do?
Which advisor do you need to see?
When do you need to act?
|Capstone, discuss ideas and projects||Track & Concentration||x||x||x|
|Fellowship, Grant advice||Concentration||x||x|
|Filing your Concentration, 1st Signature||Track||x|
|Filing your Concentration, final approval||Concentration||x|
|Independent study approval||Concentration||Semester before study starts|
|Internship Experience||Peer (DUG)||x||x||x||x|
|Peer Advising||Peer (DUG)||x||x||x||x|
|Post-Brown plans||Track & Concentration||x|
|Prospective students||Peer (DUG)||High School|
|Revise concentration for graduation||Concentration||x|
|Study abroad experience||Peer (DUG)||x||x||x||x|
|Study Abroad, approval (pre/post)||Concentration||x||x||x|
|Study Abroad, discuss options||Track||x||x||x|
|Track courses, discuss options||Track||x||x||x|
|Transfer credit approval||Concentration||x||x||x|