"Public policy" is a broad theme, and our graduates pursue many paths. Some may choose to work immediately after earning their bachelor’s degree from Brown, while many others will choose to seek an advanced degree in law school, a master of public policy (MPP), or master of public affairs (MPA). Here are examples of jobs that policy concentrators pursue after earning their degrees:
Any of the required core courses, particularly Introduction to Public Policy (PLCY 0100).
Up to three courses may count for credit in both concentrations.
New courses are added to Brown all the time, we are open to having students suggest new electives. Please email the Student Affairs Coordinator with a copy of the syllabus. The course will be reviewed and you will be notified if it is appropriate for concentration credit.
Students are discouraged, although not prevented, from taking courses in their concentration for S/NC. Graduate schools do not look with favor on S/NC grades in your primary field of study; that includes core courses, methods, and electives. If you do well, be sure to obtain a Course Performance Report from the instructor.
The Director of Undergraduate Studies signs study abroad forms.
Courses taken abroad that are pertinent to the concentration may be counted with approval. Students generally bring back ~2 courses per semester abroad for the concentration.
The university determines the number of transfer credits accepted when you are admitted as a transfer student. The Public Policy program decides how to apply your transfer credits toward the concentration. You must send a syllabus of each course you would like to use to fill your requirements to the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Note: We cannot apply credit taken at another institution until it appears on your Brown transcript.
No. You will be awarded one degree, and receive one diploma noting your baccalaureate degree. Students who complete more than one concentration (“double concentrators”) will see all completed concentrations listed on their official Brown transcript.
All students are required to revise (update) their Public Policy program of study through ASK and meet with the student affairs coordinator in the fall semester of senior year (or seventh semester). If you do not revise your program, we cannot approve your graduation, and the Registrar cannot issue you a diploma.