Watson Institute at Brown University
International and Public Affairs


All International and Public Affairs concentrators take a common core of classes.  This includes the choice of a “gateway” lecture course that examines broad global themes and provides an introduction to multidisciplinary analysis; one qualitative and one quantitative research methods course (language study at the 0400 level or above can substitute for one of the methods courses); a junior seminar; and a capstone.  

In addition to taking these core classes, students choose one of three tracks of specialization:

  • Development
  • Policy & Governance
  • Security

Students take 5 elective courses in their specialization track.

This is a tentative list and subject to change. 

  • Retroactive approval of track elective courses is permitted only in extenuating circumstances and requires approval from the Faculty Concentration Advising Committee.
  • Gateway and foundational courses cannot be substituted with other courses offered through IAPA or through other concentration.
  • IAPA core courses (gateway, track foundational, junior seminars, and senior seminars) do not satisfy elective requirements.
  • Junior and senior seminars are not interchangeable.

View list of ELECTIVES

POLS 1435Politics of Climate ChangeColgan
ECON 1000Using Big Data to Solve Economic and Social ProblemsFriedman
IAPA 0110Intro to Public PolicyHackey
IAPA 0200Foundations of DevelopmentVarshney
IAPA 1701MJustice, Gender, and MarketsPingle
IAPA 1701GCultures of SurveillanceHashmi
IAPA 1701HIs World Peace Possible?Grinberg
IAPA 1701KGeography of Uneven DevelopmentBanerji
IAPA 1701LPolitics of RiskLichtenstein
IAPA 1801BDiplomacy, an Art That Isn't LostAtwood
SAST 0750Understanding the Indian EconomySubramanian
IAPA 1801LMergers and AcquisitionsYoung
IAPA 1804AIran and the Islamic RevolutionKinzer
IAPA 1801Science and Tech Policy in the Global SouthAugusto
IAPA 1803Humanitarian Response in Modern ConflictPolatty
IAPA 1804DLegal Methods for Public PolicyGabinet
IAPA 1801CBrazilian DemocracyCheibub
IAPA 1816ASenior Thesis Seminar
IAPA 1850Senior Thesis Seminar