Watson Institute at Brown University
International and Public Affairs


The International and Public Affairs concentration comprises 11 courses, including a common core of classes featuring a themed gateway lecture course, junior seminars, senior thesis or capstone seminars, and a qualitative and quantitative methodology course. For the many students interested in language, students can choose to pursue language study as an alternative to one of the two required methodology courses.


  • Retroactive approval of track elective courses is permitted only in extenuating circumstances and requires approval from the track director.
  • Gateway and foundational courses cannot be substituted.
  • IAPA core courses (gateway, track foundational, and seminars) do not satisfy elective requirements.

Total Credits: 11 (12 with Honors Thesis)
See courses page for offerings.

Gateway courses cannot be substituted.
Select course from approved list.

Track Foundational
Foundational course must correspond to your track.
Foundations of Development, or
Foundations of Policy & Governance (Intro to Public Policy), or
Foundations of Security
Track ElectivesMulti-disciplinary elective courses from approved list5
Qualitative Research Methods

Select course from approved list.

Quantitative Research MethodsSelect course from approved list.1
Junior SeminarSelect course from approved list.1
Proposal-writing workshopNon-credit bearing, optional but very strongly encouraged. 0
Senior CapstoneIAPA Senior Seminar,  or
Senior Honors Thesis Seminar, or
Directed Independent Study.
(2, if writing thesis)
LanguageOne of the two methods requirements – either the qualitative or quantitative course – can be substituted by successful completion of a Brown or Brown-approved language course at the 0400 level or above. The upper-level language course must be taken for a grade.0

*ANTH 0110 qualifies as the Foundations of Development course, for those students who have taken it previously.