Watson Institute at Brown University
International and Public Affairs


All International and Public Affairs concentrators take a common core of classes including 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

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

Gateway courses cannot be substituted.
Track Foundational
Foundational course must correspond to your track.
Track Electives5
Qualitative Research Methods1*
Quantitative Research Methods1*
Junior Seminar1
Senior Capstone1
(2, if writing thesis)

Research and Writing Workshops
Non-credit bearing, optional but very strongly encouraged.

*Language Study
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.