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.

Total Credits: 11 (12 with Honors Thesis)


CORE (5 courses)

GatewaySelect course from approved list
Junior SeminarSelect course from approved list1
Qualitative Research MethodsDEVL 15001**
Quantitative Research MethodsSelect from:
  • APMA 1650
  • ECON 1620
  • EDUC 1110
  • POLS 1600
  • SOC 1100
Research and Writing WorkshopNon-credit bearing, optional but very strongly encouraged 0
Senior CapstoneSenior Seminar from approved list,  or
Senior Honors Thesis Seminar, or
Directed Independent Study
(2, if writing thesis)

* Students graduating in 2022 may take the gateway course in semesters 05 or 06 as well.

** One 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.

TRACK (6 courses)

Development   |    Policy & Governance    |    Security

Track FoundationFoundations of Development, or
Foundations of Policy & Governance, or
Foundations of Security, or
Track ElectivesMulti-disciplinary elective courses from approved list5