Watson Institute at Brown University
International and Public Affairs

Junior Seminar

All International and Public Affairs concentrators, having completed at least one gateway course, take a junior seminar during the fall or spring semester of the junior year. The seminars focus on issues in international and public affairs that can be studied in comparative global perspective, that can be subjected to multidisciplinary analysis, and that often cut across concerns about development, governance, and security. The seminars are intended to help students hone skills of critical analysis and argumentation, at the same time they help students focus on the topics that can later be pursued as capstone or thesis projects. 

  • Junior seminars must be taken junior year.
  • Junior seminars are WRIT designated.
  • Junior seminars cannot be substituted.