International and Public Affairs concentrators are required to take two methodology courses, one in qualitative methods, and one in quantitative methods. These two research methods courses complement the concentration’s substantive courses in important ways. Substantive, topically-focused courses (i.e., the junior and senior seminars, track electives, etc.) emphasize important skills of analysis and critical thinking, as well as deeper study of particular topics and regions. Research methods courses, then, teach students specific tools of analysis that can be used to conduct deeper research on topics of the student’s own choice. The tools taught by the research methods courses are important for capstone and thesis projects, but, like all aspects of critical thinking, will be useful throughout the student’s life.
To fulfill the qualitative methods requirement, International and Public Affairs concentrators take
In exceptional circumstances, with the concentration advisor’s consent, students may take an alternative qualitative methods course offered on campus at Brown.
To fulfill the quantitative methods requirement, International and Public Affairs concentrators may take any of the following courses:
The International and Public Affairs concentration recognizes the importance of language study as an important tool for research and understanding. Language study, though not required, is strongly encouraged and rewarded in the International and Public Affairs concentration. Learn more about language placement exams.