Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Program Schedule

See the course descriptions page for more information about required courses.

Academic Year 2020-2021

Orientation and summer courses: offered virtually as a result of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Fall and spring: Students have the option to pursue a hybrid of in-person and remote learning OR take classes entirely remotely. All classes with more than 20 students will be held remotely. In-person instruction is at the discretion of the professor.
Subject to change based on federal, state, and University guidance.

See detailed information about the University's response to COVID-19 at healthy.brown.edu.

Sequence Course


June 1 - 5, 2020

Program overview 

Summer Sequence 1

June 8 - July 10, 2020

Economics for Public Policy
Statistics for Public Policy

Summer Sequence 2

July 13 - August 13, 2020

Economics of Government Intervention
Statistics for Program Evaluation

Fall Semester

September 9 - December 11, 2020
Remote reading period/final exams:
November 29 - December 11)

Policy Analysis and Problem Solving
The Politics of Policymaking in Comparative Perspective
Elective 1
Elective 2

Spring Sequence 1

January 4 - February 26, 2021

Policy-In-Action Consultancy

Spring Sequence 2

March 1 - April 23, 2021
(Remote reading period/final exams:
April 12 - April 23, 2021)

Policy Problems of the 21st Century
Systems Dynamics: Policy Analysis for a Complex World
Management and Implementation in Public and Non-Profit Organizations
Elective 3

Classes and course sequence subject to change.

May 2, 2021 (tentative)