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Remixing Racial Codes: Interraciality in Literature and Film Post-1945

Course Code: AMST 0192B CRN:

Through a reading of select critical theory, literary texts, and films, students will look critically at the ways in which interracial relationships have been prescribed and figured in U.S. culture post-1945. Decentering the dominant narrative of black-white miscegenation, we will give equal attention to the role that Asian bodies play in complicating this binary. We will...(more »)

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Course Code: ANTH 0100 CRN:

This course provides an introduction to cultural anthropology, surveying its defining questions, methods, and findings. We will examine the history and utility of anthropology's hallmark method, ethnography, the long-term immersion of the researcher in the culture under study. We will compare cultural anthropology's findings and comportment in other cultures to its conclusions and conduct in our own.

No prerequisites.

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Racial Politics of Culture: Race and Indigeneity in Anthropology

Course Code: ANTH 0205 CRN:

Taking its title from Lee D. Baker's Anthropology and the Racial Politics of Culture, this course aims to understand anthropological approaches to race and indigeneity. We'll focus on ethnographic work from a range of ethnographic contexts in order to consider the complexities of race and indigeneity as both analytical concepts and ethnographic...(more »)

Sex, Gender, and Subversion: An Introduction to Queer Anthropology

Course Code: ANTH 1557 CRN:

From sex between straight men in fraternities to young girls dedicated to and raised as ‘husbands’ of a goddess, we will explore practices of gender and sexuality that run counter to heterosexual and cisgender norms. Through ethnographies, media, and lively class discussions, this course offers an introduction to issues of gender and sexual subversion globally...(more »)

Introduction to Scientific Computing

Course Code: APMA 0160 CRN:

For students in any discipline that may involve numerical computations. Includes instruction for programming in MATLAB. Applications discussed include solution of linear equations (with vectors and matrices) and nonlinear equations (by bisection, iteration, and Newton's method), interpolation, and curve-fitting, difference equations, iterated maps, numerical differentiation...(more »)

Applied Ordinary Differential Equations

Course Code: APMA 0350 CRN:

This course gives a comprehensive introduction to the qualitative and quantitative theory of ordinary differential equations and their applications. Specific topics covered in the course are applications of differential equations in biology, chemistry, economics, and physics; integrating factors and separable equations; techniques for solving linear systems of differential...(more »)

Statistical Inference I

Course Code: APMA 1650 CRN:

APMA 1650 begins an integrated first course in mathematical statistics. The first half of APMA 1650 covers probability and the last half is statistics, integrated with its probabilistic foundation. Specific topics include probability spaces, discrete and continuous random variables, methods for parameter estimation, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing.Prerequisite:...(more »)

Intensive Summer Arabic

Course Code: ARAB 0120 CRN:

This intensive summer course (Equal to ARAB 0100 and ARAB 0200) is an introductory course designed to build basic listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills in Arabic. Given the vast geographical region in which it is spoken, the Arabic language has a variety of forms. One of them is Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). MSA is the medium of formal oral and written communication...(more »)

Introduction to Human Physiology

Course Code: BIOL 0060 CRN:

An introduction to human physiology aimed primarily at undergraduates who have minimal to no Biology background or who are not concentrating in biology. Acquire a basic understanding of the physiological mechanisms that allow for the running of each major organ systems. Topics include basic cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, digestive, endocrine, and neuromuscular function,...(more »)

Cell and Molecular Biology

Course Code: BIOL 0500 CRN: 60008

This course examines the structure and function of the basic unit of an organism, the cell. An experimental approach is used to examine cellular functions, ranging from gene transcription, cell division and protein secretion, to cell motility, and signal transduction. Relevance to health and disease will be considered.

Prerequisite: BIOL 0200 or AP Biology score of 4 or 5.

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Principles of Immunology

Course Code: BIOL 0530 CRN:

Introduction to experimental and theoretical foundations of immunology. Focuses on concepts, landmark experiments and recent advances. Topics include innate and adaptive immunity; structure/function of antibody molecules and T cell receptors; regulation of immune responses through cellular interactions. Applications of concepts to medically significant issues (vaccines,...(more »)

Principles of Physiology

Course Code: BIOL 0800 CRN: 60010

Introduction to the function and integration of animal systems with an emphasis on mammals. Includes basic concepts in cell and organ system physiology as well as fundamentals of modern trends in physiological science. Emphasizes the application of physical and chemical principles to animal function at both the cellular and systemic levels.

Prerequisite: BIOL 0200 or AP Biology score of 4 or 5.

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Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure

Course Code: CHEM 0330 CRN:

Explores the electronic structure of atoms and molecules, thermodynamics, solution equilibrium, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, and reaction mechanisms. Course includes lecture and laboratory sections. Laboratory cannot be taken without the lecture. Students who previously passed 0330 lab may be excused from repeating the lab portion of the course.

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Organic Chemistry

Course Code: CHEM 0350 CRN:

Sequel to CHEM 0330. Investigates the constitution and properties of the different classes of organic compounds, with considerable attention to reaction mechanisms. The laboratory work involves an introduction to microscale preparative and analytical techniques of organic chemistry and the preparation of representative organic compounds. Three hours of lecture and five hours...(more »)

Greek Mythology (Online)

Course Code: CLAS 0900 CRN: 60006

“What of these things goes now without disaster?”
-Aeschylus, Agamemnon

This course is an introduction to Ancient Greek mythological traditions. Topics include: the twelve Olympian gods; ‘culture heroes’ (e.g. Heracles), Homer and the Trojan Cycle of myths; mythical traditions about the families of Oedipus and Agamemnon; etc....(more »)

The Idea of Self

Course Code: CLAS 1120G CRN:

Literature gestures us toward a certain kind of knowledge not quite psychological, not quite philosophical. We read widely in the classical and medieval traditions in order to gauge the peculiar nature of what this knowledge tells us about experience and the ways in which expressions of selfhood abide or are changed over time. Authors include but are not limited to Sappho, Pindar, Catullus, Horace, Augustine, and Fortunatus.

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The American Presidents and the Western Tradition (Online)

Course Code: CLAS 1120U CRN: 60007

We are accustomed to engaging the American presidency as a public office approached through the prism of government, political science, the history of institutions, constitutional power, and the like. This course studies the ways in which the presidency as an institution, and the presidents in thought and action, are part of a larger continuum of expression and experience...(more »)

Children's Thinking: The Nature of Cognitive Development (Online)

Course Code: CLPS 0610 CRN:

This is a fully online course in cognitive development. The course is designed for rising sophomores through seniors, to be taken during the summer. This course will examine children’s thinking and cognitive development from infancy to elementary school. Some of the topics we will study are children’s memory, reasoning, categorization, and concepts such as space,...(more »)

Quantitative Methods for Psychological Sciences

Course Code: CLPS 0900 CRN:

A survey of statistical methods used in the behavioral sciences. Topics include graphical data description, probability theory, confidence intervals, principles of hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, correlation, and regression, and techniques for categorical data. Emphasizes application of statistical methods to empirical data.

Course not open to Pre-Baccalaureate Students

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Animal Behavior Laboratory (Online)

Course Code: CLPS 1191 CRN:

In this course, you will learn about the standard research methodologies for observing animal behavior and the main formats for presenting research to the scientific community and general public. The research skills you will acquire are broad-based and transcend the specifics of animal behavior observational research. The intellectual background for the hands-on assignments...(more »)

Sleep and Chronobiology Research

Course Code: CLPS 1194 CRN:

Part of a summer immersion in behavioral science research in human sleep and chronobiology. Instruction in human sleep and circadian rhythms, research techniques in basic physiology, laboratory skills, ethics of research, and basic CPR. Research seminars explore other techniques and career paths. Enrollment limited to 12.

Course open only to students admitted to the Sleep...(more »)

Abnormal Psychology

Course Code: CLPS 1700 CRN:

The study of anxiety, stress, and neurotic disorders, psychosomatic disorders, deviant social behavior, affective disorders, and schizophrenia. Considers theories of etiology (causes) and methods of therapeutic treatment, case studies, experimental research, and clinical research.

Course not open to Pre-Baccalaureate Students

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An Introduction to Contemplative Studies

Course Code: COST 0540 CRN:

Introduction to the new field of Contemplative Studies focusing on identifying methods human beings have found, across cultures and across time, to concentrate, broaden and deepen conscious awareness. We will study what these methods and experiences entail, how to critically appraise them, how to experience them ourselves, and how they influence the development of empathy,...(more »)

Principles of Economics

Course Code: ECON 0110 CRN:

Extensive coverage of economic issues, institutions, and vocabulary, plus an introduction to economic analysis and its application to current social problems. Required for all economics concentrators. Course serves as a prerequisite for ECON 1110, 1130, 1210 and 1620. Serves as a general course for students who will take no other economics courses and want a broad introduction to the discipline.

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Financial Accounting

Course Code: ECON 0710 CRN:

Basic accounting theory and practice. Accounting procedures for various forms of business organizations.

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Introduction to Econometrics

Course Code: ECON 1620 CRN:

Probability and statistical inference. Estimation and hypothesis testing. Simple and multiple regression analysis. Applications emphasized.

Course not open to Pre-Baccalaureate Students

Prerequisite: ECON 0110, or AP Microeconomics 4 and AP Macroeconomics 4, or IB HL Economics 6; and ECON 1110 or 1130.

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Good, Evil, and Inbetween

Course Code: ENGL 0510S CRN: 60001

Are humans born naturally good, evil, neither, or all of the above? Does evil lurk deep within the heart of all that is good, or can the forces of good eradicate those of evil? Is evil an inextricable part of what it means to be human in the first place? We'll examine these and related questions by reading some especially provocative literature, including Frankenstein,...(more »)

Funny/Not Funny: Taking Comedy Seriously

Course Code: ENGL 0710U CRN: 60002

What does comedy do, and how does it work? How does comedy compel us to confront matters of great urgency? We consider these questions by examining satire, slapstick, sitcom, sketch comedy, and standup in Jonathan Swift, P.G. Wodehouse, Dorothy Parker, Martin Amis, Fran Lebowitz, Paul Beatty, Sherman Alexie, Richard Pryor, Amy Schumer, Louis C.K., Jon Stewart, and Wanda Sykes.

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Critical Reading and Writing I: The Academic Essay

Course Code: ENGL 0900 CRN: 60003

An introduction to university-level writing. Students produce and revise multiple drafts of essays, practice essential skills of paragraph organization, and develop techniques of critical analysis and research. Readings from a wide range of texts in literature, the media, and academic disciplines. Assignments move from personal response papers to formal academic essays....(more »)

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction (Online)

Course Code: ENGL 0930-S01 CRN:

Creative Nonfiction: Writing the World is for students with a serious interest in writing narrative essays based on fact, research, interviews, and memory. Through assignments and revisions, students will hone their investigative, analytical, and creative skills, inspired by close readings of 20th century nonfiction writers, including Jamaica Kinkaid,...(more »)

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction (Online)

Course Code: ENGL 0930-S02 CRN:

Creative Nonfiction: Reading, Writing, and Traveling takes advantage of its online format to enable students to read, reflect, and share their travel experiences from wherever they are this summer. Assignments includes blogging, actively participating in discussions, op-ed pieces, and a longer travel essay; students are also encouraged to explore visual...(more »)

The Theory and Practice of Sustainable Investing

Course Code: ENVS 1545 CRN:

21st century businesses and investors face a broadening and deepening array of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) risks and opportunities. Climate change, water scarcity, community conflicts, resource depletion, supply chain breakdowns, worker well-being and economic inequality pose present material challenges that make sustainability an imperative for successful...(more »)

Reading French in the Arts and Sciences

Course Code: FREN 0220 CRN:

Designed to develop the reading competence in French for graduate students (or advanced undergraduates with permission of the instructor). Fundamentals of grammar and syntax are emphasized as well as reading skills in the fields of individual students. Successful completion should satisfy the foreign language requirement for graduate students in other departments. (Consult...(more »)

Geology in the Real World: Intersections Between Geology and Society

Course Code: GEOL 0011 CRN:

Do you know how the Earth and its processes affect you? If you want to learn how geology influences the lives of everyone on Earth, this is the class for you. We will use case studies, like the Tohoku earthquake that displaced 200,000 people, to guide our exploration. Along the way, you will learn to critically evaluate how science is presented in the media. Ten years from...(more »)

German for Reading (Online)

Course Code: GRMN 0120 CRN:

This course prepares students to read and understand German texts from a variety of disciplines and in various genres. This intensive introduction to German grammar and syntax is for students without prior knowledge of German, and also for students with some background in German who wish to review and master German grammar. The student who successfully completes this course...(more »)

The American Civil War

Course Code: HIST 0252 CRN: 60004

In this course we will investigate the "felt histories" of the American Civil War -- the personal experiences of Americans (northerners and southerners, slaves and freed people, European immigrants and Native Americans, men and women) who fought its battles and bore its consequences. These histories, as Robert Penn Warren notes, are an "index to the very complexity,...(more »)

The Romans

Course Code: HIST 0720 CRN:

The Romans established the only successful pan-Mediterranean empire in history, lasting nearly 1,000 years, with its legacy living everywhere today, from the U.S. Constitution to the English alphabet. Who were these people? How did they ever conquer and maintain such a vast territory and for so long? And what did it mean to be a Roman? This course explores these basic, yet...(more »)

Evil: The History of an Idea

Course Code: HIST 0770 CRN:

This course considers how individuals and societies have constructed the idea of evil. We examine evil’s origins in religious traditions and review how those interpretations have been deployed and how the concept of evil has changed over time. Is it possible to offer a universal definition of evil? Is it true that “When a woman thinks alone, she thinks evil?”...(more »)

Essentials of the Latin Language

Course Code: LATN 0100 CRN:

An intensive two-semester approach to Latin with special emphasis on developing facility in the rapid reading of Latin literature. No previous knowledge of Latin is required.

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Fiction I

Course Code: LITR 0110A CRN:

A workshop for students who have little or no previous experience in writing fiction. Enrollment limited to 17 per section. This course is limited to undergraduates and pre-baccalaureates. Grade Option: S (Satisfactory) / NC (No Credit) only.

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Classic Short Stories

Course Code: LITR 0900A CRN:

This course will introduce you to a selection of works by important writers of the short story. We shall explore the richness and diversity of short fiction through close reading and discussion, both of which should give you an appreciation of the short story in general and of our writers' countries and histories in particular. Our focus will be on authorial strategies...(more »)

Introductory Calculus, Part I

Course Code: MATH 0090 CRN:

An intensive course in calculus of one variable including limits, differentiation, maxima and minima, the chain rule, rational functions, trigonometric functions, and exponential functions. Introduction to integration with applications to area and volumes of revolution. MATH 0090 and 0100, or AP Calculus BC score 4 or 5 are recommended for all students intending to concentrate...(more »)

Introductory Calculus, Part II

Course Code: MATH 0100 CRN:

A continuation of the material of MATH 0090 including further development of integration, techniques of integration, and applications. Other topics include infinite series, power series, Taylor's formula, polar and parametric equations, and an introduction to differential equations. MATH 0090 and 0100, or AP Calculus BC score 4 or 5 are recommended for all students...(more »)

Harmonic Convergence: Music's Intersection with Science, Mathematics, History and Literature

Course Code: MUSC 0510 CRN:

An examination of research on music and the brain; connections between music, mathematics and history; and music's interrelationship with literature. Readings include The Power of Music (Mannes), Musicophilia (Sacks), The Kreutzer Sonata (Tolstoy), Doctor Faustus (Mann), A Clockwork Orange (Burgess), and writings by Morike, Hofstadter, Vaget, and Taruskin, in which...(more »)

The Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience

Course Code: NEUR 0010 CRN: 60005

Introduction to the mammalian nervous system with emphasis on the structure and function of the human brain. Topics include the function of nerve cells, sensory systems, control of movement and speech, learning and memory, emotion, and diseases of the brain.

No prerequisites, but knowledge of biology and chemistry at the high school level is assumed.

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Experimental Neurobiology

Course Code: NEUR 1600 CRN:

Intensive laboratory experience in neuroscience appropriate for students with basic background in Neurobiology. Learn and employ the classical neurophysiological techniques of extracellular recording, intracellular recording and receptive field mapping using a variety of animal species. Experiments will include recording of sensory signals in the cockroach leg; frog sciatic...(more »)

Critical Reasoning

Course Code: PHIL 0100 CRN:

The overall goal of this course is to improve students' ability to think clearly and carefully and to enable them to identify and evaluate arguments. This includes enabling them to: understand and apply relevant concepts like truth, validity, and soundness; determine the structure of an argument; work with arguments using basic propositional logic; understand and apply...(more »)

Doctors and Patients- Clinical Communication in Medicine

Course Code: PHP 1010 CRN:

Communication is central to medical practice and interpersonal relationships between patients and physicians can be powerful curative agents. This course reviews theory and research on physician-patient communication. In addition to lectures, readings, and discussions, students will have opportunities to observe physicians in clinical settings. Appropriate for students interested...(more »)

World of Food: Personal to Global Perspectives on Nutrition, Agriculture, and Policy (Online)

Course Code: PHP 1101 CRN:

This course brings together issues of food and nutrition in America and around the world through the lens of public health, economics, and agriculture. The overarching theme requires that students reconsider their own previous notions, experiences and behaviors with food. This online setting intentionally requires the students to engage in and learn about their own community...(more »)

Case Studies in Maternal and Child Health

Course Code: PHP 1994 CRN:

This course examines current topics in maternal and child health by addressing the question: How can the communities we serve become the healthiest place for children? In this first year offering the course, the focus will be on Rhode Island, with the central question being posed: How can Rhode Island be the healthiest place in the world for children? This is not a survey...(more »)

Basic Physics (3)

Course Code: PHYS 0030 CRN:

Survey of mechanics, electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics for concentrators in sciences other than physics-including premedical students or students without prior exposure to physics who require a less rigorous course than PHYS 0050, 0060. Employs the concepts of elementary calculus but little of its technique. Lectures, conferences, and laboratory. Twelve...(more »)

Basic Physics (4)

Course Code: PHYS 0040 CRN:

Survey of mechanics, electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics for concentrators in sciences other than physics-including premedical students or students without prior exposure to physics who require a less rigorous course than PHYS 0050, 0060. Employs the concepts of elementary calculus but little of its technique. Lectures, conferences, and laboratory. Twelve...(more »)

Persuasive Communication

Course Code: TAPS 0220 CRN:

Provides an introduction to public speaking, and helps students develop confidence in public speaking through the presentation of persuasive speeches. Primarily for seniors. Limited to 18. Instructor's permission required. No permission will be given during pre-registration; interested students should sign up well in advance on the TAPS 0220 waitlist (form is at http://www.brown.edu/academics/theatre-arts-performance-studies/undergraduate-program/required-course-information)...(more »)


Course Code: TAPS 0230 CRN:

Focus on elements of dramatic analysis and interpretation as applied to the art of acting, and, by extension, directing. Monologues, scene study, and improvisation are basis for comment on individual problems. Reading of dramatic texts and theory. Substantial scene rehearsal commitment necessary. Attendance mandatory. Not open to first-year students. Enrollment limited to...(more »)

CoLAB: Innovations in Performance Practice

Course Code: TAPS 1715 CRN:

CoLAB is focused on incubating creativity and research at the interface of performing arts, critical scholarship, fine art and design practice. This intensive interdisciplinary course is designed for undergraduate and graduate students in the arts as a laboratory for the development of new/devised performance. This type of performance is intermedial in that it combines work...(more »)

Studio Foundation

Course Code: VISA 0100 CRN:

An introduction to basic visual art concepts, exploring a range of materials with emphasis on experimentation and analysis of visual relationships. Drawing is a vital part of this course.

VISA 0100 or 0110 is a prerequisite to any advanced studio course work at Brown or the Rhode Island School of Design. Under certain circumstances a student may petition for a waiver of this requirement upon submission of a portfolio.

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3-D Foundation

Course Code: VISA 0130 CRN:

This is an extensive study in form and structure to develop spatial understanding and the fundamentals of 3-dimensional design and construction. Students will explore the structural, compositional and conceptual implications of basic materials, such as wood, metal, plaster and found objects. Projects are designed as a means for investigating a variety of sculptural processes....(more »)

Drawing I

Course Code: VISA 1110 CRN:

Drawing from nature, still life, the model, and the imagination in a variety of media. A continuing series of outside assignments emphasized. Visits to galleries and museums and pertinent exhibitions may be undertaken. The portfolio of the individual student will be the basis of evaluation. Great emphasis is put on classroom participation.

Prerequisite: VISA 0100 or 0110.

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