Departmental Undergraduate Groups

What is a DUG?

Departmental Undergraduate Group (DUG) is a group of concentrators who meet and plan programming to create a sense of community within an academic department. DUGs help students make and strengthen connections with other concentrators, professors, and concentrator alums; provide a means for first- and second-year students to explore various concentrations; and enable concentrators to explore potential career opportunities related to their disciplines.

What do DUGS do?

DUGs organize events ranging from study breaks for concentrators, lunches or teas with faculty members, field trips to relevant sites (such as museums or documentary screenings), guest speakers, workshops with CareerLAB staff, capstone/thesis celebrations, movie nights, and more! (For help with event planning, visit the SAO Event Planning Guide or email the DUG Coordinators at

DUGs also collaborate with their faculty sponsor to organize Brown Degree Days events, in which Brown students meet and hear from alumni about their career paths since completing their undergraduate degree.

How do I get involved with a DUG?

There are many DUGs on campus representing a broad number of concentrations. First, check the Focal Point website to see if your department has a DUG with a website. If a DUG doesn’t exist in your department, you should start one yourself!