Current Independent Concentrators

Current Independent Concentrators at Brown

Check out the Independent Concentrations currently being pursued at Brown! The proposals for these ICs will not be available until these students graduate. To see IC proposals written by graduated ICers, visit the CRC IC Database.

Sophia Dalal '16.5


Persuasive Communication for Social Justice studies the origins of social injustice and pairs theories of social influence and multidisciplinary communication techniques to mobilize stakeholders and catalyze positive social change.

Simon Jones '16.5


New Technology in the Performing Arts is a practice-based arts concentration about exploring different ways to combine new technology with the performing arts, creating interdisciplinary pieces. Examples of interdisciplinary projects in this field include: dance with projection mapping, theater with animation, and spoken word with interactive sensors.

  Morgan Patrick '16.5 

Music Cognition is the study of how the mind and the brain handle music. I'm interested in how our knowledge of cognition can shed light on understanding diverse muical structures and evidence, and how methodologies of musical study reveal cognitive processes. For my thesis, I am looking at the effects of musical expectations on visual narrative processing.

 Morgan Cheatham '17


Neuroeconomics is the study of human decision-making via neuroscience, economics and computational cognitive science lenses by leveraging computational methods pioneered in applied math and computer science. The field aims to relate economic behavior to underlying neurological processes.

Madeline Chin '17 


Medical Humanities utilizes a social science, humanities, and arts approach to examining how people understand, making meaning out of, and convey the human experiences of sickness, health, disease, and healing.

 Brandon Dale '17


Ethnopharmacognosy  explores various aspects of herbal medicines, plant research and traditional medicine systems. I will gain competencies in various scientific methods required for field research while building a holistic understanding of the cultural, regional and spiritual elements that encompass natural medicine.

Sarah Eltinge '17


Statistics allows me to develop my skills in math, computer science, and analytic thinking in order to critically evaluate the world around me. I enjoy applying statistical methods to the field of Public Health, with particular interests in health inequality and addiction studies.

Macklin Fluehr '17


Engineering Design is the application of engineering theory and science to create technology, products, devices and structures for society. Centered on the engineering design process, supported by engineering theory, Engineering Design is an applied engineering degree for engineers that want to get their hands dirty.

Victor Li '17


Statistics provides me with the quantitative and computational skill set to tackle a world quickly being redefined by data. At its core, Statistics builds a problem-solving tool kit that can be applied to countless fields – my primary interests lie at the intersections between data and sports, entertainment media, and medicine.

Jasmine Liu '17 


Environmental Politics and Economics is the study of how political actors behave in the face of environmental problems, for instance, in adopting missions reduction schemes, organizing a nation's energy resources or improving the living conditions of those living in vulnerable communities.

Miranda Olson '17


Global Health Narrative discusses, studies, expresses, and creatively represents patient expereinces. Global Health Narratives tries to rehumanize healthcare and redefine the impact of patient experiences on worldwide systems. This concentration uses storytelling and digital humanities methods to create approachable and impactful projects that recognize and communicate a patient's creative voice and the expertise they bring to medical practice.

Dolma Ombadykow '17


Medical Humanities calls on the social sciences and humanities to explore the individual medical experience. Through sociology and anthropology, as well as the study of literature and the arts, this concentration explores how socioeconomic status, race, gender identity, mental health, and pre-existing illness work to inform the ways that social norms surrounding disease are constructed and challenged by patients, families, communities, and clinicians.

Danielle Perelman '17 


Multimedia Storytelling is the study of how different types of media affect the stories that are being told. With a focus in film, photography, and writing, this concentration acknowledges the relevance of multiple forms of narrative and attempts to explore the cross-sections between them.

Anna Schwartz '17


 Music Cognition explores the very relationship between music and our cognitive processes to see these fields not as separate fields of knowledge, but as intertwining disciplines that speak to one another. By doing so, it facilitates a greater understanding of the brain areas responsible for the execution of different mental activities and of the behavioral deficits associated with neurological and neurodegenerative diseases.

Radhika Singhal '17


 Health Economics looks at health from an interdisciplinary perspective to efficiently allocate resources and improve health outcomes, especially in developing countries. This concentration aims to explain the relationship between people, their culture, economic advancement, and healthcare systems, and enables me to find solutions to improve healthcare outcomes in emerging economies that don't have the necessary resources to do so. I have taken courses in Economics, Public Health, Public Policy, Anthropology, American Studies, and Political Science to get an interdisciplinary understanding of health and disease and their interaction with society.

Neil Wathore '17


Nutrition and Health encompasses an integrated, interdisciplinary study of food and its health consequences. It involves 1) a biochemical understanding of health outcomes related to dietary patterns, 2) a socio-political-economic understanding of forces that shape our diets, and 3) the translating of the first two understandings into sensitive behavioral-change approaches that encourage healthier eating patterns.

Yuval Yossefy '17


History of Economic Theory seeks to place the mathematical economic theories commonly taught in American academic departments within a greater historical context that studies their rise to prominence over other theories. On top of understanding theories' social, cultural, and historical backgrounds, this IC also looks at the less commonly taught economic critiques - such as those of femininst, sociological, and ecological schools.

Brandon Zborowksi '17


Statistics is a powerful tool to help understand the world around you. Statistics allows me to model and make inferences about many things in this world by using data.


Anne Fosburg '17.5

Critical Pedagogy is a philosophy of education that aims to build reflective consciousness of social, historical, and political context in both teachers and students, and to put that consciousness to work in creating a more just society.

Martha Epstein '18

The Art and Science of Human Behavior explores human behavior and the development of character from both a concrete scientific lens, studying psychology and cognitive science, and from an artistic practice-based standpoint, studying theater and creative writing. This interdisciplinary approach attempts to paint a full picture of human behavior by examining research-based behavioral patterns that group people together as well as creatively constructing an individual with distinctive characteristics. The concentration resembles components of an undergraduate behavioral science major but is expanded to incorporate and emphasize the arts. The concentration is geared towards artist, actors in particular, and seeks to use scientific knowledge to enrich acting technique and create more truthful and rounded characters.

Anne Prusky '18


Sociocultural Linguistics examines how people's language use affects and reflects their social identities. Through deep understanding of three languages and the communities within them, this concentration enables both a globalized and personalized approach to the application of social theory. 

Christian Suarez '18


Animal Studies strives to center the animal within and across disciplinary boundaries, both as a subject and actor. In doing so, it analyzes human-animal relationships and furthers animal rights discourse by critically engaging with the question of the animal in the past, present, and future and the possibility of a richer human-animal/nature-culture communion.

Alex Vidmar '18

Western Esoteric Studies is the intersection of history, science and technology studies, and religious studies that aims to explore the divergence of science from religion as its own cateogry of knowledge both via historical analysis and careful examination of the real-life experiences people have, such as mysticism, ritual, alchemy, magic, and more.

Michele Winter '18


Computational Neuroscience combines the fields of computer science, mathematics, and neuroscience. Computational models will be adapted and optimized to accurately model the brain leading to further understanding of the brain's functions. They can be applied to improve intelligent systems and allow for insight to novel medical treatments for neurological disorders.

Charlotte Senders '19

 Agricultural Ethnobotany is the study of the relationship between plants and people in the context of food—it's a mix of botany and anthropology. Major questions include: how do people shape the botanical world? How do plants shape the human world?