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.

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, make 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 natrual 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.

Masahiro Nakanishi '17


Statistics is a concentration based on several premises: that statistics is a scientific discipline in its own right, with specialized methodologies and body of knowledge; that it is essentially concerned with the art and science of data analysis; and that it is best taught in conjunction with specific, substantive applications. To this end, the concentration is designed to provide foundations that include basic statistical concepts and methodologies, and to expose students to the role of statistical thinking and analysis in interdisciplinary research and in the public sphere. The concentration prepares students for careers in industry and government, for graduate study in statistics or biostatistics and other sciences, as well as for professional study in law, medicine, business, or public administration.

Miranda Olson '17


Global Health Narratives (GHN) is the study of personal narrativves relating to wellbeing and the interaction of these narratives with health systems. GHN examines methods that can be used to listen to and study invidual health stories including interdisciplinary research approahces, oral and written narrative frameworks, historical analysis, social policy, the artistic process, and statistics. Applying these diverse methodologies, GHN explores the space between individual stories and broader health systems perspectives. Trajectories for exploration include understanding: 1) how individual health experiences affect a person's self perception, 2) how individuals experience health within particular systems, 3) how individual experiences can be used to spur informed change within health systems, and 4) how these stories can be used to directly help other individuals on a similar wellbeing journey.

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 feminist, sociological, and ecological schools.

Brandon Zborowski '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.

Ari Bard '18

Bioethics investigates moral questions as they arise in the life sciences. Building upon the concentration's foundation in moral philosophy, it depeens its analysis of society bioethical issues and values through coursework in science and technology studies, religious studies, and animal studies.

Martha Epstein '18

The Art and Science of Human Behavior explores human behavior and the development of character through both a concrete scientific angle and an artistic, practice-based approach. The concentration focuses on psychology, cognitive science, theatre, and creative writing, and seeks to use behavioral science to enrich acting technique and create more truthful characters.

Adrian Grant-Alfieri '18

Social Innovation focuses on the pursuit of transformative and sustainable solutions to social problems. This concentration provides a grounding in the understanding of local and global social problems and how they are addressed, in order to design and evaluate creative solutions that breed significant positive social impact. In addition, this concentration will include a focus on developing a grounding in environmental issues within the social innovation realm.

Anne Prusky '18

Socio-Cultural 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.

Andrew Stamboulidis '18

Politics, Philosophy, and Economics is an interdisciplinary concentration that combines the analytic rigor of the social sciences with the normative questions of philosophy to allow for an integrative understanding of the institutions, practices, and policies that shape the modern world.

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 category of knowledge both via historical analysis and careful examination of real-life experiences and embodied practices 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 medcial treatments for neurological disorders.

Ruth Foster '19

Bioethics is at the intersection of science and Philosophy. It deals with the ethical issues that arise in the biological sciences. In my concentration, I will focus on the following questions: How do we make moral decisions in medical and research settings? What are our ethical frameworks and how do they emerge? What are the experiences of individuals in healthcare settings?

Dorothy Jiang '19


Intersectional Mental Health analyzes mental health and how it affects people of varying identities, exploring psychological phenomena; social contexts that affect the manifestations, diagnoses, and treatments of mental illnesses; and public systems that currently exist to address mental health. All of these aspects will be studied through lenses of intersectionality, particularly keeping in mind how race, socioeconomic class, and gender drastically affect how individuals experience the world, including the psychological, social, and public aspects of mental health.

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?

Zak Ziebell '19 (Brown/RISD)


Symbolic Systems is the study of information, representation, and meaning, both on a theoretical level through courses in philosophy and cognition, and on a applied level through courses in computer sciences. It aims to understand how phenomena of meaning and communication arise from pieces which have no inherent meaning on their own, and analyze the techniques by which mental, computational, and cultural systems of representation model the external world.