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.

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.

Brett Halperin '18

Government and Economics explores the role of government in free market society. It uses economic models to analyze political processes and political thought to study government intervention and resource allocation in economic systems. This dual effect - economic methods to understand politics and political methods to understand economics - provides a balanced perspective of each field and the relationship between them. 


Julian Jacobs '18

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) is an interdisciplinary concentration that combines the study of three different fields in order to enhance a broader sense of political understanding through their amalgamation. This concentration is thus a tool for forward looking future leaders to analyze current trends through a variety of perspectives. By combing rigorous philosophical analysis with political thought and economic research, PPE produces a sum greater than any of its individual parts.

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.

Conor Regan '18

Philosophy, Politics, Economics provides students with multi-disciplinary training to understand and address salient global issues. The combination of each discipline provides students with a unique skillset in philosophical reasoning, political understanding, and economic analysis.

Anna Schwartz '18

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.

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 shpae 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 and religious studies that aims to critically examine the way mankind has organized the structure of the universe. With a focus area on the Western tradition, this field bridges the gap between the history of science as a systematic and secular understanding of nature and the more esoteric fields of magic, mysticism, and supernatural beliefs that fundamentally explain many of the same experiences. It questions the process of secularization in the modern West by carefully reconsidering the records left behind from people like alchemists and mystics as memories of a deeper connection with divinity and nature itself rather than clear-cut historical documents.

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.


Ruth Foster '19


Bioethics is at the intersection of science and Philosophy. It deals with the ethical issues that arise in the biological sciences. I focus on the following questions: What is the nature of moral goodness? How do we make moral decisions in medical and research settings? 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 phenomnea; social texts 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?

Curtis Stiles '19


Global Entrepreneurship studies entrepreneurship within the context of globalization and its relevant dynamics. 

Angela Yang '19


Humanitarian Studies studies the genealogy of humanitarianism, focusing on the intersectional layers of race, gender and violence in humanitarian projects of care. This concentration takes a multidisciplinary approach to understand the history of care and its effects.

Zak Ziebell '19 (Brown/RISD)


Symbolic Systems is the study of information, representation, and meaning, both on a theoretical level through courses in philosohpy and cognition, and on an 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 which mental, computational, and cultural systems of representation model the external world.