Departmental Advising Meiklejohns

The Departmental Advising Meiklejohns can help you with questions about their specific departments, including what introductory classes are good to take, important prerequisites for the concentration, and what faculty can serve as a sophomore or concentration advisor.


Department / Concentration

Favorite thing about concentration

Heba Haleem


What I love about this concentration is the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of issues and topics from a critical lens. 

Nathan Malimban

Applied Mathematics

APMA classes strike a satisfying balance of rigorous theory and fascinating application, recognizing that the two are complementary rather than divergent.

Ali Noel Gunesch

Applied Mathematics-Biology

Apma-Bio allows for individualized exploration of both subjects and helps apply a quantitative lens to the study of biology. 

Drew Friedler

Applied Mathematics-Biology

I love my concentration because it enables me to explore many different courses in the life sciences and the role mathematics plays in them.

Clayton Sanford

Applied Mathematics-Computer Science

I love applied math because of the focus on applying theoretical math and computational techniques to real-world problems in a wide range of fields.

Reena Zhan

Applied Mathematics-Economics

I love how interdisciplinary this concentration is and how it provides opportunity to explore different fields. 

Charlotte Tisch

Archaeology and the Ancient World

I love archaeology it combines art, history, anthropology, and pretty much anything else you are interested in- you can always find a connection. 

Kenneth Kim

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

I love both how straightforward the concentration requirements are and how the concentration's built-in rigor necessitates hard work and a desire for intellectual challenge to succeed.

Aolin Zhang

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Biochemistry and molecular biology has given me a deep understanding of the inner workings of microbes, plants, and animals; this knowledge has not only helped me in my research and medical pursuits but has also given me a greater appreciation for the complexity of life.

Bolong Xu


My favorite parts about biology are finding the unexpected connections between subjects that gradually appear as you learn more and the sheer variety of fields that you can explore.

Julia Gross


I get to attempt to understand how life works and how it could be improved.

Daniel Harwood


Biology encompasses such a multifaceted and fascinating body of knowledge; I love that concentrating in Biology, and specifically Immunology, allows me to not only explore the fundamentals and building blocks of life and how these features fit together, but also to apply this knowledge in a practical way to health and disease.

Sarah Syrop

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering is such a diverse field that is rapidly advancing in many areas which means there is always something exciting and new to learn.

Haejun (Brian) Cho


Biophysics allows me to explore various fields, such as science, math, and computer science, to form a unique perspective on biology.

Michaela Gross

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations

BEO provides a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to the subject that appeals to both my desire for academic depth and my desire to gain real-world experience.

Evan Browning

Chemical Engineering

I love the way that chemical engineering pairs both physics and chemistry in an extremely broad branch of engineering that has applications in a variety of fields.

Lucas Weiser


I love that chemistry tends to make the simple complicated and the complicated simple. 

Amador Delamerced


I study classics for the beauty of its poetry, the ubiquity of its roots in the modern world, and the love for learning of its students and teachers.

Juliana Trach

Cognitive Neuroscience

I love how versatile and interdisciplinary the concentration and the CLPS department are!

Clarissa Clemm

Cognitive Science

Cognitive science provides a variety of different lenses (computationally, cognitively, psychologically, and more) to see the world and to understand the people that populate it.

Elizabeth Stanfield (Liz)

Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature is the perfect concentration for literature and language lovers at Brown because it enables students to pursue these passions in a mini open curriculum. With only one set requirement to fill - Lit Theory - Comparative Literature concentrators enjoy the freedom of choosing which languages, cross-cultural exchanges, time periods and genres they want to study most.

Sarah Kim

Computational Biology

Computational biology gives you the skills to both understand biological problems and find novel ways to solve them using computational tools; also, I like computers and I like biology and this had both of these things in the name.

Rico Lizbinski

Computer Science

Computer Science provides students with the wonderful opportunity to challenge their intellectual curiosity, explore diverse realms of theoretical and practical concepts, and grow profoundly in a multidisciplinary environment!

Jaclyn Zhong

Computer Science-Economics

On first glance, computer science and economics seem very different, but many interesting problems exist at the intersection of these two disciplines: I love how this concentration equips students with both an understanding of theoretical/mathematical models and the technical skills to apply them usefully.

Gabriella Jassir

Development Studies

The multidisciplinary aspect of Development Studies has given me the tools to think critically about the practice of development but has also given me the freedom to learn about other fields, such as history, economics, and politics, in order to fully understand the subject. 

Thomas Tomezsko

East Asian Studies

My favorite part about East Asian studies is that it offers a specific lens with which one can study multiple disciplines—history, language, international relations, literature, politics, etc. It is a dynamic field that encourages critical reflection on place, race, and power across time and space.

Minoshka Narayan


Economics is great because it's such a broad concentration -- you can learn about the financial world, but also be exposed to issues like labor and health economics, all under the same roof.

Daniella Dichter

Education Studies

I love that Education Studies brings together human development and policy skills to create graduates equipped with the skills to make education both more effective and more accessible!

Eimi Satoh

Education Studies

The holistic nature of the Education Studies concentration, as opposed to a degree that focuses solely on specific grade levels or the attainment of teacher certification, provides an integrated view of the discipline and allows students to pursue opportunities outside of the assumed pathway of teaching.

Luiza Osorio G. da Silva

Egyptology Assyriology

Ancient Egypt is my favorite thing to nerd out about, and I absolutely love being part of a community of people who are just as excited about pharaohs, mummies, and hieroglyphs as I am!

Ryan Izant

Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering encompasses everything from the physics of solar cells to making a car run - we learn how to make all of the things.

Conor O'Byrne


English can be such a broad concentration or an extremely narrow one, so the leeway that is available to us is very exciting; I also think that appreciating good writing and possessing the ability to write well are extremely important in the college setting, as well as in life. 

Lily Zhao


English: Since a very young age I've always been drawn to narratives, and this concentration gives me the ability to explore that interest from an analytical angle, while preserving the experience of momentarily becoming a part of another world.

Minoshka Narayan


Studying English is a wonderful way for me to combine my love for literature and my interest in thinking critically -- the professors are great and it's always fun to learn from peers and people with a variety of experiences! 

Sonya Gurwitt

Environmental Studies

I chose to be an Environmental Studies concentrator because it combines science, economics, sociology, psychology, writing, and much more -- all with a focus on making the world a better place!

Rebecca Chernick

French and Francophone Studies

As a French and Francophone Studies concentrator, I have been able to continue developing my language skills, while also deepening my understanding of literature and culture.  

Grace Molino


I love Geology-Biology because it provides me with the tools to understand the processes which form the world around us and how we can use that knowledge to make a difference in the lives of people today; the department itself is a close community which offers its students immense support and opportunities for research and engagement. 

Fatima Husain


All studies within Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences integrate and apply fundamental principles from mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, environmental science, and more; in Geology-Chemistry, I have the opportunity to apply these principles to real-life scientific issues and questions.

Christopher Carchedi


Geology rocks!

Connor Grieve

German Studies

The gummy bears!

Sandra Chang

Health and Human Biology

Health and Human Biology is so flexible and versatile in combining my interests of the biological sciences, social sciences, and humanities into one concentration and being able to explore how they are all related to one another from different lenses.

Yasmine Suliman

Health and Human Biology

I love being able to study the details of the human body and the biology of how it works, but I also love to apply these concepts to people and understand how our social environments also shape human health; this concentration gives me the freedom to pursue both of my passions and learn through a more interdisciplinary lens.

Adam Malkin

Hispanic Studies

Brown's Hispanic Studies department is great because not only do its courses provide students with the opportunity to develop their reading, writing, and speaking skills, but they also allow them to study a wide range of subjects--film, linguistics, and Spanish culture to name a few--with some really phenomenal professors.

Belinda Zhou


I love my concentration because of the brilliant professors in the department and how hard they work to be engaging in class and supportive to their students.

Michelle Ng


I love History because it allows students to become more prepared to tackle a range of issues in the future; the courses push us to view topics through various lens and often integrate knowledge and skill sets you would generally assume to be from other concentrations.

Dolma Ombadykow

Independent Concentration

I am super passionate about interdisciplinary work and think that ICs are an incredible opportunity to fully engage the Open Curriculum and think critically and expansively across disciplinary boundaries.

Dakota Fenn

International Relations

I'm fascinated by how the intersection of several of the most prominent fields of study at Brown (economics, sociology, history, political science) gives rise to a separate, self contained, and relevant concentration. 

Michelle Schein

International Relations

IR at Brown is incredibly unique because it requires every student to dig deep within themselves and choose not only a specific area of study, but also a region within the world to apply those studies; one must achieve fluency in a language, related to the region of focus, which is unique in comparison to other institutions. 

Anna Hundert

Literary Arts

I love the Literary Arts concentration because it gives me a structured yet flexible path for developing my craft as a writer; the concentration challenges me while also leaving me enough time to explore my other academic interests, lending an interdisciplinary approach to my writerly journey. 

Kassie Wang

Mechanical Engineering

Being a real life Tony Stark (well, close enough).

Sabiya Ahamed

Middle East Studies

The Middle East is a brilliantly vibrant place with wonderful people & cultures. Come learn about it & study its languages!

Sophie Schwartz

Modern Culture and Media

I love how my Modern Culture and Media concentration is so interdisciplinary, flexible, and creative.

Erin Reifler


Everybody walks to the beat of their own drum. (badum tsch!) 

Yuki Inaba


Neuroscience is a field full of cutting-edge research - although we understand the basic workings of the brain pretty well, there's still much to be discovered, and that's what makes this concentration so exciting!

Elizabeth Koplas


I love neuroscience because it allows me to study how people work, how they learn, how they think, and how they feel, which is widely applicable and fundamental for compassion and justice.

Sarah Blunt


I love the deep thinking and problem-solving that physics encourages, and it's awesome to have the opportunity to learn from like-minded people in the field!

Basundhara Mukherjee

Political Science

 I love the theoretical and practical applications of the concentration, as well as the diverse range of courses and topics students can engage with. PoliSci has given me exposure to so many brilliant scholars and professors and made me passionate about tackling the issues occurring in the world around us. 

Jeff Salvadore

Political Science

Political Science helps me understand the structural reasons for why today's politics seem so crazy.

Jes Pinkney

Portuguese and Brazilian Studies

I love POBS so much because its small size really allows for a familial atmosphere within the department, which is so great for finding a home away from home at Brown.

Maggie Rowe


I love being pre-med at Brown because the open curriculum has given me the freedom to fulfill my pre-med requirements at my own pace, study abroad, and explore my other academic interests.

Kelsey Anderson

Public Health

I love that Public Health is so dynamic that it can be tailored to any student's interests, and no matter which path you choose the end result is a positive impact on the community. 

Trevor Lyford

Public Health

I love Public Health because it allows its concentrators the flexibility to learn about a variety of issues, including population health and disease, health policy, cross-cultural aspects of health, and the organizational and social structures through which health services are delivered and received. It's an applicable "social science" that is perfect for those who don't feel 100% at home in hard science concentrations or political science/public policy concentrations. 

Caroline Vexler

Public Policy

Public Policy is a unique field of study that at most universities does not have it's own undergraduate department; the new Public Policy program at Brown is structured in a way that provides students with the tools necessary for policy analysis while also allowing them the freedom to pursue an interdisciplinary policy focus of their choosing.

Elizabeth Carlson

Religious Studies

Religious studies is a true liberal arts concentration, which has opened up new opportunities for me to think critically about the interplay among religion, social action, and ethical responsibilities across a broad spectrum of cultures.

Allison Silverman

Science and Society

Science and Society gives students incredible flexibility and agency over their academics at Brown, allowing them to combine interests in the sciences and the humanities to shape an engaging and engaged, interdisciplinary and rigorous curriculum that matches their interests.

Victor C. Li


I love the close-knit community of concentrators and faculty, the engaging rigor of the courses, and the flexibility of a subject that allows me to apply what I learn in the classroom to fields such as sports and Hollywood.

Emma Margulies

Visual Art

Visual Art offers something for everyone, with amazing professors (whom you'll be on a first name basis with from the very first day of class) specializing in a wide variety of media. And of course, there are the fun department events on the List terrace and the amazing views from the painting studio--what's not to love?