Choosing a Concentration

Brown offers nearly 80 concentrations in a range of academic departments and interdisciplinary areas of study, so students have a wealth of options at their disposal.

In considering how to make the most of Brown's open curriculum while moving towards a concentration, students might:

  • Seek advice from several different sources. Professors, deans, and peers can offer new perspectives and critical information. Many concentrations have a Departmental Undergraduate Group (DUG) that can provide insight into a course of study. 
  • Use Focal Point to compare and contrast potential concentrations. Concentrations not only differ in content and approach, but also in size and academic culture. Students wishing to pursue an independent concentration should review the online database of approved independent concentration proposals and consult with one of the peer coordinators at the Curricular Resource Center (CRC).
  • Attend the Concentration Fair in October and visit concentration advisors during their office hours. Use these visits to assess whether their interests align with the concentration. 

Students who are thinking about double concentrating should consider these questions and policies.