Double Concentrating

Relevant deadlines: Students should declare an additional concentration no later than the seventh semester. By faculty rules, the deadline by which an additional concentration must be approved by the concentration advisor in ASK  is 5:00 PM EST on the last day of classes in the student’s seventh semester.

Brown students may double concentrate if they are able to complete all requirements for both fields in the standard eight-semester sequence of study. Many concentrations limit the number of courses that can be counted toward multiple concentrations; students should inquire about such policies with both concentrations. The Dean of the College office and the College Curriculum Council suggest that a maximum of two courses be counted toward multiple concentrations. ASK, the student declaration system, will notify a student and both advisors if more than two courses in the course plan (with a few specific exceptions) are being counted toward multiple concentrations.

A student might consider double concentrating if they have intellectual passions that span two distinct areas of study, and if fulfilling the requirements for both concentrations still leaves room for a wide range of courses in other fields. Double concentrating is not for everyone, however, and only twenty percent of Brown students pursue this option.

Most students find that studying in-depth in one area allows them to maximize their opportunities for both academic rigor and choice. Completing two concentrations limits one's ability to take full advantage of Brown's curricular options.  Students also mistakenly believe that double concentrating increases their chances of obtaining meaningful work or admission to graduate or professional programs. This is simply not so; the best candidates for graduate study and professional opportunities excel in a concentration and select additional courses that complement and extend their course of study in ways that reflect their own evolving academic interests.

Students who are interested in double concentrating should discuss this option carefully with their academic advisor or with any academic dean in the Office of the Dean of the College.