Brown University has a long tradition of creating, encouraging and fostering interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary programs. The Graduate School is open to students who propose scholarly work that crosses disciplinary boundaries and cannot be accommodated within an existing doctoral program offering a Ph.D.
Such students are eligible to file an application for a degree in integrative studies. After completing one full semester of full-time doctoral study in a particular program at Brown, students may apply for permission to enroll as a doctoral student pursuing integrative graduate study.
The application entails the drafting of a self-designed plan of study, the submission of a petition to the Graduate Council for approval, and the fulfillment of the general requirements of the Graduate School for the Ph.D. at Brown.