Students take courses in a wide range of departments and with faculty affiliated with the Center for the Study of the Early Modern World. Concentrators have the opportunity to be mentored by faculty, staff at the special collections libraries at Brown, and graduate students working on contiguous topics.

Students are invited to take advantage of this breadth of offerings to enhance their understanding of the period, as well as to gain a sense of the uses, limitations, and interrelationships of particular disciplinary approaches.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Understand the thought and social practices that distinguish pre-modern from contemporary societies
  • Develop an interdisciplinary approach to the study of historical cultures between 1350-1800 CE
  • Demonstrate reading knowledge of a non-English language relevant to one’s area of focus
  • Complete a senior project in consultation with the concentration’s faculty advisors

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstones Completed Honors Graduates


Director of Undergraduate Studies/Advisor: Andrew Laird