Degree Type
A.B., Sc.B.
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Such fields may include emerging topics, such as "sustainable technology," or broader interdisciplinary areas, such as "deaf and disability studies."

IC Proposal Process

  1. Meet with the Curricular Resource Center's IC peer coordinators.
  2. Complete a draft IC application and soliciting feedback from the peer coordinators.
  3. Identify an approved faculty sponsor (an advisor) and obtain a letter of support.
  4. Submit the application and letter of support by the deadline.
    (Optional: Students interested in pursuing honors should read the IC Honors Thesis Guidelines)


The IC Subcommittee of the College Curriculum Council reviews proposals six times per year; applicants must have satisfied two requirements:

  1. Submission of their first IC proposal by the end of their fifth semester
  2. Meeting with at least one of the IC peer co-coordinators before submitting their proposal

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Design a curriculum around a broad problem or theme not covered in the Brown curriculum
  • Collaborate closely with faculty sponsors
  • Produce a significant piece of original research or creative work

Department Undergraduate Group (DUG)

Student leaders: William Friend, Julia Ostrowski

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstones Completed Honors Graduates
2014 17  17 
2015 25  25 
2016 28  28  12 
2017 15  15 
2018 13  13 
2019 16 16 2

Alumni Pathways

Alumni who have created their own concentration at Brown have gone into a variety of industries, including medicine, architecture, and finance. Continuing the entrepreneurial spirit that led them to create their own concentrations, many are now chief executive officers and presidents of their firms.

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Director of Undergraduate Studies/Advisor: Peggy Chang