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Black Panthers, Brown Berets: Radical Social Movements of the Late-20th Century

Department: American Civilization
This course examines the histories of radical social movement organizations and individuals from the Black, Latinx, Asian, and Native American communities. We will explore their greatest achievements along with their deepest pitfalls, and ponder the teachings these experiences can provide for us today. Students will heavily utilize primary sources--film, theater, paintings,...
American Civilization

Leadership For Immigration and Refugee Policy

Department: American Civilization
Of the many contested policy issues that have risen to national attention since Trump’s presidency, perhaps none have been as controversial as the issue of immigration. Proposals about “the border wall,” deportations, and the banning of entire groups of people have received both praise and criticism. Yet, while debates about immigration policies have intensified, these...
American Civilization

Girl Power Through the Ages: An Introduction to Feminist Theory and Practice

Department: Anthropology
Have you always wondered what it means to be a feminist? Then this is the course for you; A basic introduction to feminist theories and practices both historically and contemporarily. Reading and discussing seminal texts, engaging with depictions of feminists (both in popular culture and other forms), and exploring feminist activism will introduce students to the intersection...
Anthropology

Global Health: Inequality, Culture, and Human Well Being Around the World

Department: Anthropology
This course examines human health in a global perspective. Using ideas and methods from anthropology, students will explore how inequality and culture intersect to produce the world’s predominant health problems. Further, students will look critically at efforts to address the global burden of disease, using multiple case studies to help them develop more politically and...
Anthropology

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Department: Anthropology
The cultural and social diversity of the world around us is astounding. Anthropology is a discipline that examines different aspects of this diversity and allows one to better understand the complexity of social phenomena. This course introduces students to the most important concepts and approaches used by anthropologists in understanding socio-cultural variation. The course...
Anthropology

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Department: Anthropology

This course provides an introduction to cultural anthropology, surveying its defining questions, methods, and findings. We will examine the history and utility of anthropology's hallmark method, ethnography, the long-term immersion of the researcher in the culture under study. We will compare cultural anthropology's findings and comportment in other cultures to its conclusions and conduct in our own.

Prerequisites: None

Anthropology

Live Like It's 3000 BC: Introduction to Experimental Archaeology

Department: Anthropology
Have you ever wondered how ancient people lived? How they made their tools, clothes, and food? How they wrote on clay and papyrus? Do you want to learn about ancient artifacts and recreate them? This course offers a unique opportunity to experience how archaeologists use experimental archaeology to study the relationship between people, materials, and ancient techniques,...
Anthropology

The Origin of Everything: Creation Myths Around the World

Department: Anthropology
This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting.Even today in the midst of rapid scientific advancements, we often ask some of life's most fundamental questions: how did the world come to be and where did we come from? Already in the ancient times,...
Anthropology

Acid/Base Chemistry: From Food to Everyday Phenomena

Department: Biology
What makes a lemon sour, and our coffee bitter? How do giant sinkholes spontaneously appear? And how in the world did they get that red stain out of your white shirt? Throughout the day there are nearly uncountable occurrences of acid/base chemistry, with many resulting in wildly different outcomes. In this 1 week course, we will aim to grasp the core principles behind acid/base...
Biology

Applied Research Strategies in Pharm/Tox.

Department: Biology
Our bodies are exposed to a staggering number of chemicals every day, some toxic and some advantageous. Understanding what happens when these chemicals contact our body, from the surficial to the cellular level is part of a complex area of study known as toxicology. In this course, we will delve into mechanisms of toxicity by introducing research on well-publicized toxicants...
Biology

Athlete 101: The Science of Training

Department: Biology
Ever wonder...
Why you do high or low repetitions of weights?
Why there are work and rest intervals? Dynamic vs. Static warm ups?
When and what you should eat before, during and post exercise?
What exercise advice is based on myth and fact?
This course aims to demystify, understand, and create a basic solid foundation of an aerobic or strength training program.

Learn...
Biology

Bacteriology: The Good, the Bad, and the Deadly

Department: Biology
Did you know that the bubonic plague killed approximate 50% of Europe's population in the middle ages? Did you know that the bacterium that causes leprosy lives inside of the American Armadillo? Bacteria floating miles high in the atmosphere can cause meningitis. Bacteria even contribute to obesity and heart attacks. Come learn about the amazing world of bacteria!Bacteria...
Biology

Behind the Breakthroughs: Using Laboratory Organisms in Biomedical Research

Department: Biology
Groundbreaking advancements in our understanding of human health and disease could not be accomplished without the help of some interesting creatures. In this laboratory-intensive course we will work with several model organisms as well as mammalian cells grown in culture. Students will gain practical laboratory experience in the context of published biomedical research.Medicine...
Biology

Biochemistry, The Magic that Keeps Us Alive

Department: Biology
In this course, we will unveil the chemical “magic” that dictates when and how the human body behaves, in its everyday grind to keep us alive. Every biological process in our body, from the most basic function of glucose utilization to complicated pathways of drug metabolism, heavily depends on basic concepts of chemistry in order to function. Without understanding the...
Biology

Biomedical Informatics and Data Science for Biomedicine and Health Care

Department: Biology
Modern health care relies on the ability to best interpret available data that may originate from a number of sources, including healthcare professionals, patients, and medical devices. Data science is the process of interpreting data for use within specific contexts. Biomedical informatics is the scientific discipline that is focused on transforming data for providing biomedical...
Biology

Black Lives Matter Less: How Structural Racism Affects the Health of Black Lives and Communities

Department: Biology
Black people in the US have shorter life expectancies, live with more physical and mental illness, and have more disability than White people. This course will help students connect health inequities to systematic racism in our society and its institutions, with a particular focus on the criminal justice and law enforcement system.Using a public health lens, this...
Biology

Body at Work: Anatomy, Physiology, and Disease

Department: Biology
In this course, you will study the major organ systems of the body, investigate normal and pathologic anatomy and physiology, and examine common diseases and injuries and their effect on the body’s organ systems.

One of the main objectives of this course is to provide students considering a career in the health professions a foundation in the study of human form and function,...
Biology

Cancer Biology: An Evolving Puzzle

Department: Biology
Have you ever questioned why certain types of cancer are so difficult to treat or how basic science discoveries translate into clinical practice? This course will provide an introduction to cancer biology through hands-on laboratory exercises and interactive lectures. Students will have the opportunity to develop an independent research project and learn about the daily...
Biology

Cell and Molecular Biology

Department: Biology

This course examines the structure and function of the basic unit of an organism, the cell. An experimental approach is used to examine cellular functions, ranging from gene transcription, cell division and protein secretion, to cell motility, and signal transduction. Relevance to health and disease will be considered.

Prerequisites: BIOL 0200 or AP Biology score of 4 or 5.

Biology

Disease Control: Biotechnology Versus Microbes

Department: Biology
Study with Brown University in Atlanta, Georgia at the United States' Centers for Disease Control (CDC)!

Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are the last line of defense against a worldwide pandemic. Are you up for the challenge to fight emerging drug-resistant infections alongside the CDC?Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are the...
Biology

Disease in America: Investigation and Response to Outbreaks

Department: Biology
Students enrolled in this course will become disease investigators. How are diseases spread, investigated, and controlled? Who should be involved in the day to day decision making for the response? Students will look at all social and environmental factors that influence how we respond to outbreaks. The main objective is for students to understand the basics of infectious...
Biology

DNA Science and Biotechnology

Department: Biology
Are you curious as to what it is like to be in a laboratory, working to solve problems in the medical field? Have you wondered how scientists work to provide breakthrough products and technologies to improve our environment? This course will immerse you in the laboratory as you learn the basics of biotechnology and gain experience conducting advanced laboratory techniques....
Biology

DNA Science: Forensics, Food, and Medicine

Department: Biology
DNA can solve a crime, identify a future disease, and distinguish our common ancestors. A remarkable molecule, it has often been referred to as the “building block of life.”

Advances in molecular biology and biotechnology have led to an explosion in our understanding of DNA and how it impacts us, both as individuals and as a society. This course will introduce the concepts...
Biology

Drug Discovery: Treating Human Disease Through Medicine

Department: Biology
The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the way that diseases are treated on a physiological level and how drugs are discovered and created. Students will gain an understanding of how the pharmaceutical industry approaches drug discovery, balancing patient quality of life and treatment regimen, as well as how drugs interact with the human body to elicit...
Biology

Engineering Selfcare - The Science of Cosmetics

Department: Biology
You read that title and might have thought to yourself "Make-up is a science now?" While applying it is oftentimes an art, self-care and self-image are an essential part of the human experience, and as young adults you should understand the science and engineering that goes into the products you are using. That's right, there is a lot of engineering that goes into designing...
Biology

Explaining the Mysteries of Common Events: Acid/Base Chemistry

Department: Biology
This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting.What makes a lemon sour, and our coffee bitter? How do giant sinkholes appear? And how did they get that red stain out of your white shirt? Throughout the day, acid/base chemistry drives many events,...
Biology

Forensic Science - CSI Providence

Department: Biology
What makes an expert witness an expert? What would the perfect crime look like? These are but a couple of the many questions we will explore during this course. Forensic science is an exciting field that combines scientific principles from many different science disciplines with technology and math resulting in new, sometimes surprising outcomes!This integrated course...
Biology

Forensic Science: CSI Providence

Department: Biology
Forensics is the application of science to answer questions pertaining to the law. Methods used to solve criminal investigations have progressed significantly over the past thirty years. Investigators and scientists now collaborate and use forensic technologies to uncover facts associated with criminal cases. This course will uncover the truth behind criminal investigations...
Biology

Hands-On Medicine: A Week in the Life of a Medical Student

Department: Biology
Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a medical student? In this course, you will learn about the fundamentals of the practice of medicine through an exciting week of immersive activities. You and your peers will explore the physiology of the human body in the classroom, and then experience an in-depth look at the anatomy of the organs themselves in the anatomy lab....
Biology

Infectious and Epidemic Disease

Department: Biology
Understanding how pathogens are transmitted, lead to illness, and how they can be controlled or cured is the cornerstone of medical science. We will explore a variety of pathogenic organisms by examining their life cycle, transmission from host to host, and why some pathogens result in to epidemics. Students will discover not only the treatment of epidemic disease, but also...
Biology

Innovation Inspired by Nature: Biomimicry 101

Department: Biology
Velcro, wind turbine blades, high speed trains and Olympic wetsuits. What do these all have in common? These and many other designs were inspired by the science of Biomimicry – using patterns in nature to influence design for human benefit. There is no better design partner than nature. What surrounds us is the secret to survival. Michael Pawlyn, a noted architect in biomimetic...
Biology

Introduction to Human Physiology

Department: Biology
An introduction to human physiology aimed primarily at undergraduates who have minimal to no Biology background or who are not concentrating in biology. Acquire a basic understanding of the physiological mechanisms that allow for the running of each major organ systems. Topics include basic cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, digestive, endocrine, and neuromuscular function,...
Biology

Introduction to Medicine: Do You Want to Be a Doctor?

Department: Biology
So you think you want to be a doctor? This course is designed to help you answer that question by letting you see the practice of medicine in the United States firsthand, giving you a taste of what an American medical school would be like, and helping you evaluate how well your talents and preferences match those of a career in medicine. Students who take this course are...
Biology

Laboratory Research in Biomedicine

Department: Biology
Topics to be covered in this laboratory intensive course include the structure and function of biomolecules such as proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, and DNA, as well as the structure and function of cellular components. In the laboratory, students will carry out several introductory and advanced experimental techniques utilizing both DNA and proteins. Experiments will include...
Biology

Leadership and Global Health

Department: Biology
Despite world-wide advances in technology and development, providing basic health care to people in resource-poor settings continues to pose enormous challenges. Now more than ever, the global community is focused on overcoming inequities in health care and reducing poverty as a means of curbing the spread of disease and improving lives. Building on this momentum, this course...
Biology

Marine Invertebrates: Exploring Rhode Island's Rocky Coast

Department: Biology
What do octopus, sea stars, and horseshoe crabs all have in common? They all lack a spine; they are all marine invertebrates.Invertebrates are amazingly diverse and are by far the largest animal group on the planet. They compose approximately 97% of all animal life. They are unified by their lack of a spine, but they tell an interesting evolutionary story when we...
Biology

Me, Myself and My Microbiome: Meet the Trillions of Microbes You've Unknowingly Been Living With

Department: Biology
Not all microbes are bad. Our body houses trillions of microbes that help keep us healthy. Come explore this microbial world inside us; discover your unique microbial signature and how it affects everything from your immunity to your behavior!Have you ever wondered what makes you “You”? Is it just your unique DNA? Would you believe it, if you were told that there...
Biology

Modeling Living Systems: The Principles of Life

Department: Biology
Why can some cancer types elude treatments? How come we still haven't found a vaccine for HIV? Why do antibiotics sometimes work and sometimes don't? Adaptation, while providing quite a general answer to these questions, is not at all illustrative. This one simple principle governs many very different phenomena that we encounter in everyday life. The key to understanding...
Biology

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry: From DNA to Enzymes

Department: Biology
Molecular biology and biochemistry are two closely related fields where the properties of key biological molecules, such as proteins and DNA, and how they interact with each other in living organisms are studied. Research in these areas has become so successful at explaining living processes that it is used in almost all areas of the life sciences from medicine to the study...
Biology

Moral Medicine: Questions in Bioethics at the Cutting Edge

Department: Biology
Medical science has brought enormous advantages in the 21st century: extending human life and reducing suffering. However, there are also major ethical and practical concerns arising with scientific progress. How do we frame, re-frame, and decide these controversial issues as ethicists, doctors, individuals, and as a society?In this course, students will develop an...
Biology

Organic and Biochemistry: Key Pathways to Success for the Pre-Med Student

Department: Biology
Organic and biochemistry are the foundation sciences for the life sciences discipline. Students hoping to have a medical career need to have a strong foundation in chemistry. The MCAT exams given to college students hoping to enter medical, dental, or veterinary schools contain a number of sections devoted to general, organic, and biochemistry.The course begins with...
Biology

Research Techniques in Biomedical Fields

Department: Biology
Doctors work to treat diseases, but scientists work to cure them. Have you ever wondered about the work that goes on behind the scenes in Medicine? Do you want to find out what it is like to work in a laboratory and be a real "lab rat"? This laboratory intensive course is designed to expose students to basic laboratory research, current topics, and techniques in molecular...
Biology

Scholar-Athlete: Back from the Bench: Sports Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation

Department: Biology
Approximately 80% of high school athletes will experience a significant sport-related injury at some point in their athletic career. In this interactive course we will explore the relationship between injury, injury prevention and improving sports performance. This course offers clarity on what really matters in prevention, rehabilitation, and return to sport to enjoy a...
Biology

Scholar-Athlete: Sport Physiology

Department: Biology
As soon as you body is in motion your Autonomic Nervous System takes charge. Blood is shunted to Muscles for Oxygen delivery. Muscles use the Oxygen to make energy. Blood is diverted to skin to ward off excess heat and stabilize temperature. Respiration increases to expire excess Carbon Dioxide and pH is maintained. Breathe volume increases to gain extra Oxygen. Blood...
Biology

Science of Running and Secrets of Elite Performance

Department: Biology
If you run long enough, you will eventually find a limit. A point where you decide to stop. The reasons you stop are at the center of this course.

The Science of Running and the Secrets of Elite Performance explores how the body responds to the stress of running and the mind confronts the perception of fatigue. This course underscores how endurance training increases...
Biology

So You Want to Be a Doctor?

Department: Biology
Is a career in medicine right for you? This course is designed to help you answer that question. Experience the study of medicine in a whole new way and get a taste of what medical school and practicing medicine in a variety of different medical specialties would be like. Participants in this class will:

• Study gross anatomy, histology, physiology, and microbiology in...
Biology

So You Want to be a Laboratory Scientist?

Department: Biology
Have you ever wondered what DNA looks like? Are you curious about what it is like in a laboratory, working to solve problems in the medical field? Have you ever wanted to solve a crime?

This course is designed to expose middle school students to basic laboratory research in the fields of biotechnology, microbiology, medicine, forensics and general laboratory techniques....
Biology

Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

Department: Biology
There's a lot of controversy surrounding embryonic stem cells, but did you know that there are many types of stem cells in the body and that some are already being used to treat diseases? In this course, you'll learn about what stem cells are, what they do, and their importance to research and medicine. You’ll even learn how to culture mammalian cells. Discover how stems...
Biology

Techniques in DNA-Based Biotechnology

Department: Biology
The development of powerful tools in molecular biology has led to an explosion in our understanding of genes and the factors controlling their expression. Illuminating research, including recent Nobel Prize winning work, is beginning to reveal the significant role of RNA, a molecule long thought to be merely a "messenger."Through extensive laboratory work, students...
Biology

The Body: An Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology

Department: Biology
This course explores the structure and function of the human body at multiple levels: individual cells, their coming together to form tissues, the organization of tissues into organs, organs working together as parts of organ systems, and finally how those organ systems support one another to maintain the body. Normal structure and function are presented as a starting point,...
Biology

The Great Diseases: Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Infections

Department: Biology
This course will explore the big killers of mankind. Students will gain a better understanding of the history of disease and the biological reasons diseases occur.In examining the major diseases that afflict man, we will explore cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, like Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s, autoimmune diseases, and...
Biology

Tropical Marine Biology

Department: Biology
Tropical marine environments are as fascinating biologically as they are thrilling to see in person — colorful coral reefs, dense mangrove forests, seagrass beds with manatees, open ocean large pelagics. In lectures, activities and field trips, we will dive into the diversity of nature in the tropical oceans and understand how these ecosystems develop, evolve, and persist...
Biology

Unravel the Mysteries of Human Diseases in a Worm!

Department: Biology
Have you ever wondered how scientists study human diseases? The nematode (roundworm) Ceanorhabditis elegans is an outstanding genetic model to study biological problems related to human disease.In this project-based laboratory course, students will be introduced to one of the most widely used model organisms in research laboratories, the free-living microscopic roundworm....
Biology

Brain Basics: From Biology to Behavior

Department: Biology - Neuroscience
The study of the brain as a biological structure is very different from the study of any other organ in the body. The cells that make up the brain, neurons, share many of the same fundamental characteristics with other cells of the body (exocytosis, manufacturing of proteins, metabolism, growth). However, the functions of these cells result in products that are quite unique...
Biology - Neuroscience

Computer Modeling of the Brain

Department: Biology - Neuroscience
The human brain is one of the most complicated and mysterious systems on the planet. In recent decades, a huge push has been made to understand the brain through computer modeling. A large number of scientists have been involved in the development of these models not only to advance our understanding and treatments of neurological and psychiatric illnesses, but also to help...
Biology - Neuroscience

From Brain to Sensation: The Neurobiology of Your Five Senses

Department: Biology - Neuroscience
Our world is alive with stimuli and our brains have the unique ability to not only detect these stimuli, but also transform them into rich perceptions of our everyday experiences. How does it accomplish this monumental task so flawlessly? In "From Brain to Sensation", we will explore the neurobiology of your 5 senses, and more, in an attempt to understand just this.In...
Biology - Neuroscience

How Our Experiences Shape Our Brains: An Experimental Approach

Department: Biology - Neuroscience
Our brains are the driving force of our actions but our environment and past decisions can greatly shape our brains. In this hands-on and lab-based course we will examine the bidirectional link between brain and behavior. We will take advantage of innate and learned behaviors to experiment and ultimately attempt to understand how our past experiences can change our brains,...
Biology - Neuroscience

Introduction to Biopsychology and Neuroscience

Department: Biology - Neuroscience
The primary objective of this course is to gain a strong knowledge foundation in the organization and function of the nervous system. Throughout the course, we will explore the various methods and theories that begin to explain both normal and abnormal human behavior. Throughout this course, we will cover a broad range of topics in biopsychology including basic neuroanatomy...
Biology - Neuroscience

Mammalian Brain and Behavior

Department: Biology - Neuroscience
Our brain is the most complex and fascinating structure in the universe. It is the only organ within the body that controls all of our sensations, emotions and movements. It allows us to have thoughts about our day, and hopes and dreams about the future. But how does the brain accomplish such a task?Students should expect an introductory survey of the concepts and...
Biology - Neuroscience

Neuroeconomics: The Science of Decision Making

Department: Biology - Neuroscience
What happens in your brain when you decide to buy a lottery ticket or go on a date with someone? What about when you spend hundreds of dollars on an expensive gadget that you stop using after a few months, or when you decide to say something that you should have known would be embarrassing? Are economic decisions and decisions in general the result of a messy fight between...
Biology - Neuroscience

Neuroscience in Action: Understanding Our Brains and Nervous Systems

Department: Biology - Neuroscience
The human brain has more than 85 billion nerve cells, also known as neurons. Ever since the original description of the neuron by Santiago Ramón y Cajal in the 19th century, neuroscientists have known that understanding the neuron is key toward understanding how the brain works. This course is an introduction to neuroscience in which we will examine the inner workings of...
Biology - Neuroscience

Neuroscience in Health and Disease

Department: Biology - Neuroscience
Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and networks of nerve cells, or neurons, that travel throughout the body. Although the field of neuroscience is relatively new, it is growing and expanding at a very rapid rate.This is an exciting, interactive course with many hands-on activities to explore the brain and the nervous...
Biology - Neuroscience

Psychoactive Drugs: Brain, Body, Society

Department: Biology - Neuroscience
Have you ever wondered about the difference between recreational and medicinal usage of psychoactive drugs (drugs that alter mood and behavior)? Are there basic differences in the action of psychoactive drugs when they are taken for recreational versus medicinal purposes? And how does society decide how to categorize psychoactive drugs: which ones to make legal and which...
Biology - Neuroscience

The Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience

Department: Biology - Neuroscience

Introduction to the mammalian nervous system with emphasis on the structure and function of the human brain. Topics include the function of nerve cells, sensory systems, control of movement and speech, learning and memory, emotion, and diseases of the brain.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites, but knowledge of biology and chemistry at the high school level is assumed.

Biology - Neuroscience

The Neuroscience of Animal Behavior

Department: Biology - Neuroscience
Have you ever wondered how animals communicate? Do they express emotions like humans? Can they learn to solve problems? This activity- and field trip-based course will explore these questions and more as we learn the key concepts of animal behavior.This course will change the way you think about nature. We will investigate numerous innate and learned behaviors, including...
Biology - Neuroscience

The Psychology of Time

Department: Biology - Neuroscience
Have you ever wondered why time seems to fly by when you are reading a good novel, but crawl at a snail-like pace when you are waiting anxiously to de-board a plane? The experience of "time passing" is incredibly different in these two situations, and this difference plays an important role in how we understand other aspects of cognition such as attention and memory. This...
Biology - Neuroscience

Think About It! An Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience

Department: Biology - Neuroscience
Have you ever thought about how your brain works? Do you want to know how people think? Using state of the art technology, we will study the inner workings of the brain while seeing firsthand the power of these incredible organs. “Think about It” is a one week intensive pre-college course that introduces students to cognitive neuroscience. The central goals of this...
Biology - Neuroscience

Ancient Greek Theater Production

Department: Classics
What did the ancient Greeks do for entertainment? Today we have movies, concerts, YouTube, and countless other sources of amusement. For the ancient Greeks, theater was the main game in town. Every year, companies of citizen actors would produce original, large budget plays. The competition was fierce; the prizes: glory, gold, and undying fame.This is a performance-focused...
Classics

Playing with Death: Games in the Ancient World

Department: Classics
The vast majority of courses taught on ancient history and/or religion focus on the presentation of facts in a lecture style. This course will do the opposite. In focusing on the games of the ancient world, the majority of which deal with the overarching theme of the afterlife, students will learn the history and religion of these cultures in a novel way. At the conclusion...
Classics

The Many Faces of Rome

Department: Classics
Study with Brown University in Rome, Italy!

This intensive two-week course introduces the complexities and beauties of Rome, an ancient and vibrant metropolis. Designed for high school students without prior experience in Rome, the course introduces students to workshops and lectures by world-class Brown faculty, as well as immersive Italian language studies, all in the...
Classics

A Data-Centric Introduction to Programming

Department: Computer Science
An introduction to computer programming with a focus on skills needed for data-intensive applications. Topics include core constructs for processing both tabular and structured data; decomposing problems into programming tasks; data structures; algorithms; and testing programs for correct behavior.

This course is not intended for CS concentrators. In particular, it does...
Computer Science

Big Data Now!

Department: Computer Science
How come when you search the internet or check Facebook, there always seems to be something just for you? Like the enormous amount of information on College Scoreboard there to help guide you towards your dream college, data is everywhere around us. But what is Big Data really? How is it changing the world we live in? As data science generates new revolutions in every aspect...
Computer Science

Coding New Tools for Care, Inclusion and Expression

Department: Computer Science
In this class we will explore opportunities for tailoring new technologies to accommodate the wide diversity of human ways of being in the world. We will explore simple strategies for enhancing human capacities for movement, perception, communication, creative expression, and resilient responses to challenging environments. This course will focus on learning to program easy-to-use,...
Computer Science

Cybersecurity Ethics

Department: Computer Science
Bots, trolls, fake news, privacy, freedom of information, government transparency, liberty, autonomy, artificial intelligence, big data, data analytics, encryption, human rights, intellectual property, open source, corporate social responsibility, business ethics, averting cyberwar, humanitarian law, white, gray, and black hat hacking, fair information practices, behavioral...
Computer Science

Hiding in Plain Sight: An Introduction to the Art of Cryptography

Department: Computer Science
Since the ancient world, humans have been captivated with the idea of "hidden writing". From decoding the Enigma during World War II to the World Wide Web, cryptography has shaped the world as we know it today. We see a wide range of "secure" applications everyday, from one-time passwords and two-factor authentication to the encrypted hard disks and even WhatsApp messages....
Computer Science

Introduction to Statistical Programming in R

Department: Computer Science
We will use the statistical programming language R to solve problems and analyze and graphically represent data. R is a popular programming language for statistics and data mining, and is a great first language to learn.Advances in computing power have enabled scientists to amass huge amounts of data on everything from genetics to climate science, but there is a need...
Computer Science

Introduction to Systems Thinking: Game Design and Learning

Department: Computer Science
How do people learn, and how do games help people learn? In this workshop-based seminar, we will explore these questions by designing, reflecting upon, and critiquing our own games.Solving the complex problems of the 21st-century requires systems thinking- the “art of seeing the forest and the trees.” Yet, learning systems thinking as a decontextualized theory...
Computer Science

Learn to Program in Five Days

Department: Computer Science
This course is a whirlwind introduction to programming in Python. No programming experience is expected or required. By the end of the week, you will be able to design, execute, and debug your own code.The goal of this course is to learn how to program using Python, a highly popular, easy-to-learn programming language. Though the course is fast-paced, it assumes no...
Computer Science

Physical Computing with Python and Microcontrollers

Department: Computer Science
'Physical computing' refers to the collection of tools and techniques that allows computers to interact with the physical world. Microcontrollers such as the popular Arduino(™) -- are the simplest, lowest-cost computers useful for physical computing -- typically costing tens of dollars, and capable of running single, simple programs, useful for basic physical interactions....
Computer Science

An Introduction to Game Theory

Department: Economics
An Introduction to Game Theory is a three-week core course in behavioral economics. Game theory is the systematic study of strategic interactions that are present everywhere, not only in economics but in politics, sociology, law, computer science, and sports.The main goal of the course is to introduce students to the basic concepts and tools of game theory and to...
Economics

Behavioral Economics in Medicine & Public Health

Department: Economics
This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners (https://precollege.brown.edu/for-english-language-learners) interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting.You have an exam in the morning, but your friends are going out tonight. Even though you want to do well on the exam, you still stay out...
Economics

Behavioral Game Theory: Experiments in Strategic Interaction

Department: Economics
Game theory is used to understand human behavior. The course will start with the study of the basic concepts of game theory and then will move on to the study of decision making by real people who are not perfectly rational. The course will help students understand how people really interact with each other in daily life, using both economic theory and experiments in economics.Standard...
Economics

Economania

Department: Economics
Do good-looking people earn more? Are 'Emily' and 'Greg' more employable than 'Lakisha' and 'Jamal'? Can cancer affect housing prices? Does living near a fast food restaurant cause obesity? Is corruption a cultural trait? This one-week core economics course will examine selected discoveries in applied microeconomics and explain them in easy-to-understand terms, introducing...
Economics

Econometrics: Statistical Tools to Understand Economic Data

Department: Economics
We are exposed to economic data and statistical analysis wherever we go: at the supermarket through prices and quantities of goods, at school through relative performance and GPAs, and in advertising through comparisons between the new iPhone 6 and a competitor’s model. Understanding the message is not an issue, but being a critical user of that information requires a...
Economics

Economics of Everyday Life for Everyday Life

Department: Economics
This class is intended as an overview of basic economics. It is an informed-citizens guide to economics of everyday life. The goal is to give the student a working knowledge of the basic economic theory and economic institutions. The class is interesting due to the fact that as students become familiar with how market works, they interact with the lessons to apply the...
Economics

Financial Accounting

Department: Economics

Basic accounting theory and practice. Accounting procedures for various forms of business organizations.

Prerequisites: None

Economics

Follow the Money: Capital and Finance in American Life

Department: Economics
The objective of this class is to bring clarity to the sometimes elusive nature of the financial system, and show its development in historical perspective. In doing so, it demonstrates that advent of an economy organized around capital was neither the inevitable product of market forces nor a preordained product of industrial development.

This approach demonstrates that...
Economics

How a Nation's Economy Works: An Introduction to Macroeconomics

Department: Economics
“Our economy is the result of millions of decisions we all make every day about producing, earning, saving, investing, and spending.”
-- Dwight David Eisenhower

Students should think of this three-week core course as An Intelligent Citizen’s Guide to Macroeconomics that provides them with a better understanding of many important public policy issues, plus insight...
Economics

I Heart Startups: An Entrepreneurship Incubator

Department: Economics
This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting.This course is focused on giving students a an introduction to the startup environment. We will look at the entrepreneurial process while continually developing the skills needed to succeed as a "thought...
Economics

Intro to Microeconomics

Department: Economics
This is a core course in introductory microeconomic theory, introducing students to the fundamental principles of how to think like an economist. By the end of the course, students should be able to combine abstract concepts with formal analytical tools in order to understand how consumers and producers make optimal choices, and how these choices affect real market outcomes....
Economics

Introduction to the Global Business Environment

Department: Economics
In this course, we will analyze how different configurations of key elements--the market, the participants, the institutions, and the external factors--constitute the global business environment. It is an environment in which each participant wants to optimize a measure of welfare: for example, firms make production and pricing decisions in order to maximize profits (or...
Economics

Making Informed Financial Decisions in Today's World Economy

Department: Economics
This course introduces students to concepts and tools needed to understand basic economic decision making. By examining how individuals, governments, and businesses allocate resources, students will gain an understanding of the environment in which resource decisions are made. In this course, we focus on economic analysis rather than investments. We examine some of the instruments...
Economics

Principles of Economics

Department: Economics

Extensive coverage of economic issues, institutions, and vocabulary, plus an introduction to economic analysis and its application to current social problems. Required for all economics concentrators. Course serves as a prerequisite for ECON 1110, 1130, 1210 and 1620. Serves as a general course for students who will take no other economics courses and want a broad introduction to the discipline.

Prerequisites: None

Economics

Technology and Its Effect on Business and World Economies

Department: Economics
In 1980, three television stations provided entertainment, telephones were stuck to walls, computers took up entire rooms, and people found facts in books and consumer goods in a store. Today, smart chips no bigger than a fingernail hold more information than the computer of the 1980s, Google processes 1.2 trillion Internet searches per year worldwide, e-commerce sales topped...
Economics

The Entrepreneurial Process: Turning Ideas into Commercial Realities

Department: Economics
Being an entrepreneur means being willing to take risks, look at things in new ways, and challenge convention with your creativity. In this course, you’ll learn how the entrepreneurial process can work, as well as the ways innovation of products and services are developed and managed. We’ll look at entrepreneurial ventures within both start-up and fully developed businesses....
Economics

The Theory and Practice of Sustainable Investing

Department: Economics
21st century businesses and investors face a broadening and deepening array of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) risks and opportunities. Climate change, water scarcity, community conflicts, resource depletion, supply chain breakdowns, worker well-being and economic inequality pose present material challenges that make sustainability an imperative for successful...
Economics

An Introduction to Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Department: Egyptian
The language of the Ancient Egyptians has been a source of fascination for millennia, but how can an interested student begin to learn such an obscure subject? This course will provide an entry point to the rich field of Egyptology by looking at the Egyptian language as it is known to modern scholars. Through the use of carefully selected texts and activities designed to...
Egyptian

Alternative Energy Engineering: An Introduction

Department: Engineering
One of the most pressing issues of modern times is how we will satisfy our future energy needs and what influence this might have on global warming. This course pursues developing intuitive insights into the benefits and limitations of various approaches to energy generation, and how to differentiate between hype, scientific analysis, and political interference. This course...
Engineering

Biomedical Engineering and Device Design

Department: Engineering
This hands-on course is an introduction to biomedical engineering with a focus on neuroscience and instrumentation. Medical devices use a variety of sensors to record signals from the body that are important for understanding and treating diseases. For example, pacemakers are devices that are implanted in the heart to sense and control heart rate. When the pacemaker senses...
Engineering

Biomedical Engineering: The Smart Design of Medical Implants and Devices

Department: Engineering
Are you passionate about innovative approaches to improving human health? Biomedical engineers apply principles of biology, medicine, and science, along with problem-solving skills and critical thinking, to a broad spectrum of problems, from designing regenerative medicine and new methods of drug delivery to micro-devices and gene therapy.

In this course, you will explore...
Engineering

Building Flying Machines: The Science of Flying from Earth to Space

Department: Engineering
Have you ever looked at an airplane and wanted to know how it works? Have you ever wanted to know how NASA launches satellites into outer space to reach their final destination thousands of miles away? Would you like to build machines that fly? If you want to investigate flying, aerospace, rocket science, airplanes, satellites, drones and astronauts, then this course is...
Engineering

Engineering Biomedical Systems

Department: Engineering
Have you ever wondered how scientists make pacemakers or grow cartilage for joint repair? In this course, you will learn how these scientists, called biomedical engineers, develop devices and tissue-engineered technologies that often times save lives!The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to biomedical engineering analysis, specifically relating to device...
Engineering

Engineering Design Studio Learning by Making in the Brown Design Workshop

Department: Engineering
The importance of design practice and developing hands on approaches to solving engineering projects is becoming increasingly important in industry and academia. Multidisciplinary projects are pioneering the way we think and engage with technology. From MIT’s prestigious Media Lab to Google and Space-X, the future of innovation relies on students with equally creative...
Engineering

Engineering Your Own Smart Home: Custom Home Automation with Arduino

Department: Engineering
In what has been termed "The Second Industrial Revolution", millions of "makers" from around the world are collaborating via the internet to create amazing inventions using open source hardware and software. A major catalyst for this explosion of imagination is the Arduino platform, which includes a microcontroller and free software with which to program it. Arduino boards...
Engineering

Fluid Mechanics Through Hovercraft Physics

Department: Engineering
This course introduces students to the wide world of fluid mechanics, an area that covers vast scientific fields such as aerospace engineering, bacteria locomotion, and combustion dynamics, and which is fundamental for flight, rocketry, swimming, bio-locomotion, and countless other topics in engineering. We will focus on the physics and engineering of fluids and visualize...
Engineering

Flying Robots: How to Build and Program Small UAV's Using the Robot Operating System

Department: Engineering
This course will combine both hardware and software skills, teaching you not just how to build a UAV, but how to control that UAV with the robot operating system (ROS). This will lay a foundation for controlling other robots, from vacuum cleaners to humanoid robotic arms. You will learn basics in electronics, linux, ROS, and PID controllers. The course will be hands on and...
Engineering

Introduction to Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Printing

Department: Engineering
This course is a week long introduction to the basics of the CAD package Solidworks. This CAD software will be used to help you create solutions for engineering design challenges presented in this course.Engineering has changed tremendously in the past few decades. Some of the most notable changes can be found in how computers are used by engineers to quickly develop...
Engineering

Introduction to Engineering and Design

Department: Engineering
Are you considering a career in engineering? Are you fascinated by what engineers do?

This course is modeled in part after the popular undergraduate course at Brown, “Introduction to Engineering.” In this course, high school students will be given the same opportunity to experience engineering and design first hand. Students will gain an understanding of the fundamentals...
Engineering

Introduction to Mechanical Engineering: Design and Experimentation

Department: Engineering
Do you want to learn what it takes to be an engineer? There are many kinds of engineers; those who specialize in building bridges, designing submarines, or building massive off-shore wind turbines. While it might be daunting to figure out what type of engineering is right for you, this class will show you many of the different types of work that engineers do.

Engineering...
Engineering

Leadership and the Future of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Department: Engineering
Scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, and emerging technologies have a major impact on our everyday lives in the 21st century. They provide new insight into our complex world and address a range of global needs and problems. Few pre-college students are exposed to cutting edge research that will likely lead to the future of science, technology and medicine. In...
Engineering

Materials Engineering: A Revolution in the Making

Department: Engineering
What do you think will be the greatest, coolest invention of this century? Many of the greatest scientists and technologists believe that this will be in the field of Materials research: "of new materials that have amazing properties,” and what’s more, “are capable of changing themselves to suit their requirements.” Though we know of an amazing array of materials,...
Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering: Designing for Society's Needs

Department: Engineering
Are you interested in learning more about the materials that surround our everyday lives? How might newly developed, advanced materials positively impact society? In this course, you will explore the mathematical and scientific fundamentals behind the field of materials science and engineering. You will explore the current state of the art in engineering design as you test...
Engineering

Mechanical Engineering How Lizards Run on Water and Other Incredible Feats of Fluids

Department: Engineering
The unobservable universe is the key to some of the most intriguing features of our reality. Fluid mechanics provides an insight into the mechanisms of many natural and artificial processes that are part of our everyday lives. However, to observe the most mysterious and fantastic attributes of fluids and their interaction with their surroundings we must overcome the limits...
Engineering

Mechatronic Design for AI-Controlled Rovers

Department: Engineering
Mechatronics involves the design of mechanical devices which require electrical components and programming for intelligence—intelligence as either inflexible feedback control, or adaptable artificial neural networks. Here we explore the use of artificial networks in the service of mechanical rovers participating in contests of “Last Rover Roving.”The class will...
Engineering

Power from the Sun: Possibilities, Realities, and Career Paths in the Solar Energy Industry

Department: Engineering
The solar energy industry is a wide-ranging, multidisciplinary, and fast-growing field that offers a multitude of opportunities for people interested in advancing this promising renewable energy technology. This course will guide you in exploring this work, identifying which aspects of the industry are a good match for your interests, and designing an educational path to...
Engineering

Renewable Energy Engineering: Wind and Solar Power

Department: Engineering
The demand for energy is expected to grow 30% by 2040. What role can engineers play in developing renewable energy sources? In this course, you will explore some of the science, math, and technology that is used to extract energy from renewable resources. You will:
• Apply engineering concepts and principles to solving renewable energy issues
• Examine how wind energy...
Engineering

Robotics - Programming and Innovation

Department: Engineering
Do you like LEGOs? Do you like robots? Do you want to learn to code? Have you ever wanted to make your LEGOs come to life? If you answered yes to any of these, come join us as we explore the fun and exciting world of robotics.This robotics/programing course will feature fully customizable LEGO robotic creations as well as an introduction to the Arduino microcontroller....
Engineering

The Creative Process: Making Your Ideas Come Alive

Department: Engineering
The most useful skill in the world – no matter what your field of interest – is coming up with exciting ideas and then productively making them happen. This intensive two-week course will guide students to build a creative process and workflow that allows them to sidestep fear and procrastination and happily and confidently create whatever it is they love -- essays,...
Engineering

The Final Frontier of the Electromagnetic Spectrum: the Terahertz Gap

Department: Engineering
The course will introduce students to one of the most fascinating and relatively new engineering research fields, namely, Terahertz (THz) Science & Technology; or in short, the THz field.

The THz field deals with the generation, detection, and manipulation of electromagnetic waves in the THz frequency range. THz waves bridge the gap between microwaves and light-waves, spanning...
Engineering

Classic Short Stories

Department: English
This course will introduce you to a selection of works by important writers of the short story. We shall explore the richness and diversity of short fiction through close reading and discussion, both of which should give you an appreciation of the short story in general and of our writers' countries and histories in particular. Our focus will be on authorial strategies...
English

Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction

Department: English
This intensive, fiction writing program offers a blend of small workshops, group writing sessions, and presentations by practicing writers, which will inspire students to consider writing as a process and to experiment with new approaches and modes of creativity. Students will grow as a writer, hone their creative skills, and deepen their passion for the writer's craft....
English

Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry

Department: English
This intensive, poetry writing program offers a blend of small workshops, group writing sessions, and presentations by practicing writers, which will inspire students to experiment with new approaches and modes of creativity. Students will grow as a writer, hone their creative skills, and deepen their passion for the writer's craft.

Participants explore numerous creative...
English

Critical Reading and Writing I: The Academic Essay

Department: English
An introduction to university-level writing. Students produce and revise multiple drafts of essays, practice essential skills of paragraph organization, and develop techniques of critical analysis and research. Readings from a wide range of texts in literature, the media, and academic disciplines. Assignments move from personal response papers to formal academic essays....
English

Experimental Writing

Department: English
Experimental Writing is an invitation for students to challenge what they have been taught about writing. The course asks: How radical can we get? and, What about audience--is experimental writing by definition hostile to readers, or can we experiment toward greater inclusiveness? Perhaps counter-intuitively, Experimental Writing promotes the thoughtful consideration of...
English

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

Department: English
What kind of stories can we tell when we give up fiction? How can we write about ourselves and the world and not be dull?

By reading as writers, identifying (and experimenting with) genre, and by writing, we will explore several varieties of the creative nonfiction essay, including memoir, lyric essay, and travel writing. Readings are meant to illustrate and to inspire,...
English

Introduction to Fiction Writing

Department: English
The overarching theme is how to write stories that make a reader think and make a reader feel. We are surrounded by stories—they're like air—yet writing compelling stories is requires work, craft, technique, and a hearty dose of bravery. The objectives of this course are to give students the toolkit they need to write effective and moving fictions, to be more nuanced...
English

Literature, Culture, and American Identities

Department: English
This course is designed to expose students to the diversity of contemporary American literature while developing interpretative skills for the close reading and written analysis of texts. By the end of this course, students will be familiar with major concepts in literary and cultural studies such as globalization, democracy, diaspora, genre, and representation. Through...
English

Love Stories

Department: English

What do we talk about when we talk about love? We will see how writers have addressed this question from Shakespeare's day to the present. Writers may include Shakespeare, Austen, Eliot, Flaubert, Graham Greene, Marilynne Robinson, and/or others. Students should register for ENGL 0100P S01 and may be assigned to conference sections by the instructor during the first week of class. WRIT

English

Medical Diagnostics: Observation, Interpretation, the Art of Being a Better MD

Department: English
There’s a reason medicine is referred to as an art. While science is certainly integral to the field of medicine, equally important are more qualitative abilities in observation, interpretation, navigating ambiguity and emotional complexity, and facing the unknown. This highly experiential course will explore how such skills are essential to good doctoring, and can make...
English

Narratives of Revolution and (post)Colonialism: Race, Gender, and Human Rights

Department: English
The objective of this course is to have students develop their critical-thinking skills orally and in written form and to engage with questions of race, gender, and human rights through readings and screenings of postcolonial narratives. Students will partake in discussions of colonialism in Africa, and engage with a diverse canonical corpus comprised of film, theory, and...
English

Party Girls: Feminist Fiction Up Till Dawn, 1815 - 2015

Department: English
“This is the luxury of a large party, one can get near every body and say every thing.” This provocative line from Jane Austen’s Emma begs the question: why do we throw, attend, and obsess over parties? From strategizing invite lists to picking out the perfect dress, from rehearsing banal small talk to repeating scandalous gossip, from the nervousness of getting ready...
English

Putting Your Ideas Into Words

Department: English
This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting.Do you ever wish you could express your thoughts in a clearer and more compelling manner? Do you have convincing arguments and brilliant insights in your mind that just don't seem to translate into...
English

Read, Think, Write - Approaching the College Essay

Department: English
This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting.Despite our increasing reliance on screens in our 21st-century lives, reading and writing remain crucial skills in any discipline. This course is designed to prepare students to write at the university...
English

Reading and Writing Workshop I: Utopia and Dystopia

Department: English
This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting.This intensive two-week workshop is intended for high school students who are not native speakers of English and who wish to strengthen their reading and writing skills. As the cornerstone of good...
English

Reading and Writing Workshop II: Reflection and Reaction

Department: English
This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting.This intensive two-week workshop is intended for high school students who are not native speakers of English and who wish to strengthen their reading and writing skills. As the cornerstone of good...
English

Reading, Writing, Traveling: An Exploration in Creative Nonfiction

Department: English
Who says you need to board a plane or take a road trip to travel? Wherever you are, being “in the moment” provides each of us a unique window of experience. Good writers open up those windows for others with words by sharing their personal experience with vividness and intelligence. Reading inspires us to travel because we want to experience the places we read about...
English

Storytelling in the Digital Age: Narrative Analysis, Story Craft, and Media Production

Department: English
Stories have an enduring, compelling power. What makes them work? What influence do technologies for crafting and sharing them have on narrative creativity and imagination? In this course, we learn old and new forms of storytelling and interpretation, and how to put them to use in the new media context. Students dissect films, texts, and interactive platforms, and refashion...
English

Who Are You To Judge? Modernist Fiction and Judgment

Department: English
Who is allowed to judge? Who is capable of it? Can the individual who judges separate herself from the judged? And by what law, category, and ethical right does judgement take place? This course will examine in what ways judgement, both juridical and social, becomes a problem in the twentieth century. By looking at questions of race, class, ethics, and philosophy, we will...
English

Writing Flash Fiction

Department: English
Flash fiction is a story boiled down to its essence, one that hinges on a single word, a phrase or a fragment. In this class will learn by doing. We will write every evening and workshop in every class. We will read the work of a variety of modern authors, learning from those who have come before us. This is a class for exploring and pushing language, it is for students...
English

Writing for College and Beyond

Department: English
Are you ready to start writing the way college students write? Challenge yourself intellectually and creatively as you explore and experience writing as a form of inquiry, and a part of social conversation.

The first half of this course offers you the chance to think carefully about writing narrative prose, which is in effect a form of storytelling. Thus you begin the course...
English

Writing Seminar: Composing the Academic Essay

Department: English
Based on Brown’s well-regarded Academic Essay course, in this class you will learn how to organize and craft a well-researched academic essay that explores a topic of your choice on an issue that matters to you. You will develop an idea, expand and support it with evidence, articulate it by means of a carefully-structured argument, and conclude it with implications for...
English

Writing Seminar: Putting Yourself into Words

Department: English
This week-long workshop will explore the balance between self-expression and effective communication essential to writing powerful personal narratives, college admissions essays, and creative reflections. As you write and receive feedback daily, you’ll learn not only about purpose, revision, and style, but also about writing as a means of exploring, learning, figuring...
English

Writing Seminar: Writing the Expository Essay

Department: English
This course is designed to teach you how to introduce your voice into an academic conversation. You will learn how to closely read primary texts, summarize arguments, evaluate and respond to critical sources, incorporate evidence and cite references, and employ a variety of rhetorical tools and strategies that will strengthen your position.Students will study and...
English

Writing Speculative Fiction

Department: English
In this class we will write. A lot. We will write every day. And by doing so, we will develop as story tellers. We will look at work from the early days of the genre to work written last week. We will look at these stories not only out of a love for sci-fi, but also out of an interest in language. We will see how the great stories were crafted and use that knowledge to inform...
English

Writing the College Admissions Essay

Department: English
The main objective of this course is to teach high-school students how to write a personal statement for their college applications.Wondering how you're going to describe yourself in 500 words? Talk about your dreams without using cliches? Don't you want to set yourself apart from the rest of the college-bound hopefuls? In this week-long seminar, students will receive...
English

Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Alaska

Department: Environmental Studies
Study with Brown University in Alaska!

BELL is a unique outdoor learning laboratory. The courses draw their curricula from many different disciplines: history, biology, geology, economics, environmental studies, and leadership theory. In this course, students will travel to southern Alaska to experience, first-hand, the beauty and complexities of present-day Alaska. Learning...
Environmental Studies

Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Florida Keys

Department: Environmental Studies
Study with Brown University in Key Largo, Florida!

Brown Environmental Leadership Labs (BELL) combines concepts in environmental studies, ecology, and leadership, with a mission of developing socially responsible leaders. Students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to create positive change on environmental issues facing their local communities and the...
Environmental Studies

Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Rhode Island

Department: Environmental Studies
Brown Environmental Leadership Labs (BELL) combines content in environmental studies, ecology, and leadership, with a mission of developing socially responsible leaders. Students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to create positive change on environmental issues facing their local communities and the planet as a whole.

Over the course of two weeks,...
Environmental Studies

Exploring the World of Marine Science

Department: Environmental Studies
Have you ever wanted to be a marine biologist? How about exploring the ocean and understanding the world of marine science? Come join us and learn about Narragansett Bay in-depth by using Save The Bay’s waterfront Bay Center laboratory, classroom, and shoreline. Students will also conduct fieldwork aboard Save The Bay’s education vessels and travel to remote locations...
Environmental Studies

Human Evolution and the Environment

Department: Environmental Studies
Why did humans evolve and what environmental changes forced humans to move throughout the world? How did Homo sapiens become the most adaptable species on Earth today? The convergence of anthropology and climatology forms a fascinating field of study into our species’ past. In Human Evolution and the Environment, we will take a journey through the emergence of humankind...
Environmental Studies

Marine Life in the Balance Protecting a Changing Estuary Ecosystem

Department: Environmental Studies
Eelgrass, seaweed, crabs, fish and seals are part of a large community of plants and animals living in a unique home; Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island’s huge and important estuary. An estuary, where the rivers meet the sea, is the foundation of life in marine systems and is considered to be one of the most productive and biodiverse ecosystems on the planet. Today, estuaries...
Environmental Studies

Studying the Ocean from Blackboard to Drones

Department: Environmental Studies
At 1.33 billion cubic km and covering roughly ⅔ of Earth’s total surface area, the global ocean is the largest body of water in the world. It’s mysteries have intrigued humans over the course of history, and scientists have spent decades attempting to observe and understand the wonders of the ocean. This course is designed to introduce students to the basic principles...
Environmental Studies

The Cloud Forest: Costa Rica

Department: Environmental Studies
Study with Brown University in Monteverde, Costa Rica!

Join Brown University in San Luis de Monteverde, Costa Rica to study the cloud forest from a different perspective - high up in the trees! If you are an adventurous and curious person who is passionate about science and nature, this course is for you! Students will study a beautiful and unique ecosystem -the tropical...
Environmental Studies

Tiny Solutions for Big Problems: Introduction to Environmental Nanotechnology

Department: Environmental Studies
There are no shortage of environmental problems facing the world today. Whether it be toxic metals in water supplies, too much carbon dioxide (CO2) production, or even just how society talks about environmental problems in general. How can we possibly begin to solve such big problems? Nanotechnology offers "nano"-sized solutions that can make a huge difference. This course...
Environmental Studies

When Disaster Strikes

Department: Environmental Studies
This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting.Hurricane Katrina. The Indian Ocean Tsunami. The Lisbon Earthquake. The Black Plague. What are disasters, why do they happen, and how do we make sense of them? Are they Acts of God or the whims of...
Environmental Studies

Immersive Italian

Department: Foreign Languages
Study with Brown University in Rome, Italy!

Why learn Italian only in the classroom when you're in Italy? The city of Rome will be our classroom as we take our course out onto the street for a unique and immersive learning experience. Students learn Italian organically, by hearing, reading, and speaking the language in a fun and low-pressure environment. Ordering cappuccino,...
Foreign Languages

Intensive Summer Arabic

Department: Foreign Languages
This intensive summer course (Equal to ARAB 0100 and ARAB 0200) is an introductory course designed to build basic listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills in Arabic. Given the vast geographical region in which it is spoken, the Arabic language has a variety of forms. One of them is Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). MSA is the medium of formal oral and written communication...
Foreign Languages

Intermediate Spanish in Segovia

Department: Foreign Languages
Study with Brown University in Segovia, Spain!

Students in this class will significantly improve their communications skills in Spanish, particularly their oral expression and listening comprehension. Daily classes are taught completely in Spanish and focus on proficiency in everyday speech to facilitate interaction with the local communities.

In addition to exercises...
Foreign Languages

Habitable Worlds: Possible Places for Life in the Solar System and Beyond

Department: Geology
Does life exist anywhere else in the universe, or even in our own Solar System? If you have ever looked at the sky and wondered if habitable worlds like (or unlike) ours exist elsewhere, then this is the class for you. This week-long course explores possible habitats for life on Mars, the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn, and exoplanets (planets around other stars), including...
Geology

A People's History of War in America from Independence to Iraq

Department: History
Exploring the lives of those who not only fought wars but those who lived through wars, this course explores the women, men, and children in U.S. history that shaped war. We delve into the experiences of women supporting families--and serving as spies. We investigate the decision of enslaved men to serve George Washington--or King George. We probe the effects of war-making...
History

Ancient Warfare

Department: History
This course will examine warfare in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome. Blood, battles, and brutality have romanticized these warrior rulers -- Ramesses the Great, Darius the Great, Alexander the Great, and Caesar -- and have kept their memory alive into the modern era. To understand their fame, this course will use a cross-cultural approach to the study of war...
History

Diplomacy

Department: History
The art of negotiation has never been more important than it is today. From the classroom to the boardroom, inter-personal skills and a clear conception of the give-and-take of personalities and tactical planning are vital elements of success in today’s world. This course is designed to encourage students to think critically about the history of theories of diplomacy and...
History

History and Memory in America's Revolutions

Department: History
The American Revolution is a creation story: we look to it to tell us who we are. But the American Revolution did not affect all Americans equally—it looked very different to a sailor than to a slave. What were Americans’ lived experiences during the late 18th century? What were the promises of the Revolution, and for whom were they realized? What lies beyond the hazy...
History

Humanities Seminar: Disruptive Thinkers, Ideological Conflict, and Social Revolution

Department: History
Experience what it’s like to participate in a Brown University seminar that will challenge your ideas and invigorate your thinking. In this course, you will engage with great thinkers in world history, explore great social movements of our time, and immerse yourself in key ideological controversies that underpin contemporary global society.
• Revisit the twilight of...
History

Spanish Life and Culture

Department: History
Study with Brown University in Segovia, Spain!

Cultural workshops will give students the opportunity to explore Spain’s rich culture and history from the Middle Ages to the present. This interdisciplinary course will introduce students to Spain’s art, cooking, geography, history, literature, music, and other cultural aspects, like the Camino de Santiago. Many of these...
History

The American Civil War

Department: History
In this course we will investigate the "felt histories" of the American Civil War -- the personal experiences of Americans (northerners and southerners, slaves and freed people, European immigrants and Native Americans, men and women) who fought its battles and bore its consequences. These histories, as Robert Penn Warren notes, are an "index to the very complexity,...
History

Ancient Art in the Flesh: Discovering ancient art at the RISD Museum

Department: History of Art
This course will introduce students to the art of Egypt, Greece, and Rome in the context of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum. Students will learn about ancient art, and how to apply this knowledge to museum collections; they will devise and present talks on ancient objects in the RISD galleries, and also have the opportunity to design their own exhibition.Students...
History of Art

Seeking Truth: Fakes, Forgeries, and Fraud in Art History

Department: History of Art
How do we define authenticity? Throughout the ages, fakes and forgeries have challenged even the most discerning eye. This course explores the debates and contentious works of art that have shaped art history. Questions like, "what makes something a fake?" are often open to interpretation. Answers may change based on one's interests, culture, or place in history. In order...
History of Art

Trends in Modern Art

Department: History of Art
This course will look at the major art movements from the 1880s to the present. We will focus on the dominant trends in art making as well as some of the critical theory that surrounds it.From the Impressionist paintings of Claude Monet, the Cubist work of Pablo Picasso, and the Pop art of Andy Warhol, this course will examine what it means for a work of art to be...
History of Art

Applied Ordinary Differential Equations

Department: Math
This course gives a comprehensive introduction to the qualitative and quantitative theory of ordinary differential equations and their applications. Specific topics covered in the course are applications of differential equations in biology, chemistry, economics, and physics; integrating factors and separable equations; techniques for solving linear systems of differential...
Math

Applied Statistics

Department: Math
"For Today's Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics." Such was the title of a New York Times feature and the motivation behind this course. While the field of statistics is growing daily, the most critical aspects of the subject are accessible to high school students. This course will explain how, where, and why statistics is used to solve real world issues in every imaginable...
Math

Bridging the Gap Between Math Class and the Real World

Department: Math
More often than not, the things we learn in math class seem to have no other use except in math class: the quadratic formula, finding domain and range, the Pythagorean Theorem... Yet these very techniques can give us a deep understanding of the world around us and even enable us to do things like create basic computer animation and predict the weather. This course will offer...
Math

Calculus with Applications to Social Science

Department: Math
A one-semester survey of calculus for students who wish to learn the basics of calculus for application to social sciences or for cultural appreciation as part of a broader education. Topics include functions, equations, graphs, exponentials and logarithms, and differentiation and integration; applications such as marginal analysis, growth and decay, optimization, and elementary...
Math

Fun with Math

Department: Math
Fun with Math is designed for students who are considering pursuing math in their academic future and are ready to move beyond math as a simple "tool" to solve problems and want to learn to think like a skilled mathematician. Contrary to the way it is usually taught in schools, math requires far more analytic thinking than expected and this course will introduce students...
Math

Introduction to Applied Geometry

Department: Math
Geometry is the branch of mathematics dealing with shape and measurement. Modern challenges in data analysis, the physical sciences, and many areas of social science require geometric tools entirely distinct from the classical geometry taught in high school. More importantly, they require a sophisticated mathematical point of view, since questions like "how similar are these...
Math

Logic & Paradox

Department: Math
Logic is a system of rules upon which human reasoning is based. It is a tool that we deploy routinely in our everyday lives. It pervades every academic discipline, from mathematics to the sciences to the humanities. To philosophers, however, logic is a deep and complex subject of study in its own right. This course is devoted in part to exploring this system of rules, which...
Math

Methods of Applied Mathematics I

Department: Math
This course will cover mathematical techniques involving ordinary differential equations used in the analysis of physical, biological, and economic phenomena. The course emphasizes established methods and their applications rather than rigorous foundation. Topics include: first and second order differential equations, an introduction to numerical methods, series solutions,...
Math

Million Dollar Mathematics

Department: Math
Although not all open problems in mathematics come with a million dollar prize, some definitely do! Math is a changing and growing subject and new discoveries are being made all the time. Through experimentation and with the help of computers, we will discover how research mathematicians draw their conclusions. If we are lucky, we may even solve a million dollar problem!This...
Math

Number Theory: An Introduction to Higher Mathematics

Department: Math
"Mathematics is the queen of the sciences and number theory is the queen of mathematics." Carl Friedrich Gauss

Number theory, the study of the integers, is a vibrant area of mathematical research that many students do not have the opportunity to study in high school. The objectives for this course are to expose students to this beautiful theory, to understand what inspired...
Math

Probability and Its Applications

Department: Math
Don’t let them fool you! You hear people talking about probabilities all the time. 80% chance of rain? Well, what does that even mean? If a medical test gives the correct answer with 99% probability, does a positive test result mean you have a 99% chance of being sick? It does not. And when you hang out with your friends playing poker, wouldn’t you like to know the odds...
Math

Spy Training 101: How to Encode and Decode Messages like an Expert

Department: Math
Have you ever wanted to send a message and be positive that no one besides the intended recipient could read it? Have you ever wished that you could decode a secret message intended for someone else? If so, you're not alone! Julius Caesar had secret ways of communicating with his generals, and Thomas Jefferson invented a machine that allowed him to send encoded messages.This...
Math

The Mathematical Proof: Origins, Importance, and Construction

Department: Math
The Pythagorean Theorem. The area of a circle. The quadratic formula. We know how to use these things, but where did they come from? In this course, students will not only be afforded a glimpse into the origins of these and other famous and familiar mathematical ideas and formulas, but they will also be equipped with the tools to compose their own mathematical proofs.From...
Math

Advertising and the End of the World: An Introduction to Media Studies

Department: Media Studies
The purpose of this course is to learn how to read the signs and symbols we see in advertising, to understand the multiple meanings about society that they deliver, and to examine the complexities associated with race, gender, class, culture and mass media. As individuals functioning in and contributing to society, we must have basic tools and techniques at our fingertips...
Media Studies

Elevator Pitch for the New Media Age: Short-Form Writing and Speaking

Department: Media Studies
Tweets, Facebook posts, e-mails, texts, instant messages, news alerts, ads: ours is the age of short-form communication. This course offers an introduction to different styles and genres of short-form verbal and non-verbal communication to help make you a more persuasive, concise, and creative writer and speaker. We will examine historical and current uses of the short form...
Media Studies

Introduction to Film Analysis

Department: Media Studies
This course is designed as a general introduction to film analysis. The main objective will be to help students develop the analytic tools necessary for understanding how meaning is constructed in narrative cinema. Using examples from classical and contemporary Hollywood cinema as well as films from around the globe, we will introduce vocabularies and techniques used in...
Media Studies

Leadership and Media Literacy in The Age of Fake News and Big Data

Department: Media Studies
Our phones, tablets, and laptops connect us to a seemingly-endless supply of information: ebooks, newspapers, social media, blogs, digital archives, encyclopedias. How do we stay afloat in this constant stream of media? While digital networks provide us with new modes of access and communication, they also present us with new challenges. In a media landscape dominated by...
Media Studies

Media Psychology: The Psychological Basis of the Media's Power of Persuasion

Department: Media Studies
What we see and hear in films, TV, advertising, music and the news, influences our thinking and behavior in ways we are often unaware. How this happens has a lot to do with the ways these media use psychology in producing the work we see and hear. Media Psychology is a new and dynamic field in psychology that studies the varied ways in which social interactions as well as...
Media Studies

The *@#%* Media: Pulling Back the Curtain on Fake News

Department: Media Studies
We are going to focus on how the media covers three hot button issues. Our topics include the Donald Trump campaign and Presidency, the Black Lives Matter movement, and what happens when athletes speak up on topics outside the lines of sports. Together we will get closer to the media and determine whether there is a universal truth to reporting.Everywhere we turn—from...
Media Studies

Introduction to Music Production

Department: Music
"Introduction to Music Production" will provide hands-on study of recording studio techniques and aesthetics. Students will create original studio work while developing listening and technical skills for audio production. Technical topics include digital and analog audio technology, acoustics, microphone technique, signal processing and mixing using professional audio software....
Music

Contemporary Moral Issues

Department: Philosophy
Is abortion morally permissible? How about torture? Capital punishment? Is eating meat morally wrong? Are we morally required to help those in poverty? How do we take steps to rectify racial injustice (affirmative action, reparations, etc.)? Is pornography morally objectionable?

People have strong, conflicting beliefs about how to answer these questions. Often, these beliefs...
Philosophy

Contemporary Moral Issues: Bioethics and the Ethics of Technology

Department: Philosophy
This class surveys a range of ethical issues ranging from classic debates on abortion and euthanasia to those arising from emerging technologies, such as Big Data. In doing so, the course also aims to sharpen students' skills at critical thinking, analysis, and argumentation. In particular, students will learn how to dissect and analyze arguments with visual maps; they will...
Philosophy

Critical Reasoning

Department: Philosophy
The overall goal of this course is to improve students' ability to think clearly and carefully and to enable them to identify and evaluate arguments. This includes enabling them to: understand and apply relevant concepts like truth, validity, and soundness; determine the structure of an argument; work with arguments using basic propositional logic; understand and apply...
Philosophy

Happiness: Philosophy and Psychology

Department: Philosophy
The course introduces the study of happiness by considering classic and contemporary research from the two most relevant disciplines, philosophy and psychology. Besides exposing the students to a topic of immediate human interest, the course also exposes them to two distinct modes of inquiry about it, allowing them to compare and contrast them.The course explores...
Philosophy

How to Live: Ethical Perspectives from Buddhism, Islam, and Native Americans

Department: Philosophy
How should we live? How should we relate to others, our world, and ourselves? Of course we have all heard many answers to these questions. In fact, it sometimes seems as if we've heard it all before. This course offers some answers that may be new to us. It will introduce us to the ethical perspectives of Buddhism, Islam, and Native Americans. By going beyond the fragments...
Philosophy

Moral Philosophy

Department: Philosophy
An introduction to ethics, the part of philosophy that is concerned with right and wrong, good and bad, virtue and vice. We will look at some central issues in the field as well as some of the main theories in it. Is an action good or bad because of its anticipated results or regardless of these results? Is it ever right to kill one person to save five? Is relativism true?...
Philosophy

Science, Perception and Reality

Department: Philosophy
Modern science throws light on many of the perennial questions of philosophy, sometimes seeming to confirm or refute old answers and sometimes suggesting new ones. Are sensory qualities, such as colors, in external things or only in our minds? Is the world governed by deterministic laws, and if so, what room is there for freedom of the will? Could space have extra dimensions?...
Philosophy

Themes from Existentialism

Department: Philosophy
By far the most popular philosophy course at Brown, this course on existentialist philosophy (taught by the current chair of the philosophy department) provides a unique introduction to philosophical thinking, by applying the methods of philosophical analysis and argumentation to questions and issues confronting all human beings: What is the meaning of a life with the distinctive...
Philosophy

An Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism

Department: Physics
The theories of electricity and magnetism are fundamental to our understanding of the world around us and have had incredible applications. One of the most spectacular of these applications is the world renowned Tesla coil, a high voltage circuit capable of producing mini "lightning bolts," invented by the enigmatic Nikola Tesla, Master of Lightning, in 1891. After gaining...
Physics

An Introduction to Newtonian Mechanics and Electromagnetism

Department: Physics
This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting.This course will provide an overview of Newtonian Mechanics. We will be studying one and two dimensional motion, forces, momentum, energy, rotational motion, periodic motion and light. Starting with...
Physics

Basic Physics (3)

Department: Physics

Survey of mechanics for concentrators in sciences other than physics-including premedical students or students without prior exposure to physics who require a less rigorous course than PHYS 0050, 0060. Employs the concepts of elementary calculus but little of its technique. Lectures, conferences, and laboratory.

Prerequisites: Recommended - MATH 0090 (Calc I) or 0100 (Calc II), or AP Calculus AB 4 or AP Calculus BC 3.

Physics

Basic Physics (4)

Department: Physics
Survey of mechanics, electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics for concentrators in sciences other than physics-including premedical students or students without prior exposure to physics who require a less rigorous course than PHYS 0050, 0060. Employs the concepts of elementary calculus but little of its technique. Lectures, conferences, and laboratory. Twelve...
Physics

From Newton to Nanotechnology: History and Applications of Physics

Department: Physics
You've heard of Einstein, Marie Curie, and Newton, but who really were the men and women behind physics' most famous discoveries? What's their story? Why is their work so famous, anyway? How do we use the concepts they explored today? Together we will learn and discuss the work of some great physicists and many other famous scientists. Understanding the lives of these figures...
Physics

From the Solar System to the Universe: An Introduction to Astrophysics and Cosmology

Department: Physics
The Solar System. Black holes. Galaxy clusters. Quasars. The closer we look at these and other astrophysical objects, the more mysteries we uncover. This course will provide an introduction to topics of active research in astrophysics and cosmology, traveling from our galaxy to the furthest reaches of the Universe. Along the way, we will explore objects like black holes,...
Physics

Introduction to Nanotechnology

Department: Physics
Introduction to Nanotechnology provides a broad overview of nanotechnology, discussing the fundamental science of nanotechnology and its applications to engineering, biomedical, and environmental fields. We will discuss the interdisciplinary nature of nanotechnology and how the different basic sciences merge to create the field.The course provides a background of...
Physics

Quantum Mechanics and the Nature of Reality

Department: Physics
Quantum mechanical formalism suggests that the underlying mechanics of our universe is far divorced from our perception of reality. In this course, we will examine the conceptual fundamentals of quantum mechanics and explore their metaphysical implications.Quantum mechanics posits that the behavior of particles in our universe is necessarily probabilistic, and that...
Physics

Smartphone Physics

Department: Physics
This course will provide an overview of Newtonian Mechanics. We will be studying one and two dimensional motion, forces, momentum, energy, rotational motion, periodic motion and light. Starting with the concepts of vectors we will move on to studying Newton's laws of physics. Learning about the conservation of energy and momentum will then lead to the analysis of circular...
Physics

The Grand Tour Our Solar System up Close and Personal

Department: Physics
Strange worlds exist within our solar system. On Saturn's moon Titan, methane falls instead of rainwater. Mars is home to both the deepest canyon and the tallest mountain. Pluto has mountains made of ice that may still be actively forming today.

Humans have explored the Earth and our moon, but the other planets are millions of miles away. How do we learn about them?...
Physics

The Quantum Revolution in Technology

Department: Physics
Nearly 100 years ago, quantum mechanics changed the face of physics forever. The orderly, deterministic rules of classical physics were turbulently turned on their head, unveiling a veritable zoo in which particles can behave like waves and waves like particles, particles can tunnel through walls, and either the position or speed of an object can be known, but both can't...
Physics

Brothers in Arms: War, States, and Human Rights

Department: Political Science
Wars have scarred our world. They shape and define the political units we live in, they affect our economic lives, from the content of our shopping cart to the price of gas, and they infiltrate into our very social networks, defining friends and foes. For some, wars claim even greater prices. For others, wars are not only beneficial, but crucial for survival. In this course...
Political Science

Creating Change Through Public Policy

Department: Political Science
How do major, transformative changes in public policy take place? Why do some big public policy reforms succeed while others fail or languish for decades? Major public policy changes often begin in the orderly world of analysis - but end in the messy world of partisan politics. To succeed, a new initiative has to coincide with a political climate and a leadership capacity...
Political Science

Debating Democracy: Reform and Revolution

Department: Political Science
Can social and political reform ensure that all are free to participate in a democratic society? Or is revolution sometimes needed? What is revolution, anyway? And what is reform? How has this distinction been developed in the history of democratic political thought, for example in relation to the distinction between representative and direct democracy? What is needed today?

We...
Political Science

Ethics and International Affairs

Department: Political Science
This course examines the complex relationship between ethics and politics in international affairs. Starting with an overview of different perspectives on the role of ethics and morality in international relations, the course then explores the ethical dimensions of issues central to foreign policy and the study of world politics, including the use of force, human rights,...
Political Science

Ethics and Law in Democracy

Department: Political Science
This course will take a deep look at some of the issues facing our democracy from the perspectives of the law, ethics, and political philosophy. Though the lens of classic and contemporary texts in moral and political philosophy, judicial opinion, and current events we will examine questions like: Should a nation sell the right to immigrate? What is the proper role of money...
Political Science

How the Judicial System Works: Trials and the Law

Department: Political Science
Taught by the Honorable Dennis J Curran, Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court (Ret.), this course is intended for those who wish to have a “behind the scenes” look at how the judicial system works - at the legal mechanics behind the dramas and the way the law functions in practice when human lives and living is at issue. The course intends to quicken the student’s...
Political Science

International Relations: Enduring Questions and Contemporary Debates

Department: Political Science
This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners (https://precollege.brown.edu/for-english-language-learners/) interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting.Globalization is transforming the relationship between world events and U.S. politics. This course analyzes some of the main challenges,...
Political Science

Introduction to U.S. Law and The Way Lawyers Think

Department: Political Science
The law touches nearly all aspects of our lives, and a certain amount of basic legal knowledge is necessary to identify important legal issues that arise in daily life and in various industries. The way that lawyers think and analyze serves as a valuable foundation for individuals in many fields. Learn at an introductory level, from an attorney, about: the legal system...
Political Science

Leadership and Conflict Resolution

Department: Political Science
Conflict is universal. We encounter it in our daily lives with friends, family-members, classmates and co-workers; in our communities between different interest and identity groups; and at the global level between state or non-state actors. Good leadership is essential at any and all of these levels to ensure that conflicts are dealt with constructively rather than destructively,...
Political Science

Leadership and Global Engagement

Department: Political Science
The world is a complicated place and global leaders must address a dizzying array of domestic and international issues on a daily basis. Their actions are informed by their country’s vital national interests including economics and security, as well as ideological considerations. In this course, we will apply the foreign policy tenets of realism and idealism to better...
Political Science

Making Sense of the World

Department: Political Science
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As the globalization of the world economy erodes national borders, nation states have become more interdependent than ever before. Indeed, developments in one region of the world can have a profound impact on those living on the other side of the globe. This introductory course aims to explore some of the broad topics in the...
Political Science

Political Theory and the Law

Department: Political Science
How should we evaluate the laws that govern and bind society? This course will examine the moral and political value of American law through the lens of political theory. As such, students will be able to evaluate for themselves whether laws are legitimate.During the course, we will read contemporary and classic political theory in light of the history of American...
Political Science

Taking Life to Save Life: War, Media and Humanitarianism

Department: Political Science
War. The bloody history of the 20th century is littered with them. The muddy trenches of World War II, the jungles of Vietnam and the deserts of Iraq are by now familiar images. But for those of us growing up in the 21st century, war in our time appears more chaotic and difficult to understand. Who is the enemy? Where is the enemy? Do battles have frontlines anymore, and...
Political Science

Terrorism in the United States

Department: Political Science
Nearly fifteen years after 9/11, terrorism continues to be a pressing security concern and a ubiquitous topic of conversation. It shapes domestic and foreign policy on an impressive array of issues, it is frequently mentioned in political debates, and it often appears in sensational newspaper headlines. In nearly all of these instances, though, the topic of discussion is...
Political Science

The Political Economy of Cities: American and Comparative Perspectives

Department: Political Science
This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners (https://precollege.brown.edu/for-english-language-learners/) interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting.More than half of the world's population now lives in urban areas, and this proportion is expected to increase. Why do cities grow, prosper,...
Political Science

The Power of Political Ideas

Department: Political Science
This course gives students a chance to undertake a fascinating and highly challenging process of political and intellectual exploration. In addition to well-established far right- and left-wing ideas, you will be exposed to and asked to evaluate such ideologies as Nihilism, Radical Feminism, Radical Environmentalism, and even Radical Islam.This will be an intense,...
Political Science

The U.S. In World Politics

Department: Political Science
Globalization is transforming the relationship between world events and U.S. politics. This course analyzes some of the main challenges, threats, and questions facing the United States in the first decades of the twenty-first century. In addition to introducing students to core theoretical perspectives, concepts, and debates in the study of International Relations and American...
Political Science

Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology

Department: Psychology
Have you ever wondered how mental illness affects children and their families? Can kids "catch" autism? Can children really suffer from schizophrenia? From autism and anxiety to pediatric bipolar and schizophrenia disorders, students will learn what psychiatric disorders look like in children, how they are treated, and controversies in childhood psychiatric diagnoses. This...
Psychology

Abnormal Psychology

Department: Psychology
Have ever wondered if your friend has an eating disorder, if your uncle is an alcoholic, or if your math teacher is depressed? Have you ever thought about why a behavior that is normal in one culture might be considered a disorder in another culture? If so, you have already thought about abnormal psychology.Abnormal psychology involves understanding the nature, causes,...
Psychology

Becoming You: Human Development Across the Lifespan

Department: Psychology
What made you who you are? How do you see yourself changing in the future? Human development is brought to life in this course through the use of online simulations and engaging class discussion. You will create a "virtual self" and see how your decisions impact your simulated future self over time. You will also raise a "virtual child" from birth to age 18 to see the effects...
Psychology

Critical Thinking About Human Behavior

Department: Psychology
This course will introduce students to methods used by psychological science to help answer common questions about the “unknown.” We will examine common ways in which human thinking leads people to believe strange things and to maintain these beliefs even in the face of contradictory information. Students will develop critical thinking skills for evaluating claims about...
Psychology

Culture and Psychology

Department: Psychology
How does culture influence the way we interact each other? Does Western psychology differ from Eastern psychology? What are implicit and explicit biases, and how do we recognize them? What does it mean to be in an inter-racial relationship? There are so many mundane questions that arise when we think about culture in psychology. This course will provide a comprehensive introduction...
Psychology

Current Controversies in Mood Disorders

Department: Psychology
Can bipolar disorder be accurately diagnosed in children? Do certain antidepressant medications increase risk of suicide? Can alternative remedies such as fish oil stabilize mood swings? These questions address only a few of the recent controversies that surround the study of mood disorders, such as major depression and bipolar illness. Using these disorders to illustrate...
Psychology

Freud: Psychoanalysis and Its Legacies

Department: Psychology
What does it mean to know yourself? Why is love so painful? What is the source of man’s belief in God? How does history repeat itself? Why do our dreams haunt us? Is there a difference between men and women? What is an Oedipus complex, and do you have one? Sigmund Freud devoted his life to answering these questions.In this course, we will dive deep into the theories...
Psychology

Genetics and Human Behavior

Department: Psychology
The completion of the Human Genome Project may be the most important scientific achievement of our lifetime, but how much can genes tell us about complex human behavior? How much does the environment impact human behavior? What kind of research techniques can be used to identify specific genes and specific environments that influence behavior?Behavioral genetics is...
Psychology

Introduction to Clinical Psychology

Department: Psychology
In this course, students will be exposed to the science and practice of Clinical Psychology. Students will learn about the clinical characteristics of many major classes of psychiatric disorders, and the scientifically validated treatments available for these conditions. This course is intended to provide information for those considering a career in clinical psychology,...
Psychology

Moral Psychology

Department: Psychology
In everyday life, whether they may be trivial or significant, people often encounter situations that fall under the purview of morality. Sometimes people are tempted to commit a norm violation, such as telling a lie to obtain immediate rewards or avoid undesirable outcomes. Other times, people become a victim of or witness someone else's bad behaviors. Under such circumstances,...
Psychology

Organizational Behavior

Department: Psychology
This course integrates the study of management principles and practices with the study of human behavior within organizations. The focus will be upon translation of management and organizational behavior theory to practices that result in organizational effectiveness, efficiency, and human resource development. The primary goal of this course is to prepare students for advanced...
Psychology

Personality Disorders Through the Lifespan: Phenomenology, Treatment, and Controversies

Department: Psychology
This course will delve into personality disorders -- what they are, how they differ from normal personality traits, how they impact the quality of life and functional impairment of sufferers, and current treatment approaches. We will also explore current controversies regarding personality disorders. Should they be diagnosed in children and adolescents? Should they be treated...
Psychology

Personality Psychology: What Makes Us Who We Are?

Department: Psychology
This course will introduce students to what psychologists mean when they use the term personality. Does money make people happy? Why do some people prefer to study in a noisy coffee shop while other people prefer a quiet library? How is personality related to health outcomes such as heart disease? What motivates people? Are men from Mars and women from Venus? What does it...
Psychology

Positive Psychology: The Key to Happiness

Department: Psychology
For years, psychology has been the study of what ails the human mind. For example, why do certain individuals develop depression or abuse substances? Currently, there is a movement within psychology to study not only what ails the human mind, but what makes us happy, healthy, and content in our lives. Positive psychology is the scientific study of what goes right in our...
Psychology

Psychology and Culture

Department: Psychology
This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners (https://precollege.brown.edu/for-english-language-learners) interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting.How does culture influence the way we interact each other? Does Western psychology differ from Eastern psychology? What are implicit and...
Psychology

Psychology and Health: Emotions, Behaviors, and Disease

Department: Psychology
Have you ever wondered where the terms “cold feet” or “butterflies in your stomach” come from? Have you ever wondered why zebras and other animals don’t get ulcers? This course will answer these and other questions related to the role of psychology in the onset, course, and treatment of physical health conditions.

This course will provide an overview of the principles...
Psychology

Psychology and the Media

Department: Psychology
In "Psychology and the Media," we will explore and evaluate the ways in which psychology and psychologists are (mis)-represented in the popular media. Films, TV clips, and websites will be used to illustrate the ways in which psychology and psychologists are portrayed in the media and to stimulate discussion about the accuracy, ethics, and implications of the media on public...
Psychology

Psychology of Good and Evil

Department: Psychology
How do we define good and evil? Are people born that way? What about social, environmental, and cultural forces? What are your individual vulnerabilities and strengths? Let's find out in this course!

The media is filled everyday with stories of unimaginable harm and unselfish heroes. Have you ever wondered what makes people behave the way they do? What can research tell...
Psychology

Psychology of Stress and Trauma

Department: Psychology
How do we cope with war, natural disaster, or terrorism? What about surviving experiences with abuse or torture? How are these experiences different or similar to routine life stresses like exams, moving, or getting divorced? How can you prevent or treat psychological problems that might arise after trauma? These are some of the overarching issues that will be addressed...
Psychology

Scholar-Athlete: Introduction to Sport Psychology

Department: Psychology
The psychology of sport is the study of the interaction between psychological variables and performance in athletic and physical activities. The overall objective of this course is to introduce students to psychological theory and practical skills that influence sport performances. Students will be encouraged to incorporate the personal significance of the course content...
Psychology

So You Want to Be a Counselor?

Department: Psychology
This course provides an introduction to the profession of counseling. As such, a primary goal of this course is to introduce students to the field of counseling and the multiple training disciplines. The course will address the various fields of counseling (e.g., school counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work, clinical psychology) and the required training needed...
Psychology

Social Psychology

Department: Psychology
Social psychology is the intriguing study of social context and the way it influences our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Students will be encouraged to reflect on the application of social psychology research to real-world problems and to incorporate concepts explored in class to its relevance in their own lives.Social interactions have a tremendous influence...
Psychology

Sustainable Leadership: Self-Care, Community and Activism

Department: Psychology
The proposed course aims to teach students how to engage in sustainable social justice-based action and activism. Namely, given recent political and social events, there is a new wave of social justice movements across the U.S. from the #BLM movement to #metoo. The visibility of these movements aided by social media, has interested and motivated adolescents to become involved...
Psychology

The Mind, Brain, and Behavior

Department: Psychology
Psychology - the study of the mind, the brain, and behavior - is relevant to every aspect of your life! How does personality form? How does society and culture impact an individual's behavior? How are mental illnesses diagnosed and treated? These are just some of the questions we will attempt to answer in this course. This course will provide an introduction to a broad range...
Psychology

An Introduction to Contemplative Studies

Department: Sociology

Introduction to the new field of Contemplative Studies focusing on identifying methods human beings have found, across cultures and across time, to concentrate, broaden and deepen conscious awareness. We will study what these methods and experiences entail, how to critically appraise them, how to experience them ourselves, and how they influence the development of empathy, health, and well-being.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: None.

Sociology

Gender, Race and Class in Medical Research and Practice

Department: Sociology
This course looks at the ways in which historic ideologies about gender, race and class have influenced the practice of medicine. Thinking sociologically about the intersections of these and the practice of medicine, we will explore how medical research has justified, for example, involuntary medical experimentation on the basis of these views, and the ways in which medical...
Sociology

Identity, Diversity, and Leadership

Department: Sociology
Who am I and how do my identities shape my life experiences, my worldview, my relationships with others, and the types of opportunities and challenges I face? To work effectively as a leader towards social justice, we must reflect on our multiple and interacting social identities based on race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, class, religion,...
Sociology

Informed Leadership: Combating Human Trafficking Globally

Department: Sociology
In the past decade, human trafficking has rapidly risen to the top of the global human rights agenda. This course introduces students to the varying definitions of human trafficking in law and practice in a variety of global contexts. It provides an overview of critical debates in "modern day slavery" studies, including: gender, labor, migrant, and sexual rights.

This...
Sociology

Informed Leadership: The Politics of Science and Society

Department: Sociology
Science and digital technologies have catalyzed often-overlooked revolutions in our day-to-day lives. From the development of the smart phone, to the atomic bomb, to antiretroviral drugs, the social landscape of the 20th and 21st centuries has been shaped by technological, medical, and scientific advancements. And, in the wake of these new breakthroughs, a host of philosophical,...
Sociology

Leadership and Social Justice

Department: Sociology
Leadership and Social Justice is a course designed to provide engaged students with the tools and theory needed to become successful change makers, activists, and community organizers. This course explores how grassroots movements can transform communities, cultural norms, and global systems. How are campaigns developed, initiated, and orchestrated? What factors determine...
Sociology

Leadership in Changing Business: Social Entrepreneurship

Department: Sociology
Social entrepreneurship is an exciting and rapidly growing field, which utilizes an entrepreneurial approach to address social challenges and create positive change. Companies such as Patagonia, Warby Parker, and Stonyfield Farms epitomize strong and sustainable organizations, which are creating both social and financial value. This course will provide students with an...
Sociology

The Global Prison: Leadership for Changing Punishment and Justice

Department: Sociology
Globalization promises new flows of ideas, people, and cultures across national borders. Yet the vast circulation of everything from illicit drugs and oil to refugees and migrants has spurred equally vast networks of punishment.This course examines justice and imprisonment in different countries to allow students to explore the distinct ways societies explain and...
Sociology

Women and Leadership

Department: Sociology
Despite remarkable progress over the last hundred years, women in the 21st century still face unique challenges in educational, career, social, and political arenas. In this course, students (1) analyze the position and portrayal of women in society, (2) explore how gender and other factors influence women’s leadership styles, and (3) propose strategies to facilitate inclusion...
Sociology

Creative Entrepreneurship: From Prototype to Presentation

Department: Theatre Arts
Want to make amazing things happen and discover the power of presenting your ideas? During your week at Brown, you will learn presentation and communication skills, and will explore the themes of observation, persuasion, agility, and improvisation. You will also begin to hone your ability to be present to the challenge of creative work and working collaboratively with other...
Theatre Arts

Creativity and Social Change

Department: Theatre Arts
Are you an artist, musician, dancer, actor, or film-maker? Are you interested in becoming more engaged in social justice work? Are you eager to cultivate your creativity and explore how to combine art with activism? This course will provide an opportunity for students to delve into their own creative practice; to investigate the potential for art and creativity to be a catalyst...
Theatre Arts

Persuasive Communication

Department: Theatre Arts

Provides an introduction to public speaking, and helps students develop confidence in public speaking through the presentation of persuasive speeches. Limited to 18.

Prerequisites: None

Theatre Arts

Presenting to the Public

Department: Theatre Arts
Want to make amazing presentations and influence people? Learn the tips, tricks, tactics, and tools of giving effective public presentations. This course will introduce you to fundamental methods of public speaking and designing effective graphic presentations.Public presentation skills are central to success in any academic or professional career. This course will...
Theatre Arts

Writing for Performance/Designing Creative Inquiry

Department: Theatre Arts
Humans not only communicate through stories, we build our lives around them. We inherit stories, invent them through both necessity and imagination; we justify wars based on stories, we create borders based on stories, we make stories out of love and family and fear and longing and joy. The ability to focus on a story, to follow a line of curiosity, or inquiry, has powerful...
Theatre Arts

3-D Foundation

Department: Visual Arts
This is an extensive study in form and structure to develop spatial understanding and the fundamentals of 3-dimensional design and construction. Students will explore the structural, compositional and conceptual implications of basic materials, such as wood, metal, plaster and found objects. Projects are designed as a means for investigating a variety of sculptural processes....
Visual Arts

Digital Video Production

Department: Visual Arts
Digital video production is for budding movie-makers with an emphasis on experimentation in the use of the video medium. The primary goal of the course is to serve as a foundation for further exploration in digital video artwork and storytelling. Students will write, direct, act, shoot, and edit short videos, with beginning and intermediate instruction. We will cover the...
Visual Arts

Drawing Intensive

Department: Visual Arts
Drawing Intensive introduces students of all levels to a totally immersive drawing experience on a daily basis. Each day's real art-school-based studio session offers three full hours of drawing combined with group critique, one-on-one feedback to hone technique, and the freedom to experiment. This course gives students a head start in preparing for college art classes by...
Visual Arts

Studio Foundation

Department: Visual Arts

An introduction to basic visual art concepts, exploring a range of materials with emphasis on experimentation and analysis of visual relationships. Drawing is a vital part of this course.

Prerequisites: VISA 0100 or 0110 is a prerequisite to any advanced studio course work at Brown or the Rhode Island School of Design. Under certain circumstances a student may petition for a waiver of this requirement upon submission of a portfolio.

Visual Arts