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What makes Brown special?

The Open Curriculum

Brown students quote this ad nauseum, but you'll only really realise how great an opportunity this gives you if you're academically adventurous OR you plan to do a special programme/double major or degree here. The gist is that there are no academic requirements outside of your concentration (Major), that means that you have a list of requirements only within your major.

For example, if you plan to major in Economics for your 4 year degree at Brown:

Assuming you take 4 classes per semester for 8 semesters, you have a total of 32 classes.

Typical number of classes taken in 4 years (4 classes/semester): 4 x 8 = 32

Requirements within Economics concentration: 9

Possible classes that are not concentration requirements but might be needed: 3

Usual number of outside classes you can take: 32 - 9 - 3 = 20

This means that out of 32 classes, 20 will/can be outside of your major at Brown. What's most significant is that you can take these classes from ANY field. What's different at other colleges is that they usually have core requirements say to take 6 in science, 6 in humanities, 6 in social science etc. Many of my friends have complained about how much this restricts you in terms of planning your classes and limits the classes you can take in any certain area. Also if you really hate a certain course, you won't need to take it at Brown. Most students at Brown take courses that they are interested in because there really is nothing to force them to take one if they're not interested. (If they have concentration requirements, they should like the classes since thats the major they chose right?)


(Possible) Downsides:

Some people say that because of this flexibility, people only take courses that they like (yes this can be a bad thing too), and don't become as broad-based as they should be. Of course, this is quite unlikely...who's going to take 30 courses in math over 4 years? There are so many fascinating courses at Brown that you just can't stick to one field :)

If you plan to double major or major in technical fields (Science, Premed, Engineering), you have more concentration requirements (up to 18 instead of 10), but that still leaves you 14 classes to take outside of your major (still not too shabby).


Brown is Liberal

I didn't know what liberal really meant until I experienced Brown's different facets, from the people to the whole culture that extends to even faculty and administration. Besides people being really open about all sorts of issues like sexuality, beliefs or culture, what really stands out is how the faculty also embraces this. Being someone who values flexibility and efficiency, this makes me really happy I chose Brown. Lecturers sometimes waive requirements if you can convince them you're prepared.


What goes on at Brown?

Here's a list of activities that go on around Brown on a typical day from Brown Morning Mail, a daily email that tells students what's going on around campus:


Nov 3rd, 2009.

Morning Mail is a daily digest of messages for the Brown community.




* Support group for survivors of sexual assault (Trisha L. Bakaitis-Glover)

* SPRING HIST GISP: Jefferson's Works Cited (Bari Ann Berger)

* GISP: Identity & Cross Cultural Engagement (Nick Donias)


* The Critical Review is now PUBLISHED! (Grace Chow)

* Write, edit, breathe free and dance for post- Mag! (Arthur)

* Re-Made in America: AAHM Photo Competition (Anjali Sridhar)

* Cranes for Peace: AAHM Crane-Making (Anjali Sridhar)

* POETRY ON THE SPOT (Gabriela G. Scarritt)




* The Gringo in Mananaland -- film screening + Q&A (Kiri M. Miller)

* A Poetry Evening celebrating Yiannis Ritsos (Anastasia Maria Verghis)

* 'The Haitian Revolution & the Colonial World' (Crystal Huang)

* Search for habitable planets (Sara C. Tortora)

* Brown Masters Programs for the Public Good (Blayne Mariam Tesfaye)

* Lecture TOMORROW: If Homer Could Navigate in Troy (Joukowsky Institute fo...)

* Tomorrow: The Mahabharata and Indian Ethics (Year of India)


* NeuroDUG pre-registration fair (Teresa Helena Slifer)

* Future Financing Workshop (Laurielle Lindsay Hofer)


* Pre-Registration Social (Education DUG) (B Jones)

* Heavy Petting today (11/3) on the Main Green! (Naomi K. Ninneman)

* Teach for India Info Session 5:30 pm at CDC (Deeksha Gupta)

* Volunteer for the Samaritans of Rhode Island! (Bruce Gutierrez)

* BUME is Looking for BODIES AND BRAINS (Annie Rose London)

* 4th Annual BioMed Musicale (Donna M. Arruda)

* ATTN ENGINEERS:  What You DON'T Learn in School! (Megan Dansby)

* Community Organizing for Energy & Climate Justice (Betsy J. Barlow)

* Do you want to become a TEACHER? (Carin Algava)

* OCRL HOSTS AUTHOR SCOTTY McLENNAN, 11/03 (The Office of the Chaplains and...)

* Indigenous Cmty Organizing for Climate Justice (Sara Bissrat Mersha)



Special Programs at Brown

If you're interested in Engineering, Brown has the Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship programme.


There are 3 tracks - Business Economics Track, Organizational Studies Track and the Entrepreneurship and Technology Management Track. With the Tech management track you'll be able to get a dose of economics (principles, econometrics & statistics, finance, investments), sociology (how organisations work, leadership, decision making), engineering (choose from a wide range of fields like Biomaterials, Biochemistry, Nanotechnology, IT and Computer Engineering, Machine Design and Instrumentation, Energy and the environment, Photonics and device technology and functional materials). This provides a broad based education in business, and the technical knowledge that can be applied to all sorts of industries that make up a large part of the economy.





Outside the Sciences Library (Sci Li)



The Sharpe Refectory - The Ratty (Cafeteria)


Thayer Street with Sciences Library in view


Wriston Quad 


Photos in this album graciously shared by Brown grad student, Hsin-Ta.


Brown Convocation '09

Brown in general


Brown Traditions


Halloween Organ Concert, 2009


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Comments (1)

Lynn C. said

at 9:22 am on Nov 12, 2009

I enjoyed your insightful research and analysis, especially liked the effort to assess cultural difference in the "Brown is Liberal" paragraph.

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