International and Public Affairs (IAPA)

The concentration in International and Public Affairs equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be engaged global citizens.

Our undergraduate degree program, International and Public Affairs, equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be engaged global citizens.

This concentration offers three tracks: Development, Policy and Governance, and Security. The concentration is committed to engaging students in the classroom, enabling research opportunities with faculty and in the field, and supporting experiential work opportunities.


The International and Public Affairs concentration comprises 11 courses, including a common core of classes featuring a themed gateway lecture course, junior seminars, senior thesis or capstone seminars, a track foundational course plus five electives, and a qualitative and quantitative methodology course. Students can choose to pursue language instruction as an alternative to one of the two required methodology courses.


Felipe Félix Méndez was recently named a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China where he hopes to identify opportunities for mutually beneficial partnerships between countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia.
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Khushi Patel, a Brown junior and International and Public Affairs concentrator, has been awarded a Voyager Scholarship for Public Service. This prestigious scholarship program, awarded by the Obama Foundation, was created to shape and support young leaders who are passionate about public service.
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As an undergraduate concentrator in International and Public Affairs, Sarah Ogundare said she gained valuable analytical skills and learned to constantly question her assumptions while developing hands-on, in-depth knowledge about the prison system in the United States.
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