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.


The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace selected Fulbright Scholar Erik Brown, an International and Public Affairs alumnus, for the prestigious Gaither Junior Fellowship program.
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Over winter break, ten Brown students learned the ins and outs of journalism focused on global issues and the nuances of international reporting in an evolving media landscape at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a prestigious Washington, D.C. think tank. In one week, they learned more than they could have imagined.
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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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