Academic Departments and Programs

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Departments

Africana Studies

The Department of Africana Studies is dedicated to the development of new knowledge about the cultures, histories, social formations and artistic expressions of Africa and the African Diaspora. The faculty is especially interested in the impact of slavery, colonialism, and racialization and responses that have emerged in the cultural, literary, political, intellectual and social arenas throughout the African Diaspora.

For more information, visit:

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Africana_Studies/

 

Classics

The Department of Classics offers instruction in Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, Modern Greek languages, literature, history, and philosophy, all of which can lead to undergraduate and graduate degrees.  The department also sponsors graduate programs leading to the Sanskrit track and (jointly with the Department of History) the Ph.D. degree in Ancient History.

For more information, visit:

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Classics/

 

Comparative Literature

 As part of the Comparative Literature department, undergraduates study a generous range of literary works to develop a focused critical understanding of how cultures differ from one another.  The graduate program is a vigorous and comprehensive study of literature and culture designed to foster an understanding of individual authors, influences, literary movements, forms, and genres in a comparative critical context.

For more information, visit:

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Comparative_Literature/

 

East Asian Studies

The Department of East Asian Studies is a multidisciplinary department that offers Brown students a window into the cultures of China, Korea, and Japan, countries whose civilizations reach back several millennia and whose cultural and economic ties extend throughout the globe. The department places special emphasis on rigorous language training and offers advanced classes on film, popular culture, gender, and literature taught in the original languages. A dynamic department in an ever growing field, East Asian Studies seeks to foster the philological expertise, critical spirit, and historical insight needed for a lifetime of learning about East Asia.

For more information, visit:

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/East_Asian_Studies/

 

Egyptology & Ancient Western Asian Studies

The Department of Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies is designed to explore what is sometimes called the birthplace of Western civilization. It builds on the strengths of Brown’s former Department of Egyptology, widening the intellectual focus from ancient Egypt to all of Ancient Western Asia, also known as the Ancient Near East, where societies first began exhibiting more complex forms of organization.

For more information, visit: 

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Egyptology/

 

French Studies

The Department of French Studies is devoted to exploring French and Francophone cultures through the exploration of the language, literatures and cultures of the French-speaking world. Our faculty members represent a broad range of expertise in language pedagogy, literary criticism, cultural studies, film studies, and critical theory; and seek to train students to become effective teachers and scholars. 

For more information, visit:

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/French/

 

German Studies

Students of the Department of German Studies combine their interest in German-speaking countries with a variety of other pursuits such as: literature, history, philosophy, aesthetics, international relations, and film. The department encourages this approach with a flexible curriculum, collaboration with other departments, and course offerings which provide depth of cultural understanding and address current topics of interest.

For more information, visit:

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/German_Studies/

 

Hispanic Studies

Hispanic Studies offers undergraduates the possibility of learning the language and cultures of Spain and Latin America, and trains graduates both as generalists able to teach the broadest range of courses and as scholars in their field of specialization. A transatlantic approach, emphasizing interactions between Spain and Latin America, prepares students to understand a different national, continental, and global reality in all its complexity.

For more information, visit:

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Hispanic_Studies/

 

Italian Studies

Italian Studies at Brown not only teaches language and literature to students but also guides their research toward problems that are cross-disciplinary in both content and method. Italian Studies draws on new and traditional multidisciplinary alliances including such disciplines as History of Science, Film Studies and Cultural Studies.

For more information, visit:

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Italian_Studies/

 

Portuguese and Brazilian Studies

Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown has an international reputation for excellence in research and teaching on the Portuguese-speaking world. It offers degree programs from the bachelor's to the doctoral level, while extending beyond the university through exchanges with foreign universities, an active publishing reputation, and a varied calendar of cultural events.

For more information, visit:

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Portuguese_Brazilian_Studies/

 

Slavic Languages

The Department of Slavic Languages specializes in the cultures, literatures, and languages of Russia, the Czech Republic and Poland, and has since its inception been distinguished by academic excellence and dedication to teaching.  The department is the center for campus study of the Slavic world, and is strategically linked to a number of fields across the humanities and social sciences.  

For more information, visit:

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Slavic_Languages/

 

Academic Programs

Development Studies

Development Studies provides students with a comparative perspective on the long-term social, political, and economic changes that are the result of industrialization. The concentration includes a concern with understanding how processes of change impact the distribution of wealth and opportunity both within and between nations.

For more information, visit:

http://www.watsoninstitute.org/ds/

 

Early Cultures

The Program in Early Cultures is a collaboration of faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and staff who are interested in the cultures, religions, and histories of ancient civilizations. It fosters the comparative study of early civilizations through a broad range of activities across many disciplines, including workshops, conferences, and year-long seminars.

For more information, visit:

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Early_Cultures/

 

International Relations

International Relations promotes creative thinking about critical global problems, providing students with the analytic tools, language expertise, and cross-cultural understanding to guide them in this process. The concentration draws on several disciplines including political science, history, economics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, religion, and environmental studies.

For more information, visit:

http://www.watsoninstitute.org/ir/

 

Judaic Studies

The Program in Judaic Studies is devoted to the study of Jews and Judaism in all historical and geographic contexts. Faculty include scholars from both humanistic and social scientific disciplines, including anthropology, history, literary criticism, philosophy, and sociology. A rigorous undergraduate curriculum is offered, and faculty also instruct in several of Brown’s graduate departments.

For more information, visit:

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Judaic_Studies/

 

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Latin American and Caribbean Studies is an interdisciplinary concentration designed to help students develop an understanding of culture, history, and contemporary issues in the region. Concentrators study the social, political, economic, literary, and cultural features that comprise contemporary Latin American and Caribbean societies.

For more information, visit:

http://www.watsoninstitute.org/clacs/undergrad/index.cfm

 

Middle East Studies

Middle East Studies is an interdisciplinary undergraduate concentration that draws upon courses offered in multiple departments. The curriculum begins with the understanding that the region is an ideal site for considering the diversity and complexity of human interactions, along with the continuities and disruptions that such interactions involve in the long course of history.

For more information, visit:

http://www.watsoninstitute.org/middleeast/

 

Medieval Studies

Brown’s Program in Medieval Studies offers concentrations in medieval cultures and late antique cultures. Students in this program are encouraged to work in other cultural areas such as Byzantine, Islamic, Judaic, and Slavic studies in addition to a traditional area of study in Western Europe.

For more information, visit:

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Medieval_Studies/

 

Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

The Renaissance and Early Modern Studies Program at Brown encompasses the study of Europe and the New World in the period dating from 1350 to 1800 CE. The program’s coursework fosters curiosity about the languages, literature, history, science, art, music and philosophy of the Renaissance.

For more information, visit:

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Renaissance_Early_Modern_Studies/