Independent Concentrations

About Independent Concentrations

Most students have many more interests than can be contained in one standard concentration. Independent Concentrations (ICs) help students pursue their passions directly and make the most out of their time at Brown.

Many students, however, hear that ICs are impossible to get passed and that they should just pick one of the standard concentration options. This is totally untrue! Students who have any doubts or who have heard this myth should visit the CRC (Room 228, Campus Center) or email independentconcentrations@brown.edu.

ICs allow students to bring together their various interests to focus on a central theme and tailor their courses to further their individual goals. Many ICers have used their concentrations to create exciting new opportunities for themselves, both during and after Brown. A number of ICs have even become standard concentrations, including Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Neuroscience.

For more information, check out the IC FAQs!