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Brown University. Academics.

Brown gives students the freedom to direct their education  Offering approximately 2,000 courses each year in more than 40 academic departments, Brown attracts, challenges, and cultivates independent thinkers with the power and drive to create personally meaningful lives.    

Undergraduates at Brown are responsible for designing individualized programs of study across multiple departments. A strong advising network helps students engage fully with the Brown curriculum.    

Brown’s Graduate School includes 48 doctoral programs and 24 master’s programs. Graduate students work side-by-side with faculty who are leaders in their fields.    

The Warren Alpert Medical School awards approximately 90 medical degrees per year, and, along with its 7 affiliated teaching hospitals, is a hub of research.

Urban archaeology: Students conduct fieldwork on the property surrounding the Meeting House at the First Baptist Church of Providence

Brown students are active learners. A large number of centers and institutes fuel their research. Study abroad programs and international collaborations reflect Brown’s commitment to promoting global learning.    

Students passionate about public service turn to the Swearer Center for ways to take constructive action locally and around the world.    

Learning is supported by a library system housing 6.8 million print items, plus a multitude of electronic resources and expanding digital archives.    

The Career Development Center helps students plan for futures that make productive use of their academic achievements.    

The Office of Continuing Education sponsors pre-college programs for high school students, undergraduate summer opportunities, and professional training for adults.    

Guided by the Plan for Academic Enrichment, Brown continues to set new goals for distinction in education. The July 2010 formation of the School of Engineering is a direct result of these efforts.    



Brown University. Academics.> The College

Brown students create programs of study that reflect their own interests, passions, and goals      

A Brown education is a catalyst for creativity and entrepreneurship. Students at Brown are free to imagine and create their own core programs, integrating their major areas of interest into a broader curriculum of liberal study. Working with a network of teachers and advisors, students develop important skills of planning, communication and self-advocacy.    

The College offers over 70 concentration programs that lead to the bachelor of arts or the bachelor of science degree.    

Special programs include the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME), in which selected students can proceed to earn an M.D at Brown’s medical school after successful completion of the baccalaureate, and the Brown-RISD Dual Degree Program, which allows students to earn both a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of fine arts in five years.    

The College funds hundreds of research opportunities and internships each year, and Brown students have an enviable record of winning competitive national and international fellowships.    

Advisors and mentors help students navigate Brown’s vast array of academic programs and co-curricular options. In addition to co-curricular tutoring and study help centers in writing and science, all students are matched with faculty and peer advisors who provide counsel on important academic decisions.    

The success of Brown’s graduates in a huge range of fields underscores that our unique approach to education works. Brown students are driven, individual, highly inquisitive scholars and energetic leaders.    



 Brown University. Academics.> Departments & Degree Programs

Academic units at Brown take various forms. These include divisions, departments, centers, and programs, among others. Compared to departments, centers, institutes, programs, and committees are less formal associations of faculty established for interdisciplinary educational and/or research programs.     

Departments, centers, and programs grant degrees. Below find a list of these units and the undergraduate and graduate degrees they offer.    

Many Brown students engage in academic work that crosses departmental boundaries. Certain interdisciplinary programs not listed here may be found on the Dean of the College’s concentration website.    

– Africana Studies, Department of … /Social Sciences/Department/AB, PhD
– American Civilization, Department of … /Social Sciences/Department/AB, MA, PhD
– Anthropology, Department of… /Social Sciences/Department/AB, MA, PhD
– Applied Mathematics, Division of… /Physical Sciences/Department/AB, ScB, PhD
– “Archaeology and the Ancient World,
Joukowsky Institute for”… /Humanities/Center/AB, PhD
– Biology & Medicine, Division of… /Biology & Medicine/Department/AB, ScB, MPH, PhD, MD
– Biomedical Engineering, Center for… /Biology & Medicine/Center/ScB, ScM, PhD
– Chemistry, Department of… /Physical Sciences/Department/AB, ScB, PhD
– Classics, Department of… /Humanities/Department/AB, MA, PhD
– “Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological
Sciences, Department of”… /Life Sciences/Department/AB, ScB, PhD
– “Commerce, Organizations,
& Entrepreneurship, C.V. Starr Program in “… /Social Sciences/Program/AB
– Comparative Literature, Department of… /Humanities/Department/AB, PhD
– Computational Biology, Center for… /Life Sciences/Center/ScB, PhD
– Computer Science, Department of… /Physical Sciences/Department/AB, ScB, ScM, PhD
– Development Studies, Program in… /Social Sciences/Program/AB, MA, PhD
– Early Cultures, Program in… /Humanities/Program/AB
– East Asian Studies, Department of… /Humanities/Department/AB
– “Ecology and Evolutionary
 Biology, Department of”… /Biology & Medicine/Department/AB, ScB, PhD
– Economics, Department of… /Social Sciences/Department/AB, PhD
– Education, Department of… /Social Sciences/Department/AB, MAT, MA
– “Egyptology & Ancient Western
 Asian Studies, Department of”… /Humanities/Department/AB, PhD
– Engineering, School of… /Physical Sciences/Department/ScB, ScM, PhD
– English, Department of… /Humanities/Department/AB, MA, PhD
– Environmental Studies, Center for… /Social Sciences/Center/AB, ScB, MA
– French Studies, Department of… /Humanities/Department/AB, PhD
– Gender and Sexuality Studies… /Humanities/Department/AB
– Geological Sciences, Department of… /Physical Sciences/Department/AB, ScB, PhD
– German Studies, Department of… /Humanities/Department/AB, PhD
– Hispanic Studies, Department of… /Humanities/Department/AB, PhD
– “History of Art and
Architecture, Department of”… /Humanities/Department/AB, PhD
– History, Department of… /Social Sciences/Department/AB, MA, PhD
– International Relations Program… /Social Sciences/Program/AB
– Italian Studies, Department of… /Humanities/Department/AB, PhD
– Judaic Studies, Program in… /Humanities/Program/AB
– Latin American Studies, Center for… /Social Sciences/Center/AB
– Literary Arts, Program in… /Humanities/Program/AB, MFA
– Mathematics, Department of… /Physical Sciences/Department/AB, ScB, PhD
– Medieval Studies, Program in… /Humanities/Program/AB
– Middle East Studies… /Social Sciences/Program/AB
– Modern Culture and Media, Department of… /Humanities/Department/AB, PhD
– Music, Department of… /Humanities/Department/AB, MA, PhD
– Neuroscience, Department of… /Biology & Medicine/Department/ScB, PhD
– Philosophy, Department of… /Humanities/Department/AB, PhD
– Physics, Department of… /Physical Sciences/Department/AB, ScB, PhD
– Political Science, Department of… /Social Sciences/Department/AB, PhD
– “Portuguese & Brazilian
Studies, Department of”… /Humanities/Department/AB, MA, PhD
– Public Health, Program in… /Biology & Medicine/Clinical/AB, AM, ScM, MPH, PhD
– “Public Policy & American Institutions,
 A. Alfred Taubman Center for”… /Social Sciences/Center/AB, MPP, MPA
– “Race and Ethnicity in America,
 Center for the Study of”… /Social Sciences/Center/AB
– Religious Studies, Department of… /Humanities/Department/AB, PhD
– “Renaissance and Early
 Modern Studies, Program in”… /Humanities/Program/AB
– Slavic Languages, Department of… /Humanities/Department/AB, MA, PhD
– Sociology, Department of… /Social Sciences/Department/AB, ScB, PhD
– Statistical Sciences, Center for… /Physical Sciences/Center/ScB, AM, ScM, PhD
– “Theatre Arts and Performance
 Studies, Department of”… /Humanities/Department/AB, MFA, PhD
– Urban Studies Program… /Social Sciences/Program/AB
– Visual Art, Department of… /Humanities/Department/AB …    


Brown University. Academics.> Centers & Institutes

> Life Sciences
Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies
Institute for Brain Science
Center for Excellence in Women’s Health
Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research
Center for the Study of Human Development
International Health Institute
Center for Vision Research    

> Physical Sciences
Center for Biomedical Engineering
Center for Computational Graphics and Scientific Visualization, Science and Technology
Center for Computational Molecular Biology
Center for Geometric Computing
The Lefschetz Center for Dynamical Systems
Environmental Change Initiative
Center for Environmental Studies
Center for Fluid Mechanics, Turbulence and Computation
Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation    

> Social Sciences
Annenberg Institute for School Reform
Education Alliance for Equity and Excellence in the Nation’s Schools
John Carter Brown Library
Population Studies and Training Center
Taubman Center for Public Policy
Watson Institute for International Studies
Initiative in Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences
Center for Statistical Sciences
The Center for Study of Race and Ethnicity in America
Swearer Center for Public Service
Wayland Collegium for Liberal Learning    

> Humanities
Cogut Humanities Center
John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization
Center for Language Studies
Center for Latin American Studies
Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning
Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Leadership Alliance
Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research    



Brown University. Academics.> Global Learning

A university with an international presence    

Some knowledge cannot be gained from a textbook.    

In order to prepare students to lead in the 21st century, Brown encourages learning about other ways of life and thought through experience—both abroad and on campus, by fostering an environment of international awareness and participation.    

On campus, the Office of International Affairs serves as a conduit through which students, visitors and scholars can access Brown’s diverse international programs and internationalization efforts and initiatives.    

Brown’s recent collaborative agreements with universities in countries around the globe include Spain, India, Singapore and China. More connections already exist, too—from Armenia to Tanzania, Cuba to the United Kingdom.    

More than 500 Brown students study outside of the United States each year through Brown’s numerous international partnerships offered by the Office of International Programs. Students can be found in classrooms, laboratories, libraries and research sites around the globe, participating in academic programs offered by Brown or in courses approved for credit by the university.    

The mission of the Watson Institute for International Studies is to understand the conditions and consequences of the flows of knowledge, people, wealth and weapons across global contexts.    

Core faculty at the Watson Institute, consisting of anthropologists, economists, political sceintists, sociologists and other specialists, along with an ever-changing cohort of visiting shcolars and practitioners from around the world, work with organizations, such as the United Nations, national governments, NGO’s and international enterprises to seek practicable solutions to today’s global problems,    

Local engagement in global issues is found throughout the Brown curriculum in classes such as “Cross-cultural Perspectives on Child Development,” which brings Brown students into the neighboring Liberian community.    

Brown’s academic culture of open-mindedness and sense of social responsibility cultivate a spirit of international learning and collaboration on campus, locally and around the world.    



Brown University. Academics.> Libraries

The library system is the heart of Brown’s collected knowledge and history    

Brown’s eight libraries contain 6.8 million items, including bound volumes, periodicals, maps, sheet music, and manuscripts. The number of items in the Brown collection grows by more than 70,000 each year.    

The library subscribes to hundreds of online databases, tens of thousands of e-journals and online newspapers, and e-books, available anytime to members of the Brown community around the world.    

Brown’s Center for Digital Scholarship has embarked to systematically digitize Brown’s special collections.    

Looking for a book? Josiah is the easy-to-use online catalog.    

Brown’s libraries:
– The John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library (a.k.a., “The Rock”) is Brown’s primary teaching and research library for the humanities and social-sciences resource center.
– The Sciences Library (a.k.a., “The SciLi”) houses the university’s collection of science and medical books and periodicals.
– The Susan P. and Richard A. Friedman Study Center, located in the Sciences Library, is a central gathering place and 24-hour study space.
– The John Hay Library contains the special collections, including most of the University’s rare books, manuscripts, and archives.
– The John Carter Brown Library has the world’s preeminent collection of Americana, both North and South, from before 1825.
– The Virginia M. Orwig Music Library consolidates all of Brown’s music materials and is home to the Walter Neiman ’46 Archive of Sound Recordings and more than 24,000 scores.
– The Annmary Brown Memorial exhibits a collection of European and American paintings, the Mazansky British Sword Collection, and Brown family heirlooms.   



Brown University. Academics.> Plan for Academic Enrichment

“Brown University is renowned for its distinctive student body – independent, energetic, mature, responsible, and self-directed – and for its educational culture that fosters and reinforces these qualities as essential elements of their education. This special quality of Brown achieves its fullest expression in the Open Curriculum for undergraduates. The Plan for Academic Enrichment is designed to augment this educational culture so that it plays out on an even broader scale; so that all our students – undergraduate, graduate, and medical – are offered the best education possible through opportunities to craft their own educational paths, with access to a wider array of venues and a broader scope of activities, with the most up-to-date means at their disposal, and guided by a nationally distinctive and well-supported faculty and staff.”
-The Plan for Academic Enrichment, Brown University, February 2   

Beginning in 2002 Brown embarked on an ambitious program of academic enrichment that was designed to build on its strengths and achieve new levels of excellence in research, education, and public leadership. Since then, the Plan for Academic Enrichment (PAE) has guided Brown’s efforts to provide excellent undergraduate, graduate and medical education and to position the University for continued success. Since 2002 we have made significant progress toward the goals outlined in the Plan, including increasing the size of the faculty; establishing need-blind admission for undergraduates and strengthening financial aid for all students; providing essential resources to advance scholarship, research and teaching; and investing in the campus infrastructure. The momentum and accomplishments achieved during this time have been due to the hard work of many faculty, students, staff, and alumni volunteers and the generous support of alumni, parents, and other friends of the University.   

It is essential that the Plan evolve over time if it is to remain relevant in an ever-changing environment. That relevance demands continuous evaluation and adjustment of our goals, priorities and underlying assumptions in the face of the broader context in which higher education operates. Reflecting the need for ongoing evaluation, the University undertook an extensive review of the Plan in the spring of 2007, engaging faculty, students, staff and alumni in the process. The results of the review, called Phase II, reaffirmed the core goals of the plan and focused future emphasis on several areas: continued enhancement of undergraduate education, internationalizing the University, and further improvement of academic departments and programs. The Corporation endorsed these recommendations in February 2008, and they are now fully integrated into all elements of University planning.   

These aspirations require significant investments. All those who care about Brown have an opportunity to contribute to these goals over the next several decades-and beyond.   

Annually in the fall we publish a complete status report on the progress being made toward achieving the goals of the Plan, including both the Phase II initiatives and the original 2004 version of the Plan. Starting with the July 2009 report, the status reports will be published online on the PAE website.   



Brown University. Academics.> Biology & Medicine

Welcome to Brown’s Division of Biology and Medicine   

The Division of Biology and Medicine is composed of Alpert Medical School, the Program in Biology (which includes study at the undergraduate and graduate levels), and the Public Health Program. It is home to five basic biology departments and fifteen clinical departments, and is affiliated with seven diverse teaching hospitals in and around Providence.   

Brown University. Academics.> Graduate School

Going to graduate school — at least at Brown — isn’t about acquiring knowledge. It’s about developing, applying, and sharing knowledge. Graduate students are participants at Brown —central to the dialogue and discoveries of a major international research university.    

Research and teaching go hand in hand at Brown. Faculty members are accomplished and accessible.   

You’ll find a MacArthur Fellow leading doctoral studies in Anthropology, and a National Book Prize winner guiding MFA candidates in Literary Arts. A neuroscience researcher generates large grants and receives a Graduate School award for advising and mentoring students. An engineering professor and doctoral student co-found a local firm to commercialize their pioneering technology.    

Brown has a friendly scale and collaborative culture. With nearly 2,000 graduate students and more than 680 full-time faculty members, Brown offers exceptionally close mentoring in its doctoral and terminal master’s programs.    

Along with that support is the latitude to chart a path. It’s in the DNA of the place, reflected in the open curriculum adopted in 1969 for undergraduate education at Brown. Graduate students can craft their course of study, and they have the flexibility and resources to engage in Brown’s exceptionally rich tradition of interdisciplinary research.   


Independent thinking, skepticism, and difference are prized. Brown’s climate of openness and cooperation can be traced to its home in Rhode Island, which was founded on the principle of religious freedom. From the start, Brown welcomed students of all religious beliefs, and Brown remains dedicated to diversity and intellectual freedom.    

Whether your research takes place in a chemistry lab, at an overseas excavation site, or in a rare-books library, there is a wider community available to you that will enrich your student experience. Many of our graduate students also engage in the local community, through mentoring or other volunteer activity.   

… History  

Brown University is the seventh oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.  


Founded in 1764 as the College of Rhode Island in Warren, Rhode Island, the school moved in 1770 to its present location on College Hill overlooking the capital city of Providence. In 1804, in recognition of a gift from Nicholas Brown, the College of Rhode Island was renamed Brown University. Brown University is renowned for its distinctive student body — independent and self-directed — and for the educational culture that fosters these qualities. Our small size compared to most other leading research universities provides a human scale that allows members of the University community to interact on a meaningful personal level and to develop relationships that enhance the teaching and research work of the University. Brown is committed to excellence in research as well as in teaching. All regular faculty members actively pursue their own research and intellectual interests, teach in both graduate and undergraduate programs and are active in the direction of theses and dissertations.  

The Graduate School at Brown University
Graduate study began at Brown in 1850 with a program that foreshadowed our current 5th-Year Master’s — that is, that a student could receive a master’s degree with an additional year of study. This option was discontinued in 1857, but graduate study was again revived again in 1887, when the faculty and University Fellows added the master’s and the PhD degrees to Brown’s repertoire. The first master’s degrees were awarded in 1888, and the first PhD in 1889. Brown was part of a distinguished cohort of early doctoral granting institutions, including Chicago, Harvard, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Johns Hopkins, and Cornell, adding doctoral programs in the late 19th century. In that era, Princeton resisted, arguing that the PhD should remain an honorary rather than an earned degree. At the turn of the century, then, Brown was part of a pre-eminent group of leaders in graduate education.  

The early part of the 20th century saw a relatively modest investment in doctoral education, with only 106,000 total master’s and doctoral degrees awarded nationally, 7% of all higher education degrees. This led to a “pipeline” problem, with both industry and teaching compromised by a lack of qualified individuals. The early 1940s were a critical growth period for the academy, with graduate enrolment doubling between 1940 and 1950. In 1950, 237,000 higher degrees were awarded.  

In 1903, a Graduate Department was established with its own dean. (Deans and their portraits are on the second floor hallway of the Horace Mann building.) In May 1927, the Graduate Department became the Graduate School.  

While Brown led the charge for graduate, and especially doctoral, education in the 1880s-1930s, its embrace of graduate education remained modest in scale. Undergraduate enrolment grew at Brown in the 20th century, but its graduate population remained stable — so that by the 1970s, it was one of the smallest graduate schools among its cohort. New master’s programs were added in the 1990s and early 21st century.  

On October 12, 1968, the Graduate Center was dedicated. It brought graduate housing together with administrative offices for the deans. The Graduate School moved in 2004 to its current home in the Horace Mann building.  

Women and Minorities in the Graduate School
From its earliest years, women have been a part of doctoral education at Brown. Women were admitted to graduate study at Brown beginning in 1892. The first woman to receive a doctoral degree was Martha Tarbell, who received a PhD in German studies in 1897. The first Asian American receiving a PhD was Sze-Chen Liao in 1921. In the next decade, the first African American PhD, Samuel M. Nabrit, received a degree in biology in 1932; Jose Amor y Vazquez was the first Hispanic American to receive a graduate degree, in Hispanic studies in 1957; and Lora Lee Johnson, the first Native American, obtained a PhD in classics in 1984.  



Brown University. Academics.> School of Engineering

The Engineering program at Brown University is the oldest in the Ivy League and the third oldest civilian engineering program in the United States.  Our historical roots include a unique structure organized around a core curriculum and collaborations across disciplines.  

“The mission of Brown University is to serve the community, the nation, and the world by discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge and understanding in a spirit of free inquiry, and by educating and preparing students to discharge the offices of life with usefulness and reputation. We do this through a partnership of students and teachers in a unified community known as a University-college.”  

In support of the University’s overall mission, the three-fold mission statement of Brown Engineering is:
– to equip students with a solid foundation for productive careers
– to advance the knowledge base for future technologies
– to merge teaching, scholarship, and practice in the pursuit of solutions to human needs
The Brown Engineering Curriculum – The Big Picture  

Our society needs engineers who can lead in an increasingly competitive, fully-integrated, world economy.  Engineering today needs to be understood, not as merely providing workers with valuable technical training, but as the discipline that brings a deep understanding of physical principles, material behavior, mathematical modeling, and engineering practices to the solution of current problems that challenge our society.  Moreover, these contributions must be made with full involvement in the economic, environmental, political, and ethical implications.  Preparing engineers for such difference-making careers is Brown’s challenge and its responsibility.  These goals are made possible only by the high potential of students who choose to study here and by our highly committed faculty.  

Innovation in science and technology has been the dominant source of growth in the U.S. economy for decades, transforming scientific know-how into new products and processes with tremendous societal impact. Today’s radically new and emerging technologies have the potential to create entirely new industries and to render established ones obsolete.  Brown’s Engineering Curriculum is guided by a forward-thinking philosophy that we believe prepares students to meet current and future challenges.   

Engineering is the profession for people who want to:
– make a big difference;
– create something that improves people’s lives;
– develop solutions to problems that impact our well-being;
– shape policies that address such major problem areas as energy, environment, health, transportation, communication, and utilization of natural resources.  



Brown University. Academics.> Continuing Education


Continuing Education: Teaching Opportunities
The Office of Continuing Education (CE) offers high-quality campus-based and online programs to diverse audiences regionally, nationally and internationally. We offer academic programs for pre-college students, for Brown and visiting undergraduates, and for adult and professional learners. Faculty, adjunct instructors, and graduate students find that teaching for Brown through CE is an opportunity to develop innovative courses and acquire valuable teaching experience with different audiences. 

New Course Proposals
To propose a new course, complete the online course proposal form. You will receive an auto confirmation receipt. New course proposals are reviewed by our curriculum committee. We will contact you if your new course is approved. If you would like to discuss your course proposal, please contact us (401) 863-7901 to schedule an appointment with a program director. 

Instructors are welcome to submit a course proposal throughout the year. Calls for new course proposals are published in Morning Mail. 

Summer Session (credit bearing courses) and Pre-College Program (non-credit courses)
2012 Summer Term – new course proposals due November 1, 2011 

Continuing Studies Program – Day and Evening Courses for Adult Learners (non-credit courses)
2011 Fall Term – course proposals due April 15, 2011 

Pre-College Online Courses (non-credit courses)
Course proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis. 

Learn more about our academic programming
Pre-College Program Web Site »
Pre-College Course Catalog »
Undergraduate Programs Web Site »
Undergraduate Course Catalog »
Adult and Professional Programs Web Site »
Continuing Studies Course Catalog » 

Instructor Manuals 

Pre-College Non-Credit Programs Instructor Manual
Pre-College Leadership Instructor Manual
Summer Session Credit Course Instructor Manual
Continuing Studies Instructor Manual
SPARK Instructor Manual
Faculty Orientation Slides for Summer 2010  

New Opportunities – Developing and Teaching Online Courses
Brown’s online pre-college program seeks courses that reflect the diversity of Brown’s undergraduate curriculum. 

Instructors may find that teaching online allows greater flexibility in schedule and location, as all instruction and student interaction occurs via the online course portal.  

Instructors developing courses online are paired with an Instructional Design team that facilitates the translation of course content to the online medium. Teaching methodologies available for online courses include:  traditional web-based learning, videos, simulations, field projects, quizzes, and writing assignments. 

Online courses range from two to ten weeks in duration and usually require five hours of student learning/teaching time per week.  When offered during the summer months, online courses are compressed into shorter time frames due to greater student availability.  

Given the intensive nature of the online course development process, faculty and graduate students are compensated for their time. 

A demonstration of our first online course is available online. 

Brown University Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine Dr. Stephen Smith Discusses Online Learning 


Brown University Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine Dr. Stephen Smith Discusses Course Development


For more information, contact 

A Commitment to Faculty
Reginald Archambault Teaching Award
Each summer, CE offers the Reginald Archambault Teaching Award to recognize excellence among our instructional staff. Brown graduate students and post-docs who teach in summer programs may be nominated. The award will carry a $1000.00 cash prize and University-wide recognition, announced in early fall. 

View recent Archambault Award recipients »earn more about this award and how to nominate yourself or a colleague » 

Summer Curricular Development Grant
Amount: up to $4,000 – Deadline: March 10, 2011
Are you developing a new course, adding a fresh element to an existing class, or team teaching with colleagues in other departments? Curricular Development Grant supports the development of new and innovative summer courses taught at least once through Continuing Education. The course may be offered during the Summer Session as a credit-bearing course.  Proposals for courses using new or distributive learning technology are especially encouraged. 

To apply for a Summer Curricular Development Grant, complete the proposal form by March 10, 2011. For more information, email us at:

To learn more about other grant awards for new and innovative course development, visit the Dean of the College website. 

Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning
The Sheridan Center offers various resources to instructors including consulting services and teaching resources. For more information, please contact the Sheridan Center at 401-863-1219 or 

Brown Writing Center
The Center provides writing assistance for all members of the Brown community. Staffed by graduate students from a variety of disciplines who are experienced in writing and teaching and undergo ongoing training. Associates are prepared to review a variety of types of writing and to discuss your specific writing concerns. Individual conferences are available as well as workshop sessions. Walk-in hours are available, but appointments in advance are preferable. For more information, please call 401-863-3524. 

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