September 9, 2015

Dear IR Students,
Welcome back to another exciting semester at Brown! Some of you may remember me as the IR Student Assistant from last fall. To all of the new concentrators who haven't met me, I am very excited to be your source of information on all things IR! I'm a senior double concentrating in Slavic Studies and IR, Security and Society track with a regional focus in Eastern Europe. I've been studying Russian for four years and studied abroad in St. Petersburg. This semester I am an undergraduate TA for SOC 1100, so for those of you taking that course to fulfill the research methods requirement, I am more than happy to help you in any way I can during the semester. Each week I send out this newsletter with important information on events, advising, and opportunities for IR students. I also serve as the concentration peer advisor, so feel free to stop by or schedule an appointment via email for any questions you may have. I'll be posting my regular office hours after shopping period.

Best wishes for the new semester,
Bridget Corrigan


Announcements this week
  • OFFICE HOURS: Shopping Period Office Hours
  • HISTORY CORE CHANGE: New course options for HIST requirement!!
  • FALL COURSE LIST: IR course offerings for Fall 2015
    • Newly added courses not listed during pre-registration


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Shopping Period Concentration Advisor Office Hours 
Wed 9/9 .............10-12
Thurs 9/10
Fri 9/11..............12-2 (Express walk-in)

Mon 9/14............10-12 
Tues 9/15...........10-12
Wed 9/16............12-1
Thurs 9/17..........2-4
Fri 9/18...............12-2 (Express walk-in)

Make an appointment.
*Express Hours reserved for quickly answerable questions (pre- and post-study abroad approval, course selection, and senior revisions). 10 minutes max!
History Core Requirement Changes--NEW!! URGENT INFORMATION!
IR Students may now fulfill the HIST core course requirement by taking either HIST 1554 American Empire Since 1890 (previously HIST 1900), or by choosing one of the HIST options from the IR approved courses list. The courses on the approved list vary each semester based on HIST department offerings. This change provides course selection and scheduling flexibility while ensuring students study global problems from a historical perspective. This policy is in effect immediately, meaning all class levels may use one of these approved courses to fulfill their requirement. 
For Fall 2015, the HIST core requirement can be satisfied by HIST 0150A History of Capitalism or HIST 0218 Making of Modern East Asia. If you have already taken one of these courses, you may count it toward the IR core requirement. Keep in mind if you had been using one of these approved courses as an IR track course and wish to use it to fulfill the HIST core requirement, you may no longer count it as a track course.

New IR Core Requirement
  • ANTH 0110 Global Problems from an Anthropological Perspective
  • ECON 0110 Principles of Economics
  • HIST 1540 (1900) American Empires Since 1890 or HIST option from approved list
  • POLS 0400 Intro to International Politics
  • SOC 1620 Globalization and Social Conflict
Pay special attention to classes that were not available during pre-registration, marked with


INTL1700: International Law
Arnulf Becker Lorca, Visiting Lecturer in International Relations

This introduction to public international law covers the nature of legal reasoning in international relations, the interplay of international law and international politics, and the international legal process.

INTL 1802V: Diplomacy, Economics, and Influence
Richard Boucher, Diplomat in Residence

This course examines a dozen diplomatic situations and identifies the players, their interests, and their tools -- and how those produced outcomes. Particular attention is paid to economic factors – pressures, incentives, and influences – that contribute to the outcome.  

INTL 1802G: Reading Global: Int’l Relations Through Fiction
Keith Brown, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs; Director of Professional Programs
This capstone course is built around 20th century works of fiction from around the world which won recognition for the insights they offer on core issues in international relations and development studies.
INTL 1910: Senior Honors Seminar
Claudia Elliott, Associate Director, International Relations Program; Senior Lecturer of International Studies, Watson Institute
Open only to Senior students accepted into the International Relations Honors Program, this research seminar provides conceptual foundations and interdisciplinary methodological strategies for completing an undergraduate thesis in IR.
INTL 1802O: Global Corporate Accountability NEW! 
Peter Gourevitch, Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs
How does the international system hold corporations accountable? As the global value chain engages increasingly greater sections of the economy, how do we understand the role of corporations in shaping the ethical and political issues of environment, human rights, labor conditions, equality and opportunity, gender, and community rights.
INTL 1443: History of American Intervention
Stephen Kinzer, Journalist in Residence

This course reviews modern history through the study of invasions, coups, and other interventions carried out by the United States.

INTL 1802Y: India in the World
Nirupama Rao, Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs
From being a newly independent country in the nineteen forties, India is today a globally re-emergent power. The course aims at deepening understanding of the priorities that define India’s global outreach.
INTL 1803: Risk, Regulation and the Comparative Politics of Finance NEW!
J. Nicholas Ziegler, Visiting Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs
The course introduces students to the comparative history of finance as well as to alternative theories of regulation. It thereby develops students’ ability to compare the role played by financial institutions in different historical periods and national contexts.


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Fellowship: CLACS Undergraduate Fellowship Program
Deadline: Tuesday September 15, 2015
To Apply: See application guidelines
The CLACS Undergraduate Fellowship Program allows undergraduate students with an interest in Latin America and the Caribbean to explore in-depth what it means to work in/on the region. This fellowship program is open to students from all concentrations.

Internship: Fall 2015 Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program
Deadline: Rolling deadline
To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter to Grace Mahoney, Intern Coordinator
The Think Tanks and Civil Society Program (TTCSP) runs a small, highly selective internship program for students interested in gaining first-hand experience in public policy research in domestic and international affairs. Over the course of 15 weeks interns will work independently and in teams to research and analyze global policy trends in think tanks. Interns volunteer a minimum of 8-10 hours a week and attend mandatory weekly intern meetings from 3-5pm on Fridays. Virtual internship available for students with the ability to multi-task, work independently, and a proven track research record.

Internship: Environment America
Deadline: Rolling deadline
To apply: Apply online
Environment America is looking for students who care deeply about the environment and are ready to make a difference now. Interns learn how to analyze environmental problems, push for smart solutions, and build the public support it takes to win. They work side-by-side with one of our organizers, learning the ropes and attend briefings and trainings to learn even more about environmental issues and gain organizing skills.


Publish: Journal of Undergraduate International Studies 
Deadline: October 11, 2015
Submission Guidelines:
Email it as an attachment to, following these guidelines:
 1. Submit as a word document, not a PDF or other type of file
2. Use an easily read font, such as Times New Roman
3. Double-space your document
4. Follow the Chicago Manual of Style for all citations (for help, visit This is not a requirement unless the piece is selected for publication
5. Convert all your citations and footnotes to endnotes
6. Make sure your name and academic affiliation are not present in the text of your work
7. Include an abstract of 100 words or less

The Journal seeks to publish the world's premier undergraduate work related to international themes and topics including, but not limited to: international conflict and conflict resolution, human rights, environmental issues, history, culture, comparative politics, economics, development and trade, global security, and international health. Papers range 5-20 pages.