Topic: Academics

University News

Dennis selected as deputy dean of the college

June 26, 2013 3 comments

In his new role, Dennis will oversee advising and implement strategic planning initiatives.

In an effort to increase accessibility, the English department has widened its concentration requirements, no longer requiring specific classes.

University News

English department shifts requirements

April 25, 2013 0 comments

The department is replacing specific class requirements with classes in focus areas.

Poll: First-years come prepared for academic success

University News

Poll: First-years come prepared for academic success

April 24, 2013 0 comments
This article is part of the series Spring 2013 Faculty Poll

Professors said Brown first-years are consistently equipped to adapt to college learning.

The number of neuroscience concentrators has risen steadily in the last 20 years, reflecting the University‘s growing focus on brain sciences research.

University News

Neuroscience grows as U. emphasizes brain science research

April 5, 2013 1 comment
This article is part of the series Concentration Trends

As a relatively new field, neuroscience has attracted interest both nationally and on campus.

The growth of students concentrating in economics has put a strain on department resources, said Department Chair Robert Serrano.

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Economics sees growing pains as students look for ‘marketable skills’

April 5, 2013 0 comments
This article is part of the series Concentration Trends

Students perceive econ and applied math-economics as degrees with job security.

This interactive visualization displays the data for concentrations completed at Brown from 1984 to 2012, obtained by The Herald from the Office of Institutional Research.

The visualization starts in the “line” mode, which plots each concentration with a solid line.

The “area” mode stacks the data, allowing you to see more clearly trends involving related concentrations. 

The thickness of a colored band in a given year is proportional to the number of degrees completed in the concentration that year.  

In both modes, click on the name of a concentration once to see the data for that concentration alone. Click on it a second time to see all the data. If you hover over the concentration name, its line will remain highlighted. 

Click on checkmarks for multiple concentrations to see those concentrations together.

(Interactive graphic by Herald Data Science Contributor Marvin Arroz and Data Science Editor Andersen Chen.)

Data Science, Interactive Graphic, University News

Top 10 concentrations claim over half of students

April 5, 2013 3 comments
This article is part of the series Concentration Trends

Economics, biological sciences and international relations lead most popular fields.

The integrative courses would likely be taken during students’ first two years, emphasizing medical applications of introductory science courses.

University News

PLME to offer alternative to traditional pre-med courses

March 19, 2013 7 comments

The optional two-course sequence will emphasize biology while integrating physics and chemistry.

University News

Amidst test anxiety, some profs turn to alternatives

March 15, 2013 2 comments

Smaller collaborative learning environments can be an option for overwhelmed students.

Columns

Taking Sides: Are the humanities in danger?

March 15, 2013 0 comments

Moffet ’13 and Gianotti ’13 spar over whether the humanities are dying out.

Columns

Delaney ’15: How about 0.5?

March 11, 2013 6 comments

Why is it that people can get credit for an art extracurricular but nothing for an athletic one?