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Double Concentrations?

cate_mcginncate_mcginn Registered User Posts: 71 Junior Member
edited July 2006 in Brown University
Can you concentrate in to different fields? I'm looking specifically at Drama and Business/Economics.
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Replies to: Double Concentrations?

  • ReninDetroitReninDetroit Registered User Posts: 1,093 Senior Member
    Absolutely. With many majors (drama would be one of them, business not) there are only like 8-12 required classes, and Brown requires you to have 32 to graduate. (And not a single one of those 32 classes is mandated as far as what you have to take).

    It is very feasible to have 3 majors and still need some electives at Brown if you choose those concentrations that don't require as much.
  • EffulgentEffulgent Registered User Posts: 1,099 Senior Member
    But what's the point? I don't see ANY advantages to double-concentrating.
  • i_wanna_be_Browni_wanna_be_Brown Registered User Posts: 7,826 Senior Member
    well effulgent, as a double concentrator i can say that the reason i'm doing it is that i can. If you're going to take enough classes for a double anyway (i.e. you like 2 areas a lot, and other things not so much) you might as well get two degrees. For instance, I am going to be some sort of bio (i.e. maybe neuro or cogneuro) concentrator, and at the end of this, my freshman year, i discovered that I was 4 classes away from a classics degree. Why not get a degree in classics, I was going to take those 4 classes anyway. It makes you look more knowledgable as a whole. Cate's combo would make for an amazing Producer. She know business, and she knows drama, she's perfect for choosing shows and financing them.
  • cate_mcginncate_mcginn Registered User Posts: 71 Junior Member
    hey, thanks!

    That was my intended purpose. I don't want to act, but the theatre and the business is what makes me happy. I'm also considering law school later in hopes of becoming an inhouse lawyer for a theatre or company.
  • ILoveBrownILoveBrown Registered User Posts: 1,521 Senior Member
    Yup, you definitely can do it. Another thing to consider, though, is if you really want to take the theatre arts major -- if you concentrate on doing the business/econ major and then take whatever drama classes you want, then you can take as many classes as if you had double-concentrated without actually having to worry about the requirements.
  • EffulgentEffulgent Registered User Posts: 1,099 Senior Member
    But you DON'T get two degrees for having two concentrations--you can have one Bachelor's Degree (unless you're doing both the science and the arts degrees, which take five years) for one or two or three different things, but one degree all the same. Yeah, you can get two degrees from having one in bio and one in classics... but for drama and econ? Double-concentrating will still let you end up with one degree.

    At least that's what someone at Brown tried to make clear to me.
  • ILoveBrownILoveBrown Registered User Posts: 1,521 Senior Member
    Yup, that's correct.
  • MattyBMattyB Registered User Posts: 409 Member
    Cate - I'm actually in the same boat as you, except i think i might be double-concentrating in Drama and Sociology instead of Bussines/Econ. I would love to be a producer some day or an inhouse lawyer just like you haha.
  • gladlybeyondgladlybeyond Registered User Posts: 168 Junior Member
    Sorry if I'm a little slow on the uptake, but I still don't quite understand. If you end up with one degree despite fulfilling the reqs. of two concentrations, will it say one or the other on your diploma or on anything else? If you wouldn't mind explaining it further or pointing me to some links, I would really appreciate it.
  • i_wanna_be_Browni_wanna_be_Brown Registered User Posts: 7,826 Senior Member
    from what I was told, on the formal diploma, you get one degree, however on your resume you can state that you have another bachelor's degree in whatever and Brown will back this up.
  • EffulgentEffulgent Registered User Posts: 1,099 Senior Member
    I think both concentrations will be listed, but you'll still only end up with degree. You can major/concentrate in 20 things and you would still get ONE degree.

    However, if you choose to major in a science/engineering for a Bachelor of the Sciences degree and you also choose to major in anything else, say, political science, you would get two degrees: AB and ScB.

    However, doing the double degree takes five years.

    Therefore, I don't see any point in double-concentrating in just the arts, or in just the sciences. It doesn't really look impressive to anyone and just limits your chances to be delve really deep into one concentration or take a variety of other classes. I'm planning on taking classes I like while choosing a single flexible concentration (looks like IR for me).
  • i_wanna_be_Browni_wanna_be_Brown Registered User Posts: 7,826 Senior Member
    The only reason the AB/ScB is 5 years is not becuase you get 2 degrees, it's because Brown believes doing an AB/ScB in 4 years doesnt leave you with enough room for classes outside your requirements.
  • EffulgentEffulgent Registered User Posts: 1,099 Senior Member
    Yeah, I see where that is coming from.

    But I still want to know what the advantages of double concentrating are, if any.
  • modestmelodymodestmelody Registered User Posts: 4,654 Senior Member
    Effulgent, when people say you get one degree, it means you get one physical piece of paper, something that no one else really sees out in the world. It's not about impressing someone, it's about studying what interests you. On your transcript (which people WILL see when hiring you) it'll state you have filled ther equirements for those two programs as concentrations, and as was stated, you can list yourself as a double concentrator in those two things on your resume and Brown will support it. BUt there is no such thing as getting two separate degrees for the AB, just one physical degree which you earned while focusing your studies in two different areas.

    You can still put, John Smith Brown Class of 2072 with concentrations in Drama/Theater Arts and Economics, and again, Brown will support that.
  • GHBrown08GHBrown08 Registered User Posts: 322 Junior Member
    What are you talking about, what are the advantages of double concentrating? Isn't it very obvious?

    1. Personal satisfaction from being knowledgeable in two areas.
    2. Future employability from being knowledgeable in two areas.

    It isn't very complicated. If your interests lie in paths that easily lead to two concentrations, then do it. If not, it isn't the end of the world.

    Also of note, you are allowed to do an ScB and an AB in 4 years. You just don't get two separate degrees (pieces of paper) and you must choose whether your piece of paper says AB or ScB.
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