RCEES concentrators study the culture, history, and politics of Russia, the former USSR, and the nations of Central and Eastern Europe. RCEES students take classes in several fields (including literature, history, political science, and economics), complete a capstone project on a topic of their choice, and often study abroad.
Policy studies is how policy wonks get their start! In this interdisciplinary concentration, you analyze policymaking processes, evaluate policy decisions and outcomes, do empirical research, and explore specific policymaking contexts. Policy studies can lead to graduate school and/or careers in policy analysis, advocacy, program management, administration, nonprofit management, city planning, government affairs, and more.
As a neuroscience concentrator, you use methods and theories spanning disciplines from biochemistry to psychology to investigate the function of the nervous system. You can participate in an annual neuroscience retreat, middle school outreach, and a capstone seminar, along with cross-divisional electives in art, music, theatre, philosophy, education, and social studies. This concentration can prepare you for advanced study in neuroscience or careers in biotechnology, governmental, pharmaceutical, health care, and social service organizations.
In this multidisciplinary concentration, you explore Latin American and Latino cultures and societies, and take related humanities and social studies courses. You can study in a Latin American country, use your skills in internships, and cap your studies with senior research. The concentration provides the foundation for graduate school or an array of careers with Latin American connections, such as law, business, social justice, education, and translation.
GDS is an interdisciplinary concentration you can design to fit your interests in developing countries.
With an environmental studies concentration, you explore the relationship between humans and our natural environment. Courses help you understand this relationship’s scientific, economic, political, historical, and ethical issues and challenges. You apply what you’ve learned in off-campus study, internships, and capstone projects.
In this interdisciplinary concentration, you study Chinese and Japanese language and East Asian literature, history, music, philosophy, political science, and religion. You take classes in other disciplines, do an interdisciplinary research project during your senior year, and participate, if you wish, in off-campus study in China, Japan, or Taiwan.
As an American studies concentrator, you take a holistic, interdisciplinary look at American culture, examining race, gender, ethnicity, class, sexuality, religion, and political culture in a historical, intellectual, and social context. In addition to required courses and a mentored advanced project, you can choose from an extensive course list in the humanities and social studies.
In Grinnell’s interdisciplinary GWSS curriculum, you examine women, men, gender, and sexuality; study various cultures and historical periods; use diverse research methods; and understand how scholars apply feminist, queer, and intersectional theories.