Summer Registration Opens Soon! Are you ready?

If you’ve already narrowed down which courses you will be taking, it may be worth a second look. New courses have been added. The wait to enroll is almost over. Great classes are available in a wide variety of subjects like:

American Studies
Computer Science
Economics and Business
Film Studies
Fine Arts
HSSP- Health Science Society and Policy
International and Global Studies
Legal Studies
Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
Spanish Language and Culture
Studio Arts
Theatre Arts

Meet University Requirements in:

Creative Arts
Foreign Language
Non-Western and Comparative Studies
Oral Communication
Quantitative Reasoning
Social Science
Writing Intensive
Physical Education

Online and evening classes are available.

For more fun and hands-on learning check out the Justice Brandeis Semester summer course selection.

We hope to see you this summer!

How to Effectively Plan for Summer Session 2015

Planning ahead is essential to keeping your college career on schedule which is why at Brandeis every student is encouraged to meet with their advisor as early as possible to plan for each semester. An advisor will help you evaluate your long term education goals and map out an overall schedule to help you achieve those goals in a timely and cost effective manner.

Summer school offers a wide variety of options to help you stay on track or even get ahead with your academic goals. You can begin browsing through the areas of study to get an idea of what will be offered. You can also locate courses by the general degree requirements they complete. If you’ve never had time to squeeze in a creative arts course, this is your chance. New courses are still being added and registration will officially open in April.

With summer school registration opening soon, if you have not already done so, you should consider making an appointment to meet with your academic advisor. Brandies summer school admission is “open enrollment” which means that it rests on the assumption that each student knows best what he or she wants and can do.

Summer session dates are as follows:
• Session I: a 5-week session from June 1 to July 3, 2015
• Session II: a 5-week session from July 6 to August 7, 2015
• Extended Session: a 10-week session from June 1 to August 7, 2015

More important dates can be found here.

Remember that since summer class sessions are shorter, it is important to be fully dedicated to the schedule. Professors will be teaching at a faster pace, but it will definitely be manageable if your priorities are in the right place.

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Brandeis Anthropologist Javier Urcid Joins the Summer 2015 Faculty

Anthropology is the scientific study of the human condition. In the Brandeis University department of Anthropology there are 4 concentrated areas of study: sociocultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, biological anthropology, and archaeology. Students benefit from the opportunity to engage in fieldwork and to develop original research projects.

Brandeis Associate Professor of Anthropology, Javier Urcid teaches archaeology and studies ancient complex societies in Mesoamerica: the origin and societal functions of early writing, meaning and material culture, and the social and ideological dimensions of mortuary practices.

In this year’s first summer session he’ll be teaching Human Osteology, a lab based course in which students apply forensic techniques to archaeological problems, and Human Origins, a seminar that explores human evolution, from the beginnings of the hominid clade to the inception of complex societies.


Prof. Urcid will spend the balance of his summer in Mexico continuing regional surveys over a large expanse of southwestern Mesoamerica, the modern Mexican states of Oaxaca, Puebla, and Veracruz, searching for monuments with hieroglyphic inscriptions.
ANTH 116a – Human Osteology

Summer Session I: June 1 to July 3, 2015
This experiential learning course counts toward the HSSP Major or Minor. The course focuses on the study of skeletal anatomy and the application of forensic techniques to archaeological problems. Hands-on laboratory sessions allow students to practice methods of estimating age at the time of death, determining sex, assessing skeletal variability, detecting instances of bone remodeling, and identifying cultural and natural modifications to bony tissue. Case studies are used to exemplify bioarchaeological approaches.

ANTH 5a – Human Origins

Summer Session I: June 1 to July 3, 2015
This course studies major evolutionary transformations of humanity from early hominins to anatomically modern Homo sapiens, and offers an introduction to the theoretical framework and the biological processes that explain these transformations. Casts of fossils and archaeological evidence serve to highlight the origins of bipedalism, of symbolic practices including language and art, and the shift from foraging to agricultural and pastoral economies.

Who Attends Brandeis Summer School?

The reasons for taking summer courses are as varied as the students who take them. Students can complete general University degree requirements, fulfill prerequisites, explore a secondary interest, focus on pre-health courses, and work on accelerating or even completing their degrees.  Yes, some students attend summer classes to make up courses, though the Summer School supports the recommendation long-held by Academic Services that time away is often the better option for students who are experiencing academic or health challenges.

There are lots of resources for planning your summer:  Academic Services, faculty advisors, and the Summer School staff are ready to help you.

So who takes summer classes?

Brandeis undergraduates make up 72% of the students taking courses in our five-week and extended session courses.  Visiting students from other colleges and universities, who return to the Greater Boston area for the summer, are another 18% of our summer audience.  Adults, high school students and University staff round out those enrolled in our 60+ courses.

With an undergraduate population of just over 3600, 73% of the Brandeis’ U.S. students live outside of Massachusetts while another 15% of the undergraduate population have international origins with China, Korea, India, Canada and Israel yielding the highest numbers of students. By the time a Brandeis class is ready to graduate almost a third of our seniors have attended a Summer School program at least once.

3D Printing Competition at Brandeis University

On March 7th Deis3D,  Brandeis University’s 3D Printing Club, will host the first ever 3D printathon on campus. Teams of 3-6 students will work together to to design and print 3D objects using cutting edge printing technology over the course of just 24 hours.

Teams will be assigned a theme at the beginning of the event. Though not mandatory, following the provided theme will influence the judging process. Judges will be looking out for theme adherence, creativity, complexity, functionality, 3D components and presentation.

The event is free to all undergraduate students from any college or university. Food and drinks provided.

Brandeis is proud to support unique and innovative clubs like Dies3D that bring exciting events to the campus. Don’t miss the next opportunity to join Brandeis students this summer in the 3D print lab for an exciting JBS course on Bio-Inspired Design.

Bio-Inspired Design | 10 Weeks, 12 Credits | June 1 to August 7, 2015
Over 10 weeks, in a variety of settings — including laboratories, museums, zoos and the Brandeis MakerLab — you will work with biologists, engineers and artists to explore intriguing life forms and develop the quantitative tools needed to work at the intersection of form and function. You will design a nature-inspired product to solve an important societal problem. And you will present your concept to the Brandeis and local scientific communities in an interactive, TED-like forum. Apply Now 

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