Brandeis Summer School 2015 Key Dates Announced

Brandeis Summer School 2015 kicks off on the first day of June, 2015. Our open-admission summer program has something for everyone with a wide range of course offerings.

Mark your calendars with the following key dates:

  • 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
Course selection for classes Summer Session I must be complete by May 22, 2015. Course selection for Summer Session II must be complete by June 26, 2015.

The Brandeis Summer School offers 80+ courses on a variety of engaging topics. We offer prehealth chemistry and physics, economics, creative writing, english, biology, music, anthropology, sociology, psychology, fine arts, film studies and courses that can be taken entirely online.

If you are looking for something outside of the standard curriculum, the Justice Brandeis Semester is offering some great specialized learning opportunities that combine the traditional learning environment with real world experience. These specialized courses run 8-10 weeks and include topics in innovative scientific engineering, advanced marketing topics, and healthcare improvement strategies.


If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Stay tuned for updates, and sign up to stay informed!

5 Tips to help stay cool in school

5 tips to stay cool in schoolKeeping focused in a summer course when you are hot and sticky can be a real challenge.  Here are a few tips to help you keep your cool.

1. Stay hydrated. Keep a water bottle with you at all times. Consider putting a bottle or two of water in the freezer for use the next next day, don’t forget to leave enough space in the bottle for the ice to expand.

2. Don’t eat large meals, graze.  Choose salads, vegetables and fruit, avoid eating meat and protein-heavy foods that can increase your metabolic heat and add to water loss. Here are a few ideas.

FYI: Beer & ice cream actually make you hotter!

3. Buy or make your own mister by filling a spray bottle with water and spraying your neck, face and wrists occasionally. You can also buy a fan mister for under $10 at CVS or Walgreens.

4. Stay out of the light. Avoid the sun, turn out the lights and close shades when possible.

5. Wear loose fitting clothes. Choose cotton, linen and other natural fibers that help absorb moisture or select a synthetic wicking material. If you aren’t wearing flip flops, be sure to wear socks to avoid sweaty swamp foot.

Finally, no matter how well you manage the heat, it’s a good idea to remember the deodorant, maybe even carry a spare in your bag. Your classmates will appreciate it.

Summer courses that could bring out the Sherlock in you

Have you ever watched a TV detective show and said, “Where do they come up with this stuff?” School, that’s where.

This summer at Brandeis you can brush up on your investigation skills by taking a course on bones or practice your reasoning with a class in logic. In fact, you can even take a shot at writing yout own screenplay and perhaps show those TV detective writers a thing or two…no moustache needed.

 In Anthropology 116a, Human Osteology, not only will you learn about the scientific study of bones, but you’ll also gain hands-on experience in the lab with sessions focused on estimating age at the time of death, determining sex, assessing skeletal variability, detecting instances of bone remodeling, and identifying cultural and natural modifications to bone tissue.

 If you thought The Da Vinci Code was a page-turner, you should definitely consider registering for an Introduction to Symbolic Logic (Philosophy 6a). This type of logic provides concepts and formal techniques that help with deductive reasoning (incredibly useful if you’re taking the LSATs in the future). Topics in this course will include truth-functional connectives, quantifiers, validity, truth, and proof, sharpening those critical thinking skills.

 Last but not least, if you think you have what it takes to tell a better story to the masses, make sure to sign up for English 79a, Directed Writing: Beginning Screenwriting. This course will help you understand about structure, plot, conflict, character, and dialog while students read screenwriting theory, scripts, analyze files, and produce an outline and the first act of an original screenplay!

Visit the Brandeis Summer Registration site to enroll now!


Fulfill your curiosity, interests, and academic requirements with some of Brandeis’ most inspiring instructors.



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Summer Session I June 2 to July 3, 2014
Summer Session II July 7 to August 8, 2014
Extended Summer Session June 2 to August 8, 2014

Stay one step ahead this summer at Brandeis University:
• Fulfill prerequisites
• Focus on a challenging topic
• Enroll in a class you always wanted to take
• Work on a second major or minor
• Study with world-class faculty
Phone: 781.736.3424

Visit our website for expanded course descriptions ( Hope to see you this summer!

5 Ideas to Kick off Spring


As the days get longer and the temperatures warm up, Boston slowly begins to thaw from its long dark winter. Take out your date book and make some plans to enjoy all the area has to offer…outdoors finally!! The 5 things you want to do this spring are:

1) Red Sox Opening Day

Welcome back our World Series champions on Friday April 4, 2014 in the Fenway. Even if you don’t have tickets to the game, you can still spend the day with Red Sox Nation at any of the venues on Lansdowne Street or Brookline Avenue. GameOn!, Cask ‘n Flagon, The Yard House, and more will likely have opening day parties or special events to celebrate. You may even be able to find a last minute ticket on the ticket resale site StubHub. The beard brigade may be gone, but the spirit is alive. Get out and get your Fenway Park on!

>>Don’t forget to sign up for Brandeis Summer Course updates

2) Relive History

Each April we celebrate Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts. It’s a day to remember the American Patriots of the Revolutionary War and the battles of Lexington and Concord. Each year the battles are reenacted in and around the Minute Man National Historical Park. Though the holiday is officially Monday, April 21, 2014, the entire weekend is celebrated with parades, reenactments and commemorative ceremonies. Visit Battle Road to learn more about our local history or patriotic reenactments.

3) Walk For Hunger

Did you know almost 700,000 children and adults in Massachusetts can’t predict when or where they’ll eat their next meal? Project Bread, a non-profit organization committed to ending hunger in Mass, hosts the Walk for Hunger each May to raise awareness and funds for the families in need. This year’s walk is Sunday, May 4, 2014 and you can choose to walk the 20 miles, build a team, or volunteer along the route in Boston, Brookline, Newton, Watertown, or Cambridge. Volunteer opportunities exist year round so visit the website above for more information.

4) Open Markets

By now, most people have heard of or been to a farmers market, but did you know we have our own network of open markets, easily accessible by public transportation? New England Open Markets offer a little bit of something for everyone. From the freshest picked produce, to handmade crafts, to food trucks and more, the open markets in the South End, Cambridge, and Salem have it all. There’s really no better way to spend a sunny spring day checking out everything the markets have to offer. The SoWA open market (in Boston’s South End)  is open every Sunday from 10am-4pm, beginning May 4 and ending October 26, 2014.

5) The Lilac Festival
On Sunday, May 11, 2014, the Arnold Arboretum will host Lilac Sunday. With more than 380 lilac plants of 176 kinds, the Arboretum holds one of the premier lilac collections in North America. People come from all over New England to see and smell the lilacs in bloom . For many, it’s the real beginning of spring. The day draws a large crowd and traveling public transportation is recommended. Bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it. The Arboretum offers something for everyone and self-guided tours are available on the website.

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