Top 5 Reasons to Take Summer Courses

1. Have some fun!

Summer is a time to explore new areas of study and to dig deeper into topics you know.  With smaller classes and shorter  instruction periods, Brandeis Summer School gives students the opportunity to expand their knowledge base and foster relationships with award-winning faculty.  In addition, Brandeis students can choose to live on campus during the summer and take advantage of the campus’s proximity to Boston.  With festivals and baseball games, concerts and beaches – a summer in Boston promises to fun.

2. Build your resume.

The variety of courses offered each summer at Brandies allows students who wish to double major, or pick up a second minor, to do so without pushing back their graduation date.  Summer is also a perfect time to get prerequisite classes completed so you can take upper-division classes during the school year.

3. Free up time in next year’s schedule.

By taking required courses in the summer, you can lighten your course load for the following year.  With your extra time, maybe you can study abroad or get an internship – two experiences future employers will notice.  Or, take the time you freed up through your summer study and sleep (you remember what your parents said – your brain needs 8 hours to function properly.)

4. Get your challenging class over with.

We all have that required class we are dreading for one reason or another.  Maybe the there is a lot of material to memorize or time-consuming projects.  Don’t sweat it – take the class over the summer when you can focus all your energy on it for a short period of time.  You still get the academic credit, you just don’t have to worry about it during the school year.

5. Earn credits for less.

Summer courses offer equivalent class credit – for less money.  That’s right, same credit, some course, same teachers – lower price.  Whether you’re a current Brandeis student, or a student at another university home for the summer, Brandeis University offers a variety of quality courses to help fulfill your requirements for graduation.

Think Summer 2013

Brandeis Summer School 2013 post

While we’re busy creating course selections and working with staff to create an amazing Brandies Summer School 2013 program, research suggests some students are thinking about summer school as early as winter break!

If you are one of those early birds already making summer plans, please sign up for our email updates. Be among the first to choose your courses and register this spring.

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Brandeis Anthropologist Javier Urcid teaches 2 courses this summer

Photo of Anthropology Professor Javier UrcidBrandeis Associate Professor and Chair of the Brandeis Anthropology Dept., Javier Urcid, will be teaching two classes this summer.  Prof. Urcid will be teaching ANTH 5a: Human Origins and ANTH 116a: Human Osteology. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Prof. Urcid studies the development of ancient complex societies in Mesoamerica: the origin and societal functions of early writing, political economy and settlement patterns, and the social and ideological dimensions of mortuary practices.

Recently, Prof. Urcid was the feature of a video on his work helping students understand ancient societies using Brandeis’ rich collection of artifacts.

Several Anthropology courses are being offered this summer:

ANTH 1a: Introduction to the Comparative Study of Human Societies with Ieva Jusionyte
Sage class number: 2109

ANTH 5a: Human Origins with Javier Urcid
Sage class number: 2070

ANTH 61b: Language in American Life with Laura Ann John
Sage class number: 2110

ANTH 105a: Myth and Ritual with Adam Gamwell
Sage class number: 2111

ANTH 116a: Human Osteology with Javier Urcid
Sage class number: 2072

ANTH 129b: Global, Transnational, and Diasporic Communities with Noah Tamarkin
Sage class number: 2073

ANTH 144a: The Anthropology of Gender with Anna Jaysane-Darr
Sage class number: 2112

To register for 2012 Brandeis Summer Classes, visit:

Course Preview: Mathematics

MATH 15a – Applied Linear Algebra

Typically this course is taken after a student has completed Techniques of Calculus A/B.  If you were able to receive credit from AP Calculus AB/BC, then you may have enrolled in this class without taking any mathematics course at Brandeis.  Assuming that you are hoping to pursue some sort of major or minor in Mathematics if you intend on taking this course, feel free to browse through the department’s website. If you are having difficulty planning additional courses in this department, email a professor or UDR.  There are many resources that are available, so use them!

This course will focus on matrices, determinants, linear equations, vector spaces, eigenvalues, quadratic forms, linear programming, and more!  Emphasis will be placed on techniques and applications.

Summer Humanities Program

Humanities, being reason and imagination, is an opportunity to explore many aspects of the world that we may not have been familiar with beforehand.  It allows us to answer questions and understand concepts from our ever-changing surroundings.  To learn more about why you should enroll in a Humanities Class this summer, please read the 5 benefits listed below:

1.  Understanding Change.  The world around us is constantly changing and in order to get the fullest understanding of everything, we first need to learn more about our past and present to figure out how to deal and manage things for our unknown future.

2.  Real People.  We are a world made up of unique individuals that cannot necessarily be listed as plots on a graph or numbers on a spreadsheet.  Each person has his or her own genetic and cultural make up.  In Humanities, people and cultures are viewed at a more personal and understanding level.  Classrooms are no longer boring lectures, but relatable learning material that is interesting, fun, and exciting!

3.  Skills.  Important skills that are necessary for doing well in Humanities courses are just as important in the real world.  Doctors, Lawyers, and other professions are continuously looking for people that can read other people and not just analyze the data given to them on a piece of paper.  If one can think analytically and critically in conjunction with analyzing the human being or group, he or she will be very successful in the job field.  Humanities courses also teach people how to express one’s self verbally and in writing in an informative and interesting way.  Overall, these courses will be extremely helpful in the long run.

4. Working together.  If your sharing and team-oriented skills were not fully shaped in kindergarden, elementary school, or during summer camp, then have no fear, because Humanities courses are here!  As long as you keep an open mind and are ready to learn the new, important skills that these courses have to offer, you will be successful in absorbing everything.

5.  Meeting new people.  If you know how to meet new people and how to handle different situations, not only will you be a huge hit at parties, but you will also have the confidence that could be quite beneficial when networking for your career.

So enroll in a Humanities course today and let literature, philosophy, and the professors shape your mind for your future.

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