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Still Undecided on your Major/Minor?

Do you want to explore your major or minor options but haven’t had the time? Brandeis Summer School provides students with a general overview of many different fields of study by offering several introductory courses over the summer.

Perhaps you want to consider philosophical questions such as: What can we know about the world external to our senses? What can we know about the thoughts and feelings of others? What is the relationship between our minds and our brains? What makes an action right or wrong? The PHIL 1A: Introduction to Philosophy course aims to motivate these questions and introduce students to the methods of contemporary analytic philosophy.

Maybe you want to study the basics of neuroscience from a biological perspective: How does the brain talk to the body? How is visual information transformed from the eye to the brain? How does learning and memory work? The NPSY 11B: Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience course considers cells, circuits of neurons, and regions of the brain, but does not require prior specific biological knowledge.

Or maybe you wonder about “Globalization” and how it touches our lives more each and every day. The IGS 10A: Introduction to International and Global Studies class introduces the historical origins of globalization, then addresses the challenges of globalization to national and international governance, economic success, individual and group identities, cultural diversity, and the environment.

Perhaps you want to join the journey through the bio-cultural transformations of humanity, which highlights the emergence of bipedal locomotion, the increased levels of encephalization, changes in subsistence practices, the control of fire, the appearance of language, and the anthropogenic impacts of the global dispersal of modern humans, in ANTH 5A – Human Origins.

Whatever your interest, the Summer School offers courses from a wide variety of academic disciplines including: Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Contemporary Art, Economics, English, Fine Arts, Health Care Policy, History, International and Global Studies, Literature, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Screenplay Writing, Sociology, and Theater Arts.

Explore all of our summer course offerings and register today!

If you have questions you can always email us at summerschool@brandeis.edu.

We look forward to learning with you this summer!

Thinking about a Economics major or minor? Start your study with ECON 10a this summer!

ECON 10A: Introduction to Microeconomics is intended for all possible economics majors, minors, and for all other students who plan to take Econ 20 (Introduction to Macroeconomics) later in their academic career. This is the first economics course that economics students should take at Brandeis, and anyone contemplating a major or minor should start with this course.

The course will give you an idea of the range of behaviors that economists investigate, introduce you to the basic tools that we use to analyze economic behavior, and apply these tools to public policy issues. Perhaps most important, this course will introduce you to the “economic way of thinking,” an approach to decision making that applies to personal decisions, to the decisions of businesses, labor unions and other organizations, and to the larger choices that society faces.

This course satisfies the School of Social Science (SS) distribution requirement and the Quantitative Reasoning (QR) component of the General University Requirements. It is also the first course for any student considering a concentration or minor in Economics.

This course has two “broad” goals. First, it is hoped that everyone will come out of this course a more educated citizen, being able to use basic economic principles to critically evaluate the arguments for and against public policy proposals (various tax proposals, immigration reform). Second, this course should give students the theoretical tools necessary for success in subsequent economics courses.

Learn more about registration for the Brandeis Summer School here.

Registration for 2019 Summer School is now open!

The Brandeis University Summer School is excited to announce the opening of Summer 2019 registration in Sage.  Brandeis students can now enroll in summer classes for Summer Session 1 and 2 as well as the online session (Session 0).

We hope you will join us for a class this summer – on campus or online. We’re offering a variety of courses this year to help you fulfill degree requirements and explore new academic interests. Many students also use summer to focus on challenging courses like Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Psychology, or Economics. Some use summer term to work on a second or third major. Others use summer to lighten their course load in a future semester when they might be studying abroad or working at an internship.

Whatever your reason is, the Brandeis Summer School offers you the chance to study and connect with our talented faculty and fellow students in small classes – either on-campus or online!

About Summer School

The Brandeis Summer School is an open admission program and welcomes visiting students who regularly attend other colleges and universities. Visiting students can do not need to provide transcripts or proof that a course prerequisite has been satisfied (we trust that visiting students know best what they want and need for their academic progress). However, visiting students should check with their home institution (typically their Registrar’s Office) regarding the ability to transfer Brandeis courses back to your school. To assist you in obtaining this permission, we provide information on course levels and course numbering at Brandeis, as well as draft copies of our summer course syllabi.  One Brandeis semester course credit is equivalent to four units or four credit hours at other universities.

How To Register

For Brandeis students, registration for summer courses is very similar to registration in the Fall or Spring.  There are a few important differences which are summarized here:
http://www.brandeis.edu/summer/registration/visiting-students/index.html

When registering, Brandeis students also need to start the registration process by telling Sage you want your student record active for summer. In the Sage Student Center page, Brandeis students will need to click “Summer School Term Activation” to activate their record for summer before enrolling. Please consult our helpful step-by-step guide to registering for summer in Sage if you need assistance.

2019 Summer Session Dates

  • Session I – June 3 to July 5, 2019
  • Session II – July 8 to August 9, 2019
  • Online Session – June 3 to August 11, 2019

Our full academic calendar can be found here:
http://www.brandeis.edu/summer/calendars/academic-calendar/index.html

Please note that if you wish to register for an online course, you will first need to complete a brief online orientation. To enroll in the online orientation, please email summerschool@brandeis.edu with the online courses you wish to take. Upon successful completion of the orientation, you will receive a Permission Number to enroll. If you wish to enroll in an upper-level Economics course, you will need to contact Leslie Yanich, the Economics Department administrator, at lesliey@brandeis.edu, for a consent code.

Learn More

Website: http://www.brandeis.edu/summer/

Email: summerschool@brandeis.edu

We look forward to learning with you this summer!

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Get online and get outside this summer!

Get online and get outside this summer!

Our online BISC 11a: Biodiversity Connections class will help you do both!

Photo of a lake, small island, trees, mountain, sky, and buildings representing bio-diversity

If you are looking to complete your Brandeis School of Science graduation requirement then check out BISC 11a: Biodiversity Connections.  (BISC 11a is open to any college student or degree recipient with an interest in the subject matter.  The course is also open to select high school students.)
This online course will help you discover the natural world by doing citizen science (via iNaturalist.org) in tandem with an exploration of ecology and evolution. So, if you are curious about the natural world and want to explore nature (from anywhere in the world), then this course is a great opportunity for you to get outside and discover local biodiversity.

Photo of a young woman working on her course work in a city park

BISC 11a is taught by Prof. Colleen Hitchcock of the Biology Department and Environmental Studies Program and is designed to promote local exploration of biodiversity through citizen science while you learn the fundamentals of ecology and evolution. Throughout the 10-week course you’ll have a chance to delve into the basics of biodiversity science and make contributions to biodiversity research by using a digital camera or cell phone to capture data about the biodiversity you interact with every day.
Biodiversity Connections is an entry-level science course designed to satisfy the School of Science graduation requirement and there are no prerequisites to this course! (The Science graduation requirement needs to be completed by all Brandeis students – not just students majoring in the Sciences!) 
Enrolled students will discover how everyone can make scientific contributions through citizen science and will use citizen science research to complement the scientific topics explored in each week’s online discussions. So get outside and explore the natural world regardless of if your summer is being spent in an urban center, suburb, or remote natural location while completing this online summer course.

Click here to learn more about online courses at Brandeis and how online classes are conducted!

Photo of a an ariel view of a city with busy highways and green spaces teeming with biodiversity.

Online Courses

This summer Brandeis will be offering nearly a dozen courses in a variety of subject areas that are taught entirelyonline. If you have reliable internet access this summer, you can make progress toward your degree from anywhere in the world.

Best of all, most Brandeis online summer classes are “asynchronous” – which simply means that you don’t have to be online in front of your computer and webcam at set days and times each week. Instead, students have common course deadlines for completing the readings, submitting assignments, critiquing peer work, posting original contributions to online discussion forums, and replying to classmates. Use this flexibility to balance your summer work, family commitments, and social life.

Here are just some of the benefits to taking an online class at Brandeis this summer:

Learn wherever you want
Since there are no physical class meetings, you can work on your class from anywhere you want: at home in pajamas; by the pool; on vacation; waiting for a bus, plane, or train; at your favorite coffee shop; on a treadmill at the gym; or at your summer job when work is slow.

Learn whenever you want
Some folks are early risers and at their best in the morning. Others are night owls and do their best work after the sun goes down. With an online class, you can choose when you want to work on your class… as long as you are meeting those common course deadlines. So you can work when you are at your best.

Present your best work
In most classes, you will use discussion forums to interact with the material and your classmates. If you have ever hesitated to speak out in class, an online class is an ideal place to let your voice be heard. You can organize your thoughts, research the points you want to make, and rework your argument, all before you hit “submit.” By the end of the class, you’ll find that you are not only more adept in your chosen subject area, but that you have also honed your writing skills.

Small classes
Most online Brandeis summer classes have a maximum of 15 students, some courses are even smaller.

Brandeis online summer classes count toward your degree
In fact, all Brandeis Summer School classes count toward your GPA, as credits toward graduation, and help you to fulfill major, minor, and graduation requirements. Classes taken at other schools during the summer generally only count for purpose – meaning they can help you fulfill a prerequisite, but will not count in your GPA or toward credits for graduation. (Special conditions may apply for Brandeis transfer students – transfer students should consult the Brandeis Bulletin)

About the Online Summer Session:
Our online summer session runs for 10 weeks, classes begin on June 4 and run through August 12, 2018. To ensure online classes remain small, space is limited. To enroll, students must complete a short, free, self-paced orientation to online learning in LATTE before you can enroll in an online class. Email us at summersc@brandeis.edu to be enrolled in the online orientation.