Brandeis 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:
3 new classes have been added to Summer 2012!
BIOL 172b – Growth Control and Cancer with Justin Dore
M, T, W, Th 9:00 – 10:50 AM
Summer Session I: May 29 to June 29, 2012
Requirements Fulfilled: sn
This course covers the fundamental rules of behavior of cells in multicellular organisms. We will examine cellular and molecular mechanisms that govern cell growth, and differentiation and survival in normal cells, as well as how this regulation is disrupted in cancer.
JOUR 89a – Contemporary Media: Internship and Analysis with Maura Jane Farrelly
Extended Summer Session: May 29 to August 3, 2012
Prerequisite: AMST 15a, 137b, or 138b
This course brings together students who are independently engaged in various media internships and provides an opportunity for them to exchange their experiences w
ith other students and to discuss and analyze related readings. Students will receive career guidance in the various communication fields and they will have an opportunity to practice job-hunting skills, such as resume and cover letter writing. Students who choose to satisfy the journalism minor’s internship option must take this course. Students should first contact Prof. Maura Jane Farrelly to discuss their proposed Internship, or for advice in finding an internship site.
HISP 104b – Peoples, Ideas, and Language of the Hispanic World with Jorge Arteta
M, T, Th 8:30 – 10:50 AM
Summer Session I: May 29 to June 29, 2012
Requirements Fulfilled: hum, fl
Prerequisite: 30-level Spanish course or equivalent.
This course offers an opportunity to expand the participants’ linguistic skills in Spanish while simultaneously deepening their understanding of Hispanic culture. The main theme of the course is the history and ideas that shape the Spanish-speaking world, from its peninsular origins to the realities of Spanish-speakers in the Americas, including the United States.
The following topics will be studied throughout the course:
- Concepts of identity and culture
- Religion and mythology in the course of history
- Dynamics of nation formation
- Hispanic peoples, ideas and languages in the USA
Pertinent vocabulary and complex grammar not mastered in previous courses will be studied, contextualized and applied during the course as appropriate. Please note that most of the study of grammar will be assigned to be done outside of class, as well as the course manual’s activities. Students will improve their listening skills, as well as develop new strategies to acquire new vocabulary and carry out the following functions in Spanish: narrating, describing, giving out advice and recommendations, comparing and contrasting, expressing opinions and providing valid arguments.
Registration is now open!
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Just a reminder that most of the Summer Courses for 2012 have syllabi posted! Be sure to take a look at the many courses available and plan out your Summer!
Summer registration is just around the corner, making this weekend the perfect time to think about enrolling in the Summer Program at Brandeis University. The unique programs that our University has this summer will gladly facilitate the learning experience of your undergraduate career.
Some of you may believe that Summer School is attached with the negative stigma that it had in the 90’s, along with detention and demerits. This is one of the greatest misconceptions of the Summer Program. In fact, those who enroll in summer courses are of the most proactive students at this campus. In order to redesign the phrase “Brandeis Summer School,” I would strongly advise you to read the following:
Major(s)/Minor(s) – As Brandeisian students, we know many individuals who have decided to declare everything more than the single major that we are all required to have. Since Brandeis students typically have only 7 or 8 semesters at the University, sometimes it is difficult to find the time to take all of the requirements for the various majors and/or minors. These students should be strongly encouraged by an advisor, parent, or even a peer to enroll in summer courses.
Midyears – Even though Brandeis makes the Midyear transition extremely easy and manageable for all of these students to graduate with the rest of their class, it could be helpful for a student who arrived as a Midyear to enroll in a summer course or two. There is no reason why anyone should have anxiety over the number of credits that he or she has.
Internship Opportunities – There are countless majors and minors that require some sort of internship along with the rest of the required courses. If you are like me, then it is difficult to imagine putting in an additional 10 hours every week for an internship on top of all of your classes. Every summer there are different internship opportunities available. If you know that your major or minor requires some sort of internship, keep posted on the summer course announcements.
Going Abroad – Going abroad is a right of passage that many students choose to take in their college years. Although it is not necessarily for everyone, there are some concerns for those who are on the fence. One of the largest reasons that I believe students do not go abroad is because of academic requirements that need to be finished on the home front. That being said, the Summer Program is the perfect place to knock a few courses out of the way. This will free up your schedule and allow you to take interesting courses abroad that are not available here at Brandeis.
Graduating Early – Attention, eager beavers that want to get into the “real” world as quickly as possible, Summer School can, yet again, be used to your advantage. By taking a few summer courses and maybe one or two extra courses over your years at Brandeis, you will be able to receive enough credits to graduate early!
University Requirements – In order maintain the liberal nature that Brandeis has come to be, we are required to take many courses outside what we are comfortable with an expand our academic horizons. That being said, sometimes certain University Requirements escape out from under us and are found to be offered during inconvenient times (schedule conflicts, early in the morning, etc.). In order to receive the proper credits for these courses, Brandeis University allows you to enroll in courses that satisfy many, if not all, of the University Requirements.
Location, Location, Location!! – Last, but not least, we have one of the most positive reasons to be at Brandeis University over the summer, which is being at Brandeis University over the summer. With incredible weather and its close proximity to Boston, there are countless things to do to enjoy yourself over the summer weeks.