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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.

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:

http://www.brandeis.edu/summer/registration/ready.html

Introductory Biology 15b

BIOL 15b is one of the more basic biology courses that fulfills the science requirement. Often you’ll see non-science majors in the lecture hall alongside those newly embarking on a science concentration.  This class touches on many of the same concepts found in the AP Biology curriculum, which explains why the registrar recommends against taking this course if you have taken AP Bio.  Because there is a lot of material to cover, it is important that you remain focus throughout the session and try to absorb as much of it as possible.  If you are taking this course with the intention of enrolling in BIOL 22a/b in the future, this course will provide an excellent foundation for those future courses.  Be sure to save your notes and lectures, perhaps they will be useful in semesters to come!

Course Tuition: $2,236 plus a nonrefundable, once per summer $50 registration fee.
http://www.brandeis.edu/summer/courses/offerings.php?sessionid=0&programid=25#

Why Brandeis?

If you are already a member of the Brandeisian community, then you don’t really need to ask, “Why Brandeis?”  You might not know the answer, but you do have that gut feeling that this is home.  When thinking about the struggles that one may have regarding transferring credits, new architectural campus schemes, new professors, and unfamiliar rules and regulations- you might be a little hesitant to enroll in any type of summer school.  However, if you have already spent one semester or more, then you already have the hang of the Brandeis system.

If you have decided to enroll in the Brandeis Summer Program as a non-Brandeis Student, well then you are in luck because the campus offers maps for all those that need help.  Not to mention that if you have an iPhone, then you can download the Brandeis Campus App which is fully equipped with a map of the campus.  In this day and age, no one will get lost on their way to his or her first class.  If getting lost was the last thing on your mind, and you were more concerned about the academics, whether it would be too difficult or a walk in the park, there are ways to facilitate each and everyone’s learning experiences.  The professors and TA’s will guide you through every part of the class, but you need to put in the effort as well.  If you are uncertain about which particular level of a course you should take, then send an email and get a second opinion.  Professors are here to help and are valuable resources to anyone who needs.