Category Archives: ’17 Recruitment

Session II

Brandeis Summer Session II still has seats remaining in courses. You can register for classes until June 30.

Session II offers SOC 138A, Sociology of Race, Gender and Class, as well as COSI 12 B, Advanced Programming Techniques, among many others. The variety of courses we’re offering are sure to appeal to students who are interested in making progress towards their degrees or exploring academic interests.

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Frequently Asked Questions – Summer School Edition

Selecting, registering, and paying for any academic course can be confusing. We get that. And we’re here to help.

What courses are offered in the summer?

We offer a variety of summer courses during the summer. You can see our course offerings here.  You can select the session, and then click on your course of interest for more details on instructors, course descriptions, and requirements fulfilled by the course.

How much does a summer course cost?

Four credit lecture courses cost $2,725 and two credit lab courses cost $1,810. There is a once-per-summer $50 registration fee. Please be sure to check for additional course and lab fees when you’re planning your budget.

When are payments due?

Payment is due on the registration deadline.

Do I have to apply?

This is a great question! Brandeis students need only term activate for the summer. Visiting college students will need to move through our record creation process. High school students will need to move through an application process. We also welcome international students from other U.S. colleges and universities to the Summer School. To learn more about enrolling as an international student, click here.

When does registration close?

Registration for Summer Session II closes on June 30.

When is the first day of class?

The first day of Summer Session II will be July 10. The session runs through August 11.

When are final exams?

Once you know the start time of your course, you can look review the final exam schedule posted on our website to determine your final exam block.


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Session II Registration

With the online session and Summer Session I well underway, we’re looking forward to Summer Session II.

We’re offering a number of interesting courses. Our Session II summer classes include Anthropology courses, chemistry labs, economics offerings, classes in the arts, as well as university requirements like Public Speaking and a UWS course.

Registration for the second session is open through June 30 in SAGE.  You can learn more about the registration process on our website.

Students with questions or concerns should reach out to

SOC 117A

In 2016 Hillary Clinton was defeated in the presidential election, Simone Biles showed us what #blackgirlmagic is all about, and Mother Teresa was canonized by the Catholic church. What do all of these people have in common? The personal is political: their gender–for better or worse–certainly played a role in each of their stories.
In SOC117a, we uncover and unpack the underlying systems, institutions, and norms regarding gender that influence our lasting achievements in work and career. We identify and explore the ways in which we–as those who make up society–are responsible for and perpetuate these systems, institutions, and norms. And then we talk about our abilit(ies) to change these systems, institutions, and norms to create a just world for all.
The primary goal of this course is to give you the tools to practice seeing the world as it is–so that you can hopefully change it where you think it needs changing.
Teaching the course this summer is Kim Lucas, whose research and work focus on using her sociological tools to make the world a better place for those who live in it. Folks, get ready for 5 weeks of awesome.

ANTH 156A Power and Violence

Are you curious or confused over recent spikes in activism and how protests relate to current political powers? Do you want to know how relations of power and political authority work between dominant and subaltern groups today and how they might differ from the past? Or, how do those with greater access to power condition and constrain the choices of those without such access? What happens when encounters among individuals and groups become violent, structurally or visibly? How does power and violence relate to social justice? If you’re a student with interests in social justice, activism, anthropology, social science, and politics then this class might be for you.

Social Justice has always been at the center of Brandeis, characterizing the continued initiatives students and faculty. This summer, the course ANTH-156a Power and Violence seeks to explore this theme through addressing questions on power dynamics and violence. Through readings by classic and contemporary social theorists, we will take a critical perspective to current events paying keen attention to deeper trends that often go unnoticed. Attention will be given to activism, the recent Women’s March and Science March, ongoing debates on health care, and human rights. These subjects and much more are open for student research projects, that will drive the work of the course throughout the short semester.


As a case study this class will build towards exploring the culture of trafficking on borders, drawing on current tensions between the U.S. and Mexico from multiple perspectives. To do so, we will use media, including blog posts, podcasts, video clips, and journalism to disentangle different voices and discern why difference comes about and understand what can be done about it.


Click here for more course information and the course link for the syllabus.


Your instructor, Ryan H. Collins is a PhD Candidate in the Anthropology department focusing on Latin American Archaeology and Public Anthropology as the co-host and co-creator of the Podcast: This Anthro Life.