Category Archives: ’18 Courses

End of Summer

Well, we made it through another wonderful season of Brandeis Summer School. Although we’re looking forward to the fall foliage, we’re sad to see summer end.

This year, we had an incredible group of Teaching Assistants, Program Assistants, and Activities Staff – and we’re grateful for their work to make this year a success.

We’ll spend our fall looking ahead to Summer 2019. If you have classes you’d like to see, improvements you’d like to suggest, or questions you’d like answers to, please email us at summersc@brandeis.edu. We’re always happy to hear from our students.

We hope you’ll join us again next summer – and until then, best of luck with your studies! 

Summer Session II

There are still a few days left to register for Brandeis Summer Session II!

We’ve extended our registration deadline to Saturday, June 30 at midnight. You can review our summer course offerings listed online – and look closely by sorting to Session II and department, if you’re interested.

Session II begins on July 9 and runs through August 10 of this year. We’re offering classes across disciplines this year – with something for everyone.

If you’re a Brandeis student, you can enroll in a course in SAGE once you have term activated for summer.

If you’re a visiting student from another US college or university- welcome! – you can move through the record creation process by following these steps.

“Women, Gender, and Sexualities” is being offered in Summer Session 2

Photo of the Women's Studies Research Center building at Brandeis University

Photo of the Women’s Studies Research Center building at Brandeis University

Further fueled with the rise of the #MeToo movement, issues regarding women and gender are daily topics of discussion. This summer, you have the opportunity to dive into these issues, consider the impact, and form and inform your opinion. WMGS 5A: Women, Gender, and Sexualities will be taught during Summer Session II which runs from July 9-August 10.

The course will focus on identity, and how institutions, as well as behaviors, shape and intersect with a broad range of human affairs. Instructor Samantha Leonard will lead the class through an exploration of gender as a social, cultural, and intellectual category here in the United States and across the globe.  Join the conversation by enrolling in WMGS 5A.
About the course: 

WMGS 5A  serves as a gateway course and is required for the minor or major in Women’s Gender and Sexualities Studies at Brandeis.  The course also counts as an elective in International and Global Studies and Social Justice and Social Policy.

Learn more about the course by reviewing in the course syllabus.

To enroll in WMGS 5A:
Brandeis students simply need to log in to their SAGE accounts, term activate for summer, and enroll.
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If you’re a visiting student – welcome! The Brandeis Summer School Office is ready to support you through the process to create a Brandeis student record.

Enroll today!  Enrollment closes on June 30th! 

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.