Category: Summer Classes 2013 (page 1 of 2)

Write Fiction, Poetry, Travel Writing, or Your Memoirs this Summer!

Take a writing course at Brandeis in Summer 2013

Write Fiction, Poetry, Travel Writing, or Your Memoirs this Summer!

Take ENG 129a Writing Workshop in Summer Session II: July 8 to August 9, 2013

The class meets T, W, Th 11:00 AM – 01:30 PM, and is a 4-credit hour course fulfilling the Brandeis Graduation Requirements of Writing Intensive (wi) and Humanities (hum),

In this course, this writers’ circle will explore various approaches to writing in the genre of your choice: fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.

As models for writing, we will choose from such writers as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jhumpa Lahiri, Tim O’Brien (The Things They Carried), Tobias Wolff, Sherman Alexie, Pico Iyer, and, among other poets, Billy Collins.  However, the focus of this workshop will be on your original work, including options in literary journalism, travel writing, and memoir.

Your final projects will be considered for publication in FUSION: A Global Forum of Words, Music, and Art:

This course is available for Undergraduate Credit only in Summer 2013. You can view a syllabus for this class here.  This class is a graded course but Brandeis students may use up one of their Pass/Fail options for this course.


If you have questions about the course, please contact the Instructor, Professor Joseph Coroniti, at:

THA 71a Playwriting 2013

THA 71a Playwriting

Dreams of being an acclaimed Playwright?

Have a story that you’ve been yearning to tell?

This summer students will have the opportunity to write a One-Act Play with our Online THA 71a Playwriting class.  By way of webcams, students from across the U.S. (or just across Waltham!) will have the chance to collaborate on short dramas in an scriptwriting workshop.

Twice a week, students and instructor will sit around a virtual “writers’ table” and create three-dimensional characters in conflict, engaging dialogue, and stories that grab the audience’s attention.  Many creative opportunities: drama; comedy; one-man/woman shows; film and cable adaptations of plays; performance art; and the option to create multimedia work employing other arts forms, e.g., music, video, or photography.  Other topics: role-playing and improvisation, creating upbeat action, tension and conflict, and “the power of myth.”

As models for writing, students will consider a small number of plays and films by great dramatists, e.g., Peter Shaffer (Amadeus), Harold Pinter, Edward Albee, and David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross).  However, the focus of this workshop will be on students’ original scripts.  By the end of the course, participants will write one ten-minute play and one one-act play.

Student scripts will be considered for publication in FUSION: A Global Forum of Words, Music, and Art:

THA 71a: Playwriting
June 3-August 9, 2013
Online Class Meetings: Tuesday, Thursday: 6:00-7:30 pm EST
Theater Arts Department, Brandeis University

Click here more information about the course and a link to the course syllabus.

Your instructor will be Joseph A. Coroniti, PhD, Professor, Drama & Film, email:



Course Spotlight: PHIL 21a Environmental Ethics

Are you still looking for a summer course? Consider a course that concerns all life on the planet!

PHIL 21a: Environmental Ethics with Prof. Ben Sherman

Clearly, it would be wrong and foolish for us to destroy the natural resources we can’t live without, or to pollute for no good reason.  In this PHIL 21a Environmental Ethics we will examine more interesting questions, like…

  • Do animals have rights we should be protecting?  What about plants?  Or ecosystems?
  • If technology can make the environment more healthy or sustainable, does it matter whether the environment is left in its natural state?
  • Should there be laws against having large families, to prevent overpopulation?
  • What if the best way to fight poverty is to stop fighting global warming?


Find out what philosophical reflection and competing ethical theories can tell us about current ecological concerns, Mon, Wed, Thur from 1:30pm-3:50pm in Summer Session I.  PHIL 21a satisfies the Brandeis Humanities Graduation Requirement. You can view a full syllabus for this class here.
Sage class number: 2106
Course Tuition: $2,320 plus a nonrefundable once per summer $50 registration fee


The Secret To Getting A Leg Up On This Fall Semester

Brandeis Summer Courses University College 2013

As our senior friends prepare for Commencement 2013 it’s important to look back and take stock of what they’ve been able accomplish here at the university. Whether you’ve got friends who are plotting their course in the real world this summer or moving on to tackle their graduate degrees, an important lesson we can all take stock in this spring is to never underestimate the power of planning.

Just four years ago many students found themselves on the Brandeis campus for the very first time, looking forward to the long road of classes, term papers, group projects and eventually graduation. Regardless of your road to an undergraduate degree, most students will tell you that it takes an immense amount of self-motivation, focus, preparation and time management. Especially in the summer!

So how’d they do it? Well, many of the graduating seniors this year planned ahead by completing their entire core course load in the fall semester!

By taking advantage of Brandeis’ summer school programs many students have found themselves in the position to explore new opportunities outside the classroom for their last spring semester of college. Whether it’s an internship with a local Massachusetts company, an experimental course outside their core curriculum, or taking time to focus on personal development, many students will agree that some small adjustments to their summer schedule has paid off in the long term.

It’s easy get a step ahead of your credits for both fall and spring semesters with some smart planning during the summertime.

Steal Some Sunshine While Earning Credits This Summer

Get Outside While Earning Credits This Summer

Whether you’ve just finished finals or are cramming hard to close out the Spring semester it’s important to start planning for the Summer months. As the weather starts to warm up we’re all looking for ways to get out and experience the beauty of Boston, and what better way to capture that feeling than by taking a course that lets you stretch your creative muscles!

summer classes

summer classes

Starting in Summer Session I, Brandeis’ Film Production I course gives students the opportunity to explore the process of creative storytelling as well as shoot two short films of your very own. Not only is this an opportunity to explore your creative filmmaking side, you’ll also have the freedom to turn the city into your studio.

This summer you can also learn the basics of digital photography techniques and dive into the history of visual arts with the Introduction to Digital Photography. Make the university your muse and explore outside the campus with organized field trips designed to give students a variety of digital canvases.

Looking for an excuse to catch a game at Fenway Park this summer? With a course in Sports Writing you’ll get to learn from the greats that write about the game and test your knowledge with a weekly sporting quiz. Including readings from famed Boston Globe columnists Bob Ryan and Dan Shaughnessy, this course gives you the inside scoop on what it takes to cover a professional team from within.

So start planning your days inside and out of the classroom and get a step ahead of your fall credits with a creative course in the summer months.

Enroll today!

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