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2017 JBS Programs have been announced!

The Summer 2017 JBS Programs have been announced

The 2017 Justice Brandeis Semester (JBS) programs have been announced!

The JBS programs are engaging, immersive academic programs in which small groups of students explore a topic in depth while working closely with faculty.  In addition to a strong, connected classroom component, students participate in field trips, innovative project work, and engage with guest speakers. Students earn 12 credits toward graduation while building their professional resume.  Most students also earn a semester of residency toward graduation (With enough credits, this allows a student to potentially graduate early – students should consult their Academic Advisor if attempting to graduate early).

Each JBS is tailored to a specific area of interest and is an immersive, hands-on learning experience. Summer 2017 programs include:

    • A “Bio-Inspired Design” JBS program where students study the natural world and then use nature’s example to create innovative products using the resources of the Brandeis MakerLab.
    • A “Psychology Research into School Bullying” JBS where students take two core PSYC classes (Statistics and Research Methods) while learning about, and developing solutions to, the school bullying epidemic.
    • A “Health, Law, and Justice” JBS where students explore the legal, ethical, and policy issues facing American health care. Also, given the recent presidential election, students will consider “What comes next for American health care?”
    • And a “Voice, Web and Mobile Applications” JBS where Computer Science students work in teams to design their own working smartphone apps!

Look for applications for these unique summer program to open soon!

Last Call for 2015 Brandeis Summer Courses

Online registration is no longer available, however, you may still add or drop a class by emailing until Tuesday July 7th.

See more details about important upcoming dates here.

These great summer classes may still have room:

ANTH 7a – Great Discoveries in Archaeology
BIOL 14a – Genetics and Genomics
CHEM 11b-1 – General Chemistry II – Section 1
CHEM 18b-1 – General Chemistry Laboratory II – Section 1
CHEM 25b – Organic Chemistry II, Lectures
CHEM 29b – Organic Chemistry II, Laboratory
ECON 20a – Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECON 82b – Macroeconomic Theory
ECON 171a – Financial Economics
ENG 180a – The Modern American Short Story
HISP 32a – Intermediate Spanish: Conversation
MATH 8a – Introduction to Probability and Statistics
MATH 10b – Techniques of Calculus (b)
MUS 35a – History of Rock
MUS 55a – Music in Film
PHYS 10b – Introduction to Physical Laws and Phenomena II
PHYS 18b – Introduction to Physical Laws and Phenomena II Lab
PSYC 52a – Research Methods and Laboratory in Psychology
THA 15b-2 – Public Speaking: The Art of Oral Communication (Section 2)
THA 15b-3 – Public Speaking: The Art of Oral Communication (Section 3)

In addition to getting ahead with academic requirements and unique learning experiences, Brandeis Summer School students have priority access to all of the exciting summer activities on and off campus this summer. Activities include BBQs, trips into Boston, Cambridge, and Newport, ice cream socials, movie nights, and more. All of the activities are sponsored by the Summer School and are 100% free. But sign up fast, there are a limited number of spaces for some of these events.

For more information on how to join in the summer fun contact our summer activities director Alex Jacobs at

We hope to see you this summer!

Keep Your Intellectual Edge Sharp with Convenient Summer Courses

Summertime is here, how will you be spending it? It’s not too late to enroll in a great summer course

If you are underwhelmed by your current or summer job, it might be time to consider how you can turn things around. The Brandeis summer program offers great opportunities to increase productivity and inspire change. Better yet, it is open admission so anyone who has completed high school can create a student record and easily register for classes! Are you ready to make this summer count?

Since summer courses are accelerated, it is easier to find time to make the commitment to learning something new while maintaining other obligations. For some it could be a continuation of what they previously started, while others could be inspired for change.

Whatever your reason is, Brandeis summer school offers something for everyone.

The Summer School a great selection of courses beginning in July that are easy to register for. All you have to do is create a student record in SAGE if you have not done so already, and the possibilities are endless.

We hope to see you on campus this summer!

Who Attends Brandeis Summer School?

The reasons for taking summer courses are as varied as the students who take them. Students can complete general University degree requirements, fulfill prerequisites, explore a secondary interest, focus on pre-health courses, and work on accelerating or even completing their degrees.  Yes, some students attend summer classes to make up courses, though the Summer School supports the recommendation long-held by Academic Services that time away is often the better option for students who are experiencing academic or health challenges.

There are lots of resources for planning your summer:  Academic Services, faculty advisors, and the Summer School staff are ready to help you.

So who takes summer classes?

Brandeis undergraduates make up 72% of the students taking courses in our five-week and extended session courses.  Visiting students from other colleges and universities, who return to the Greater Boston area for the summer, are another 18% of our summer audience.  Adults, high school students and University staff round out those enrolled in our 60+ courses.

With an undergraduate population of just over 3600, 73% of the Brandeis’ U.S. students live outside of Massachusetts while another 15% of the undergraduate population have international origins with China, Korea, India, Canada and Israel yielding the highest numbers of students. By the time a Brandeis class is ready to graduate almost a third of our seniors have attended a Summer School program at least once.

Brandeis Summer School 2015 Key Dates Announced

Brandeis Summer School 2015 kicks off on the first day of June, 2015. Our open-admission summer program has something for everyone with a wide range of course offerings.

Mark your calendars with the following key dates:

  • Session I: a 5-week session from June 1 to July 3, 2015
  • Session II: a 5-week session from July 6 to August 7, 2015
  • Extended Session: a 10-week session from June 1 to August 7, 2015
Course selection for classes Summer Session I must be complete by May 22, 2015. Course selection for Summer Session II must be complete by June 26, 2015.

The Brandeis Summer School offers 80+ courses on a variety of engaging topics. We offer prehealth chemistry and physics, economics, creative writing, english, biology, music, anthropology, sociology, psychology, fine arts, film studies and courses that can be taken entirely online.

If you are looking for something outside of the standard curriculum, the Justice Brandeis Semester is offering some great specialized learning opportunities that combine the traditional learning environment with real world experience. These specialized courses run 8-10 weeks and include topics in innovative scientific engineering, advanced marketing topics, and healthcare improvement strategies.


If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Stay tuned for updates, and sign up to stay informed!