Category Archives: Summer Courses

Still Undecided on your Major/Minor?

Do you want to explore your major or minor options but haven’t had the time? Brandeis Summer School provides students with a general overview of many different fields of study by offering several introductory courses over the summer.

Perhaps you want to consider philosophical questions such as: What can we know about the world external to our senses? What can we know about the thoughts and feelings of others? What is the relationship between our minds and our brains? What makes an action right or wrong? The PHIL 1A: Introduction to Philosophy course aims to motivate these questions and introduce students to the methods of contemporary analytic philosophy.

Maybe you want to study the basics of neuroscience from a biological perspective: How does the brain talk to the body? How is visual information transformed from the eye to the brain? How does learning and memory work? The NPSY 11B: Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience course considers cells, circuits of neurons, and regions of the brain, but does not require prior specific biological knowledge.

Or maybe you wonder about “Globalization” and how it touches our lives more each and every day. The IGS 10A: Introduction to International and Global Studies class introduces the historical origins of globalization, then addresses the challenges of globalization to national and international governance, economic success, individual and group identities, cultural diversity, and the environment.

Perhaps you want to join the journey through the bio-cultural transformations of humanity, which highlights the emergence of bipedal locomotion, the increased levels of encephalization, changes in subsistence practices, the control of fire, the appearance of language, and the anthropogenic impacts of the global dispersal of modern humans, in ANTH 5A – Human Origins.

Whatever your interest, the Summer School offers courses from a wide variety of academic disciplines including: Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Contemporary Art, Economics, English, Fine Arts, Health Care Policy, History, International and Global Studies, Literature, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Screenplay Writing, Sociology, and Theater Arts.

Explore all of our summer course offerings and register today!

If you have questions you can always email us at summerschool@brandeis.edu.

We look forward to learning with you this summer!

Pursue your Passion for the Arts this Summer!

Are you interested in exploring your creative side this summer? It is the perfect time to take a course in the arts with Brandeis Summer School!

Summer class options include:
FA 165A: Contemporary Art – ONLINE CLASS!

This course addresses art at the turn of the 20th century with attention to intersections of art and identity, politics, economy, and history. It will begin with discussions of art in the United States as New York City established itself as the capital of contemporary art and then move to consider art communities around the world that have become prominent as the art world, like politics and the economy, have become increasingly globalized.

ENG 21A: Young Adult Literature

Like myth, Young Adult literature brings us to the most elemental aspects of literary experience, and it does that in the most compelling and interesting way. It takes the experiences of young adults as seriously as they should be taken, and offers joy and consolation to its audience. In this course students will examine what is genuinely great about the work of Young Adult authors like J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Philip Pullman, and Lois Lowry. You’ll study how literature works, and in particular what makes narrative powerful.

ENG 79A: Screenwriting Workshop: Beginning Screenplay

There’s never been a better time to become a screenwriter. Breakthroughs in technology, production, and distribution have heightened the demand for good scripts. Whether you want to write a micro-budget indie or a Hollywood blockbuster, this course provides all the essential tools you’ll need. Learn the fundamentals – structure, story arc, character development – and develop the first act of your feature screenplay. You’ll also watch and analyze recent movies. You’ll never look at a movie the same way again!

FA 3A: Introduction to Drawing I

Through a solid understanding of its form and principles, students will be encouraged to instigate intuitive and open responses to perceptual and conceptual sources. Students will address the role of drawing as part of their creative process.

FA 178B: Seminar on Chinese Calligraphy: History and Practice

This seminar examines the art and history of Chinese calligraphy. The goal is to introduce students of different Chinese-language levels (not limited to native-speakers) to canonical works of calligraphy as well as the enthusiasm and creativity these works have generated through the ages. From anonymous oracle bones and stone inscriptions to famed masterpieces, such as Wang Xizhi’s “Lanting Pavilion Preface,” and from original renderings to copies of others’ compositions, this course showcases the kaleidoscopic range that makes calligraphy a visual-linguistic art form beyond “words.” The multifaceted functions of stylized writing—such as for political, religious, and expressive purposes—will also be explored.

ENG 180A: The Modern American Short Story

Short stories bring you to the heart of narrative in a way that no other kind of literature does. Novels, plays, and movies have time to do world-building, and therefore they can give you a sense of what’s unique about their world. But short stories have to be far more direct, have to interact with readers in their own world. Over 5 weeks students will explore many of these worlds as they read and discuss several short stories every class!

THA 130A-1 & 2: Suzuki

Developed by the Japanese theater artist Tadashi Suzuki, the Suzuki method of acting training develops physical strength, stamina, and agility while engaging the imagination and will of the actor. Through a series of walks, statues, and marches, students are taught to breathe and move from the core of their bodies. This training allows students to act from physical impulse, resulting in a deep and personal experience of language and the world of play. This class also counts as one activity course toward the physical education requirement.

View all of the Summer Arts Courses and Syllabi Online.

Enroll today! Space is limited!

 

Questions? Email us at: summerschool@brandeis.edu

Which Hogwarts’ house do you belong to?

Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff? Discover your house loyalty this summer with William Flesch in his Young Adult Literature class (ENG 21A).

You will explore the purest form of story-telling and ponder what it means to be a person (human or otherwise). Since this is a summer class, the reading list is flexible and at the beginning of the course students and the instructor will brainstorm a set of readings together.

Book options may include:

  • Rowling: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Cooper: The Hunger Games
  • Stevenson: Kidnapped
  • Pullman: The Golden Compass
  • Lewis: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Valente: Space Opera
  • Lowry: The Giver

Interested in skipping straight to the heart of the narrative? Explore how very short fiction works in William Flesch’s Modern American Short Story class (ENG 180A).

You will be able to propose your preferred reading list and select which short stories you want to explore and examine further this summer. Past picks included writers as different as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Flannery O’Connor, Richard Wright, and Harry Turtledove.

William Flesch is a Professor of English at Brandeis and works on the “nature of literary experience, from Homer through present day movies, and on what an accurate description of literary experience can offer evolutionary psychologists and cognitive theorists.”  He has been cited by Newsweek as one of America’s “Great College Professors”: https://www.newsweek.com/four-great-college-professors-78703

Space for this summer is filling up quickly so reserve your spot today!

If you have any questions e-mail us at: summerschool@brandeis.edu.

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Registration for 2019 Summer School is now open!

The Brandeis University Summer School is excited to announce the opening of Summer 2019 registration in Sage.  Brandeis students can now enroll in summer classes for Summer Session 1 and 2 as well as the online session (Session 0).

We hope you will join us for a class this summer – on campus or online. We’re offering a variety of courses this year to help you fulfill degree requirements and explore new academic interests. Many students also use summer to focus on challenging courses like Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Psychology, or Economics. Some use summer term to work on a second or third major. Others use summer to lighten their course load in a future semester when they might be studying abroad or working at an internship.

Whatever your reason is, the Brandeis Summer School offers you the chance to study and connect with our talented faculty and fellow students in small classes – either on-campus or online!

About Summer School

The Brandeis Summer School is an open admission program and welcomes visiting students who regularly attend other colleges and universities. Visiting students can do not need to provide transcripts or proof that a course prerequisite has been satisfied (we trust that visiting students know best what they want and need for their academic progress). However, visiting students should check with their home institution (typically their Registrar’s Office) regarding the ability to transfer Brandeis courses back to your school. To assist you in obtaining this permission, we provide information on course levels and course numbering at Brandeis, as well as draft copies of our summer course syllabi.  One Brandeis semester course credit is equivalent to four units or four credit hours at other universities.

How To Register

For Brandeis students, registration for summer courses is very similar to registration in the Fall or Spring.  There are a few important differences which are summarized here:
http://www.brandeis.edu/summer/registration/visiting-students/index.html

When registering, Brandeis students also need to start the registration process by telling Sage you want your student record active for summer. In the Sage Student Center page, Brandeis students will need to click “Summer School Term Activation” to activate their record for summer before enrolling. Please consult our helpful step-by-step guide to registering for summer in Sage if you need assistance.

2019 Summer Session Dates

  • Session I – June 3 to July 5, 2019
  • Session II – July 8 to August 9, 2019
  • Online Session – June 3 to August 11, 2019

Our full academic calendar can be found here:
http://www.brandeis.edu/summer/calendars/academic-calendar/index.html

Please note that if you wish to register for an online course, you will first need to complete a brief online orientation. To enroll in the online orientation, please email summerschool@brandeis.edu with the online courses you wish to take. Upon successful completion of the orientation, you will receive a Permission Number to enroll. If you wish to enroll in an upper-level Economics course, you will need to contact Leslie Yanich, the Economics Department administrator, at lesliey@brandeis.edu, for a consent code.

Learn More

Website: http://www.brandeis.edu/summer/

Email: summerschool@brandeis.edu

We look forward to learning with you this summer!

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“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!