MKTYP Courses


Students in the Myra Kraft TYP take five courses per semester.  Four of those courses, referred to as "MKTYP Courses" are exclusive to students in the Myra Kraft TYP.  The fifth class is a Brandeis undergraduate course, which students choose in consultation with the MKTYP Director.  To help you anticipate the types of material presented in the MKTYP, and the workload, we have provided the following examples of descriptions for MKTYP courses.

Program Courses

Computer Science: Hickey

In this course you will learn how to create interactive websites (web apps) using modern software technology and you will complete a final project in teams of 3 or 4 in which you create your own interactive database-backed web application.

Social Science: Embodied Faith: A Historical Analysis of Race & Religion in Black Life in America - Yarbor

This course introduces students to a set of narratives that contribute to the larger story of Black religious life in the United States from slavery to the contemporary period.  It explores the histories of Christianity, Judaism and Islam and how African Americans and other persons of African descent have practiced these religions, which have often resulted in these traditions taking unique form in these contexts.  Special attention is given to non-traditional groups, their practices and beliefs, particularly within Judaism and Islam.  This study of Black Christians, Jews and Muslims certainly do not capture all of the possibilities of Black religiosity, but they do represent an important part of the religious history of this country. By demonstrating that legacy at work, as presented through the groups examined in this course, students will learn about the historical factors that have influenced how individuals and groups have engaged religion.  These communities will demonstrate a range of embodied faith, often as they have searched for authentic self-hood while being tightly connected to the social dramas unfolding outside their communities throughout American history. This course will deal with the intersections of the social aspirations of the Black community and the role of religion in reaching those aspirations. 

Writing: Elementary Structures of the Academic Life: An Introduction to the Style, Substance, and Logics of Scholarly Discourse - Bafford

Throughout the first half of this two-semester course, students will learn the fundamentals of college writing and argumentation. Core skills required for any kind of writing at the university level will be practiced, with the goal of sharpening the ability to convey and organize ideas in expository writing. At the same time, students will explore unique expectations of particular disciplines that guide how scholars write within the physical sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. The implicit structures and rules underlying academic writing will be considered in depth, with a strong emphasis on practical criticism of cutting-edge research across the curriculum. Students will improve their grasp of written style and organization, and by the end of the course they will have sharpened the foundational capacity, transferrable to multiple areas of study, to build effective rhetorical arguments at the university level.

Quantitative Reasoning - Martin

Beginning with probability theory, this course introduces the basic ideas and tools of statistical analysis and presentation of data.  Students will also learn to use a spreadsheet program in the process of completing their assignments. The probability component covers event spaces, independent events, contingent events and Bayes Law.  Repeated trials of an event are modeled with the binomial distribution.  Examples for study are drawn from science, technology and social science as well as from the traditional dice and cards. The statistics component deals with the chi-square, normal and t distributions and their related tests.  The notions of hypotheses and critical regions are applied throughout.  Criteria for selecting a statistical test are discussed.  The normal approximation of the binomial distribution is presented as a computational tool.  The course finishes with an introduction to confidence intervals.

Quantitative Reasoning - Lupis

Part 1 of this course introduced students to experimental design and statistical analysis common to psychology, sociology, and other social sciences. In part 2 of this course, students will learn more about each step of the experimental process including experiment conceptualization and design, choosing appropriate assessment tools, and preliminary and experimental data analysis. This course will be conducted as a workshop that fully integrates lectures, exercises, and laboratory assignments to give you experience within each of these steps. In small sections, you will actively participate in laboratory tasks that demonstrate the range of activities in experimental research. The class will culminate which each student writing an APA style research report. Pending IRB approval, students may present this data in the form of a conference-style talk or poster presentation.

Writing: International Voices: Short Fiction Across Cultures - Spack

This first-semester writing course focuses on developing analytical, interpretive, and argumentative skills that are essential for writing about fiction in clear and compelling prose. In advance of crafting formal essays, students will have numerous opportunities to take risks and test out ideas through informal writing assignments, in and outside class. By bringing their own histories, backgrounds, assumptions, and beliefs to international stories, students can deepen their understanding of the historical, political, economic, and social forces that shape people’s lives across cultures.