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: Colonial American History - Smith

This survey inquires into the development of American history from the pre-Columbian era through the end of the French and Indian War. It will explore the major social, cultural, political, and economic themes that dominated early American society. The class will illustrate how the American colonies were forged by a combination of cultures and beliefs. The goal of the class is to show the progression of America from a collection of European colonies to an independent nation. Students will be introduced to topics such as: exploration, colonization, Native American encounters, slavery, the Atlantic World, and the French and Indian War. Continuing themes will include: government policy, race, gender, slavery, ethics, leadership, religion, frontier expansion, race, and the path to revolution.

Writing: Where No Man Has Gone Before: Empire, Colonization, and Science Fiction - Erhart

Writing: Expressing Affliction: Embodied Ills from Horror Fiction to the Halls of Medicine - Bafford

This semester continues our exploration of the myriad channels through which people express affliction with an emphasis on psychological and bodily suffering. We will examine both fictional and non-fictional accounts of individual pain and consider the collective, therapeutic means by which people alleviate and treat these ills, at times through the cathartic narration thereof. Case studies will be drawn from the genre of the horror novel and studies of contemporary biomedicine, both of which address physical problems embedded in flesh, blood, and mind. At the same time, we will analyze the ways in which individual suffering—even at the inner psychological or corporeal level—may be entangled with more widespread patterns of social suffering akin to the material explored last semester. These themes serve as a medium through which to develop proficiency in academic writing, research, and oral presentation. In their critical approach to these topics, students will gain skills needed to compose the final two assignments of the Brandeis writing program: a lens essay analyzing two texts and a research essay utilizing multiple texts.

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.

Science - Anand

What is life? How does life work? Could there be life on other planets? If indeed there were, how would we ever know? As we continue to ponder these questions, we will learn what makes life possible on earth, and how it is sustained, by understanding the chemistry of the molecules that make life and the rules of how they interact with each other. Students will achieve a deeper appreciation of biomolecules by creating 3D models using the 3D printers located in the Makerlab at Brandeis University. Further, students will become part of the larger scientific and 3D-printing community by sharing their work on The course will achieve two goals: 1) jump-start students' interest in Biology and 2) make students 3D-printing technology-capable.