An Elite Research University

The institution uses an interdisciplinary educational approach that recognizes the importance of a broad-based, liberal arts background in helping you achieve your personal and professional goals. This means that Brandeis students leave the university with experiences that make them a more active, engaged citizen, and skills that will help them be successful in work or graduate school.

A distinct hallmark of a Brandeis education is experiential learning. Experiential learning takes many forms and encompasses a variety of hands-on experiences, including research, fieldwork, community-engaged learning, internships and more. A flexible curriculum that allows students to pursue multiple academic interests, and highly accessible faculty members who are leaders in their fields, help Brandeis students make the most of their college experience.

In light of this, general education requirements will be revised as of July 1, 2019. The new academic structure will encourage students to enroll in courses that will highlight transferable skills across disciplines. It also enables exploration outside of one’s major/minor program(s). Read more about these changes in the Brandeis Online Bulletin.

The Curriculum

Brandeis students must complete 32 courses in order to graduate. In addition to completing the requirements for at least one major, students must complete Brandeis' General University requirements which include:

  • University Writing Seminar
  • One course from the School of Science
  • One course from the School of Humanities
  • One course from the School of Social Science
  • One course from the School of Creative Arts
  • One quantitative reasoning course
  • One Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Studies in the United States course
  • One Difference and Justice in the World course 
  • Completion of the third semester of a language sequence or its equivalent
  • Completion of course(s) within one’s major that satisfies writing, digital literacy, and oral communication requirements
  • Three Health, Wellness and Life Skills modules

Learn more about graduation requirements for Brandeis undergraduates on the academic advising website. Special features of Brandeis’ curricular offerings include the Justice Brandeis Semester and the Experiential Learning and Teaching Program.

Faculty and Research

Undergraduate courses are taught by the same world-class scientists, scholars, and artists who teach in the graduate programs and make Brandeis a leader in fields as varied as neuroscience, American history, theater arts, and business. Your professors will be able to assess your strengths (and weaknesses) and help you develop both as a student and a person. Learn more about our distinguished faculty.

Majors and Minors

Brandeis students may choose from a variety of majors and minors offered in four broad areas: the creative arts, the humanities, the sciences and the social sciences. Learn more about our majors and minors.

Academic Resources

Our incoming first-year students are offered a variety of resources that aid in their transition to life on campus. Learn more about academic services and our academic resources.

Study Abroad

Brandeis supports students who wish to participate in any of the 350 approved programs in some 70 countries around the world. Learn more about study abroad opportunities.

Internships and More

At Brandeis students develop the knowledge, skills, and values in diverse practical settings that will prepare graduates to enter the workforce as experienced professionals. Learn more about experiential learning.