A research university and liberal arts college

Brandeis University combines the resources of a world-class research institution with the intimacy and personal attention of a small liberal arts college. 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.

Since its founding in 1948, Brandeis has established itself as an important national and international center for teaching and research. It currently ranks in the top tier of universities in the United States.

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:

  • University Writing Seminar
  • One class from the School of Science
  • One class from the School of Humanities
  • One class from the School of Social Science
  • One class from the School of Creative Arts
  • One quantitative reasoning course
  • One non-western and comparative studies course
  • Proficiency in a foreign language
  • University Writing and oral communication requirement
  • Two physical education classes

Learn more about graduation requirements for Brandeis undergraduates on the academic advising website. Special features of Brandeis’ curricular offerings include the First-Year Seminar, the Justice Brandeis Semester, and the Experiential and Community-Engaged Learning program.