Academic Credit and Policies

The Justice Brandeis Semester is designed to support you in immersing deeply in an area of interest. We invite and encourage you to consider using JBS as the foundation of your senior thesis.

JBS courses — designated with a “J” in the course number — carry the same academic weight as other courses, with grades applied to the GPA. In keeping with universitywide pass/fail policies, you may elect to take one course in each JBS program on a pass/fail basis. 

Contact Phil Dolan in the Summer School office regarding filing a pass/fail. Participants must file their request before 20% of their course is complete; this date will vary according to the start date of the particular program in which they are enrolled.

The number of academic credits available varies; each JBS program offers a customized curriculum composed of specific courses that support its area of inquiry, and credits vary accordingly. In general, summer JBS programs carry 12 credits. Check your program of interest for specifics.

Because JBS programs are carefully constructed units designed to provide complete, immersive experiences, all courses within each program must be completed; courses may not be “mixed and matched” among various JBS programs.

You may note that some JBS courses share a title with regular academic-year courses; they are, in fact, very different from each other and considered as such by the university registrar. If you have taken a similarly numbered course, you may repeat it for academic credit during your JBS experience if you secure advance departmental and university registrar approval.

Cancellations and Schedule Changes

Because JBS programs must meet a minimum enrollment to be offered, students are encouraged to apply as early as they are able. Students who have enrolled in courses that are canceled due to low enrollment may enroll in a Summer School course or receive a full tuition and fee adjustment.  

Likewise, the university reserves the right to substitute instructors, rearrange the order of lectures or change other program details when necessary.