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OCTOBER 31, 1979

Brandeis University


Brandeis University


Women's Committee

Programs, requirements, fees and other information are set forth herein as they exist at the
date of this publication. Brandeis University reserves the right to make changes without

It is the policy of Brandeis University not to discriminate against any applicant on the basis of
race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or the presence of any handicap. The University
operates under an affirmative action plan and encourages minorities and women to apply.
Inquiries concerning discrimination under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 may be referred to the Assistant to the President
for Affirmative Action, Irving Enclave, Room 118, Brandeis University and/or to the Director,
Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Washington D.C.

Brandeis University



of Arts and



Waltham, Massachusetts
VOL. XXX, No. 3, October, 1979

The Brandeis University Bulletin is published 11 times a year, once in August, twice in October

and once each in November, December, January, February, March, April, May and June by

Brandeis University, 415 South Street, Waltham, Massachusetts 02254. Entered as second class

matter at the Post Office at Boston, Massachusetts.

"It must always be rich in goals and ideals, seemingly attainable but beyond
immediate reach . . .

"It must become truly a seat of learning where research is pursued, books
written, and the creative instinct is aroused, encouraged, and developed in its
faculty and students.

"It must ever be mindful that education is a precious treasure transmitted — a
sacred trust to be held, used, and enjoyed, and if possible strengthened,
then passed on to others upon the same trust. "

— from the writings of

Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856-1941)
on the goals of a university.

"Brandeis will be an institution of quality, where the integrity of learning,
of research, of writing, of teaching, will not be compromised. An institution
bearing the name of Justice Brandeis must be dedicated to conscientiousness
in research and to honesty in the exploration of truth to its innermost parts.

"Brandeis University will be a school of the spirit — a school in which the
temper and climate of the mind will take precedence over the acquisition of
skills and the development of techniques.

"Brandeis will be a dwelling place of permanent values — those few un-
changing values of beauty, of righteousness, of freedom, which man has
ever sought to attain.

"Brandeis will offer its opportunities of learning to all. Neither student body
nor faculty will ever be chosen on the basis of population proportions,
whether ethnic or religious or economic. "

Dr. Abram L. Sachar, Brandeis' first president, at ceremonies
inaugurating the University, October 7, 1948

Table of Contents

Breaking New Ground 6

Requirements for the Degree 9

Preprofessional Education 14

Study Abroad 17

Foreign Students 19

Continuing Studies 20

Special Scholarships and Fellowships 20

Special Programs 22

Endowed Schools 24

Lectureships 27

Visiting Professorships 28

Admission to the University 30

Fees and Expenses 34

Financial Aid 36

Academic Regulations 39

Student Life 43

Campus Facilities 50

Courses of Instruction 61

University Organization 131

Board of Trustees 133

Administration of the University 134

Officers of Instruction 137

Index 149

Academic Calendar 1979-1980

Fall Term










September 2
September 3
September 4
September 10
October 1
November 22, 23

December 12
December 13, 14

Dorms open; new students arrive

Labor Day — Orientation

Upperclass students return; registration begins

First day of instruction

Yom Kippur — No University exercises

Thanksgiving — No University exercises

Last day of instruction
Study days

December 17-21 Examination period

Spring Term

Monday January 28

Friday- March 28-
Thursday April 10

Wednesday May 7

Thursday, May 8, 9



May 12-16
May 25

Registration; first day of instruction
Spring vacation

Last day of instruction
Study days

Examination period


Breaking New Ground

Founded in 1948, amidst the post-World War II explosion of knowledge, Brandeis
University literally began at the beginning — at the edge of an educational frontier —
but is regarded today as one of the finest small, private research universities in the
United States.

Named for the illustrious Supreme Court Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis, whose
far-reaching social vision advanced the welfare of his country, Brandeis is the only
Jewish-sponsored, nonsectarian institution of higher learning in America. It is built on
the faith in our basic heritage in the humanities, the sciences, the social sciences and the
creative arts.

An unswerving commitment to excellence earned early recognition for the young
university. Brandeis achieved accreditation in the shortest possible time (1953), and
received Phi Beta Kappa recognition just 13 years after it was founded — the youngest
institution so honored in over 100 years. The Ford Foundation, assessing the Brandeis
record, buttressed its belief in the Brandeis potential during the 1960s with two major
challenge grants for academic excellence — an accolade accorded to only five uni-
versities in the nation.

The giant multi-universities offer superb facilities and a faculty often too isolated by
research from their students. Smaller institutions offer dedicated teachers who, for
lack of time or facilities, have stopped doing research. The best of both models meet
in only a handful of small schools in the United States. Brandeis is one of them.

Originally accredited in 1953 by the New England Association of Schools and
Colleges, Brandeis was approved in 1977 for continuing membership in the Association
for ten years, the maximum period available. Of the 2,000 accredited colleges and
universities in the nation, about 100 are also known as "research centers." Brandeis is
among this select group. In a survey of professional school deans, the Florence Heller
Graduate School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare was recently ranked fourth in
the country among schools of social work. Advanced Judaic studies at Brandeis were
described as representing one of the best graduate programs in North America in a
study at the Graduate Theological Union of Berkeley, Calif, that examined 75 American
and Canadian programs. And the multi-million dollar Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sci-
ences Research Center has attracted some of the top scientists in the world to probe
into areas associated with the study of heart disease, immunology and cancer.

A Brandeis education encourages personal fulfillment, but only within the frame-
work of social responsibility. Equipped by a liberal arts education, the individual sees
reality as a whole with many intricately connected parts. That individual rejects the
idea that there is only one truth, one perspective, one redeeming set of values. Study of
the liberal arts is a time of inquiry, honest skepticism, and evolution of the intellect.
Paradoxically, a liberal education — despite its lack of specialization — becomes sound
preparation for a world that constantly makes old learning obsolete.

Brandeis, therefore, attaches prime importance to the liberal arts curriculum. It is
designed to offer full academic opportunities for those students planning to pursue
graduate or professional studies, as well as those whose educational objective is the
baccalaureate degree.

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is designed to educate broadly as it trains
professionally. It offers courses of study leading to the master's and doctoral degrees.
Graduate areas include anthropology, biochemistry, biology and photobiology, bio-
physics, chemistry, classical and oriental studies, comparative history, Jewish com-
munal service, EngHsh and American literature, history of American civilization,
literary studies, mathematics, music. Near Eastern and Judaic studies, philosophy and
history of ideas, physics, politics, psychology, sociology, and theater arts.

For full information, see the Bulletin of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sciences Research Center

The Lewis S. Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sciences Research Center was made possible in
1968 through the gift of the late Lewis S. Rosenstiel, who was a Brandeis Fellow. The
Center has established research programs in the basic medical sciences embracing work
in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, microbiology, physics, biophysics and immun-
ology. Staff members are jointly appointed to the Brandeis faculty basic science
departments. The Center invites participation of distinguished scholars and medical
scientists, offers hospitality to younger researchers at the undergraduate and fellow-
ship level, sponsors symposia and colloquia and underwrites scholarly publications.

The Basic Medical Sciences Research Center contains sophisticated scientific equip-
ment and facilities. Through cooperative programming, both with departments at
Brandeis and in the Boston area, the Center has broadened the scope of basic medical
science research offerings at Brandeis. Grants from such agencies as the National
Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and American Cancer Society,
among others, support research programs in the Rosenstiel Center.

The Rosenstiel Center sponsors the annual presentation of the Lewis S. Rosenstiel
Award, given to recognize distinguished work in basic medical research. Created in
1971 to also honor Mr. Rosenstiel, the award consists of a handsome bronze medallion
and a stipend of $5,000.

The Florence Heller Graduate School for
Advanced Studies in Social Welfare

Established in 1959, the Heller Graduate School has from its inreption emphasized
the value of studying social policy issues using a multidisciplinary approach. As such,
it draws its faculty from the fields of sociology, economics, political science, and social
welfare. The two graduate educational programs of the Heller School are designed to
prepare students in the areas of planning, research and management in the field of
human services. The School was made possible by an initial endowment from the late
Mrs. Florence G. Heller of Chicago and is housed in the Florence Heller Building
complex, which includes The Benjamin Brown Research Building. These buildings con-
tain classrooms, offices and research facilities.

The program leading to the Ph.D. degree offers courses in research methodology,
planning, policy analysis, and the applications of sociology, economics and political
analysis to social issues. Training programs are conducted in the areas of Aging, Alco-
holism, the Family, Health Policy, Income Maintenance, Manpower Development,
Mental Health, and Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

Although not required, most students enter the Ph.D. program with an advanced
degree or extensive work experience. We do, however, encourage the exceptional col-
lege graduate to apply.

It is usually necessary for a student to spend at least two years in residence. For those
entering without prior graduate training an additional year is often required. Proven
reading comprehension in a foreign language as well as a substantive paper and oral
exam, and a dissertation must be completed to quahfy for the Ph.D. degree.

The Heller School has recently instituted a master's degree program in Human
Services Management. This program offers a curriculum combining courses in the
techniques of human services management, social policy development and specific
human service problem areas. The program is designed primarily for students with at
least two years of post-college work experience, preferably in some aspect of the hu-
man services field. To accommodate the needs of such a student body, the program is
designed to be completed in one full calendar year including an extensive program
throughout the summer.

The School conducts an active program of policy-oriented research related to a
broad range of social welfare issues. Current research endeavors include long-term
care studies carried out by the Heller School's Levinson Policy Institute in conjunction
with a newly formed Health Policy Analysis and Research Center (a consortium of the
Heller School, MIT and Boston University), evaluation of the Massachusetts Work-
fare Program, a project assessing the ability of community service systems to plan and
coordinate for deinstitutionalization of the mentally retarded, assessment of the socio-
economic factors leading to high rates of adolescent pregnancy, and a project analyzing
the barriers to the implementation of occupational alcoholism programs. Research
projects are often interdisciplinary in character and involve collaborative activity be-
tween faculty and advanced students.

Further information is available in the Bulletin of the Heller School. Applications
may be obtained from the Heller School Office, (617) 647-2944.

Requirements for the Degree

Students are required to complete 32 semester courses and to be in residence for four
academic years. The period of residence may be shortened through work given credit
by other universities and programs recognized by Brandeis.

Students must, in any case, be in residence at Brandeis at least two academic years
and complete a minimum of 16 semester courses here, exclusive of Brandeis Summer

The student is required to engage in a program of courses distributed through the
three schools outside his or her field of concentration and to pursue a coherent pro-
gram of study within a field of concentration. The distribution requirements embrace
major elements in the four schools: Creative Arts, Humanities, Science, and Social

English Composition Requirement

In the first year, an entering student is required to take a Freshman Writing Seminar
unless exempted. Exemption is based on an essay examination scheduled during Orien-
tation Week, or equivalent work taken elsewhere. On the basis of these criteria a few
students may be required to take a non-credit preparatory writing course prior to the
Writing Seminar.

Foreign Literature Requirement

The Foreign Literature Requirement for the B.A. degree consists of the successful com-
pletion of one semester's study of representative works, fiction or nonfiction, from one
non-English-speaking culture in the original language.

Incoming students who can demonstrate completion of work equivalent to this
requirement before entering Brandeis by means of a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced
Placement Test, or a score of 720 on a CEEB achievement test after three years of high
school study, or by a satisfactory score on a placement test administered by the depart-
ment, only at the time of initial matriculation at Brandeis, shall be deemed to have
satisfied the Foreign Literature Requirement.

Students who satisfy the requirement by means of an Advanced Placement score of 4
or 5 shall be accorded, upon request, appropriate credit toward the Brandeis degree.

Students are urged to begin fulfilling the Foreign Literature requirement during their
first year in residence at Brandeis. The number of semesters it will take to complete
the requirement depends upon original placement level designation and level of
achievement in preparatory courses.

Distribution Requirement

Each student will be required to complete two semester courses in each of the schools
outside his or her school of concentration. Alternatively, a student may substitute a
University Course, approved by the appropriate School Council, for one of the two
semester courses in any or each of the other schools.

Courses numbered in the 90's will not satisfy the distribution requirements.

University Studies

The University is in the process of reviewing and revising its graduation requirements.
In an attempt to bring greater coherence and purpose to general education, and to build
upon the strengths of the faculty, a structure for a program in University Studies has
been approved by the faculty. These changed requirements will become effective for the
class of 1984. Additional appropriately phased-in changes may be anticipated.

The new requirements for the class of 1984 and beyond are indicated below. Most
courses for the Humanities Steps I and II and the History program will be new and they
are being developed during 1979-80.

1. All students in the Class of 1984 and subsequent classes shall be required to pass
courses in the University Studies Program.

a. All students must complete one semester course from Humanities Step I and
one semester course from Humanities Step II, normally in that order.

b. All students must complete one semester course from the History Program.

c. All students must complete two semester courses from the Creative Arts Pro-
gram, not more than one of which may be in Theater Arts.

d. All students must complete one of the following three options in the Program
in Science and Mathematics:

i. Science I: Two semester courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Bio-
chemistry, including either two courses in one department, or one course in
each of two departments.

ii. Science II: One semester course in Physical Science or Chemical Science
and one semester course in Biological Science or Biochemical Science.

iii. Science III: One semester course in Mathematics or Computer Science and
one semester course from any of the offerings Hsted in Science I and
Science II.

e. All students must complete two semester courses in the Social Sciences Program.

2. For students in the Class of 1984 and subsequent classes, the Distribution Require-
ments as described in the Undergraduate Catalog for 1978-79 are hereby repealed.
The Committee on Academic Standing will resolve individual cases that may arise
because of the transition from a system of Distribution to a system of University

Other Freshman Requirements

Freshmen who feel that the placements in specific courses which have been assigned to
them at registration are not appropriate, should consult the advising chairman of the
department concerned.

Elective Courses

A freshman may not enroll in courses numbered 90 or above unless he or she presents
to the Registrar the written consent of the instructor in the course, the chairman of the
department, and the faculty adviser, or is placed in a higher numbered course in ac-
cordance with existing University procedures.


Physical Education

Every freshman must satisfy the Physical Education requirement unless exempted.
These requirements are in addition to the 32 required courses for graduation, and
consist of two hours per week in class for two semesters and a required swimming test.
All physical education classes are coed. Included in the program are activities such
as flag football, basketball, volleyball, bowling, tennis, golf, badminton, softball,
swimming, squash, karate, fencing, body mechanics, folk dancing, cycling, ice
skating, figure skating, coaching courses in basketball, baseball and soccer plus a
course in basketball officiating.

Upperclassmen who have completed their physical education requirement may elect
to take additional P.E. courses.

Concentration Requirements

General Requirements

To obtain a bachelor's degree in the College of Arts and Sciences, students must com-
plete the requirements of a field of concentration. Before the end of the freshman year
each student will choose an intended field of concentration after consultation with a
faculty adviser in that department. Entering students who have reached a tentative
decision regarding their future field of interest should elect the basic introductory
course in this area in their freshman year and cover more of the groundwork in the
elective courses of their sophomore year.

Certain departments permit qualified students to substitute a limited number of
related courses in other fields for their concentration requirements. Such an option
would permit a student to pursue an area of study not represented by a single depart-
ment. This program is open only to students able to present a purposeful and coherent
course of study. Before approval, individual requests are subject to rigorous examina-
tion by the student's department. Students should consult individual departmental

Independent Concentration

In choosing a concentration, a student may propose a program that combines academic
work in several departments. The proposal requires the support of at least two depart-
ments and of one member of each supporting department who will agree to serve on the
student's Concentration Committee.

Students who wish to develop a proposal for an independent concentration should
consult the Office of the Dean of the College.

Completion of a Field of Concentration

To enroll in courses fulfilling his or her concentration requirements, a student must
have received a C minus or better in prerequisite courses.

A 2.0 (C) average is normally required in courses offered for completion of require-
ments for concentration.


Degrees with Honor

Students whose grade point average at the end of the junior year is 3.0 or above in their
field of concentration may petition the department concerned for permission to work
for honors in their field of concentration. Departmental distinction is awarded by each
department or interdepartmental committee. The levels of distinction are "honors,"
"high honors," or "highest honors."

The awards of cum laude and magna cum laude will be based on a grade point
average set by the faculty.

The award of summa cum laude will be based upon a grade point average set by the
faculty and on the award of distinction in the field of concentration.

In addition, the Schools of Science and Humanities require an average of 2.0 in all
nonconcentration courses.

School of Creative Arts

Requirements for concentration in each department are listed on the pages indicated.


1. Fine Arts 89

2. Music 107

3. Theater Arts 127

Candidates for honors must have the approval of the appropriate department.

School of Humanities

The School of Humanities offers the undergraduate a systematic introduction to our
literary and philosophical heritage. Requirements for concentration and honors are
Usted on the pages indicated.


1 . Classical and Oriental Studies 76

2. Comparative Literature 79

3. English and American Literature 84

4. English and Classics 88

5. French Language and Literature 91

6. German Language and Literature 94

7. Italian Language and Literature 99

8. Linguistics 103

9. Near Eastern and Judaic Studies 109

10. Philosophy and History of Ideas 112

1 1 . Russian Language and Literature 122

12. Spanish Language and Literature 126


School of Science

The School of Science provides the basic scientific training to qualify students for entry
into graduate school or for work at the intermediate level in their scientific fields.
Students are encouraged to take such courses outside the School of Science as will
best broaden and further their intellectual growth. Requirements for concentration
are listed on the pages indicated.


1 . Biochemistry 70

2. Biology 71

3. Chemistry 73

4. Computer Science 80

5. General Science 93

6. Mathematics 104

7. Physics 115

School of Social Science

Requirements for concentration are listed on the pages indicated.


1 . African and Afro-American Studies 64

2. American Studies 66

3. Anthropology 68

4. Economics 82

5. History 95

6. Latin American Studies 100

7. Politics 117

8. Psychology 120

9. Sociology 123

A student in the School of Social Science who is a candidate for a degree with honors
will, in addition to the designated requirements for the several fields, also enroll in
senior research (99). Candidates for honors must have the approval of the appropriate
department. One reader of a senior thesis must come from outside the department of

Summer School Credit

A student may attend daytime summer schools conducted by accredited colleges and

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