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General Catalogue of 

Brandeis University 

Waltham, Massachusetts 


• Brandeis University has been approved by the Board of Collegiate 
Authority of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the purpose 
of enrolling veterans under Public Law 346. 

• The curriculum for the first year's work has also received provisional 
registration hy the New York State Education Department. 

General Catalogue of 

Brandeis University 



The University reserves the right to make changes in the staff, 
fees, courses of instruction and regulations without prior notice. 


Table of Contents 

Academic Calendar 4 

Officers of the University 5 

Faculty of Arts and Sciences 6 

I. The Ideals of the University 7 

II. University Facilities 11 

III. Admissions and Financial Aid 21 

IV. Student Life 29 

V. Fees and Expenses 33 

VI. Academic Requirements 41 

VII. Programs of Studies 45 

VIII. Courses of Instruction 53 

Academic Calendar 

Wednesday, September 14 

Friday, September 16 
Monday, September 19 
Tuesday, September 20 
Wednesday, September 21 

Monday, October 3 
Wednesday, October 12 

Friday, November 11 
Monday, November 14 
Monday, November 21 
Thursday, November 24 
Friday, November 25 

Wednesday, December 21 

Monday, January 2 
Thursday, January 19 
Friday, January 27 
Monday, January 30 
Tuesday, January 31 

Wednesday, February 1 

Wednesday, February 22 
Friday, March 31 

Monday, April 10 
Wednesday, April 19 

Monday, May 22 
Tuesday, May 23 
Tuesday, May 30 

Wednesday, May 31 
Friday, June 9- 


Orientation Week begins for Freshmen 
First term bill due 

End of Orientation Week 
Registration of Sophomores 
End of Registration for Sophomores 
Classes begin 

No classes 
No classes 

No classes 

Mid-term grades due 
Second term bill due 
Thanksgiving recess 
Thanksgiving recess 

Winter recess begins after last class 


Classes resume 

Mid-year examination period begins 

Mid-year examination period ends 

Mid-year recess 

Mid-year recess 

Spring term begins 
Third term bill due 

No classes 

Spring recess begins after last class 
Mid-term grades due 
Fourth term bill due 

Classes resume 
No classes 

No classes 
No classes 
No classes 

Final examination period begins 
End of final examination period 


Officers of the University 

Board of Trustees 

George Alpert, ll.b., President 

Joseph Ford, Treasurer Isadore Lubin, ph.d., ll.d. 

Norman S. Rabb, a.b., Secretary David K. Niles 

James J. Axelrod Israel Rogosin 

Meyer Jaffe Eleanor Roosevelt, ll.d. 

Dudley F. Kimball, m.b.a. Jacob Shapiro, b.s. 

Paul Klapper, m.a., ph.d., l.h.d. Morris SHAPmo 

Officers of Administration 

Abram Leon Sachar, ph.d., d.h.l., l.h.d President of the University 

David Sandler Berkowitz, a.m., ph.d Assistant to the President 

Clarence Q. Berger, m.a Director of Public Affairs 

Reuben B. Resnik, m.a., ll.b. 

Director of University Development and Resources 

Irwin Rosen, a.b., a.m Business Manager 

C. Ruggles Smith, a.m., b.litt., ll.b. Registrar and Director of Admissions 

Robert J. Cataldo, a.b., m.d University Health Officer 

Benjamin Friedman, b.s Director of Athletic Activities 

William Lelbowitz, b.s., b.c.s Assistant Librarian (in Charged 

Sumner J. Abrams Director of Buildings and Grounds 

Marjorie Olson Bursar 

Norman R. Grimm, a.b Steward 

Wayne S. Zimmerman, a.b., ph.d. .. Director of Student Personnel Services 

Ellen Lane, b.s., ed.m Assistant Counsellor of Students 


Faculty of Arts and Sciences 


David Sandler Berkowitz, a.m., ph.d. 

Professor of History and Political Science 

Max Lerner, a.m., ph.d. Professor of American Civilization and Institutions 

Ludwig Lewisohn, m.a., litt.d. Professor of Comparative Literature 

Joseph Israel Cheskis, a.m., ph.d. 

Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literature 

Frank Edward Manuel, a.m., ph.d. Associate Professor of Modern History 

Erwin Bodky, m.a. Assistant Professor of Music 

Osborne Earle, a.m., ph.d. Assistant Professor of English 

Aron Gurwitsch, ph.d. Assistant Professor of Mathematics 

Milton Hindus, b.a., m.s. Assistant Professor of English 

Shlomo Marenof, ph.b., m.a. 

Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations 

Lois Rossignol, m.a., ph.d. Assistant Professor of Speech 

Samuel Joseph Golub, m.s., ph.d. Lecturer in Biology 

Myer Kessler, m.s., ph.d. Visiting Lecturer in Physics 

Claude Andre Strauss Vigee, ph.d. 

Visiting Lecturer in Romance Languages and Literature 

Stuart Allan Mayper,, ph.d. Instructor in Chemistry 

Thomas Laman Savage, a.b. Instructor in English 

Harry Stein, b.s., m.a. Instructor in Physical Education 

Wayne S. Zimmerman, a.b., ph.d. Instructor in Psychology 

William Kenneth Condrell, b.s., m.s. Teaching Fellow in Economics 

Edith Farcas, ph.d. Teaching Fellow in German 

Alan I. Gevers. b.s., m.a. Teaching Fellow in Biology 

Richard Edward Grojean, b.s. Teaching Fellow in Physics 

Joanne Henderson, a.b. Teaching Fellow in Chemistry 

Anna Catherine Nichols, b.s., m.s. 

Teaching Fellow in Physical Education 

Merrill Peterson, a.b. Teaching Fellow in American Civilization 

Reinhold Siegmund Schumann, a.b., a.m. Teaching Fellow in History 



The Ideals of the University 

randeis University was founded as the first Jewish sponsored, 
non-sectarian university in the Western Hemisphere. It came 
into being because of the desire of the Jewish community to make a 
corporate contribution to American higher education in the tra- 
dition of the great universities which have stemmed from denomi- 
national generosity. The University is open to all students who meet 
academic standards without reference to race, color or religious 
affiliations. By choosing its faculty on the basis of capacity and 
creativity and its students by the criteria of academic merit and 
promise, the University hopes to create that wholesome environ- 
ment which may best stimulate the sincere pursuit of learning. 

The institution is named for the late Justice Louis Dembitz 
Brandeis, eminent for his contributions to jurisprudence and edu- 
cation and to the welfare of his country and his people. The founders 
of the University have been inspired by the challenge of Justice 
Brandeis' ideal of a great university: 

"It must always he rich in goals and ideals, seemingly attainable 
hut heyond immediate reach . . ." 

"It must hecome truly a seat of learning where research is pur- 
sued, hooks written, and the creative instinct is aroused, en- 
couraged, and developed in its faculty and students." 

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



At the inaugural ceremonies in October, 1948 the goals of 
Brandeis University were stated as a threefold pledge. First, 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. 

Secondly, Brandeis University will be a school of the spirit — a 
school in which the temper and climate of the mind will take prece- 
dence over the acquisition of skill and the development of facile 
talent. Unyielding in the face of the defeatism which is inherent 
in the various phases of nihilism, Brandeis will be a dwelling place 
of permanent values — those few unchanging values of beauty, of 
righteousness, of freedom, which man has attained. Thus the 
University may, in company with other seats of learning, influence 
generations of youth for that higher service of man which is in- 
separable from the service of ultimate truth and ultimate goodness. 

Finally, Brandeis will be an institution where opportunity is 
offered to all. Neither student body nor faculty will ever be chosen 
on the basis of population proportions of genetic or ethnic or eco- 
nomic distribution. 

An institution which is built on such principles — on the in- 
tegrity of learning and research, on the passion for service, on the 
right of equal opportunity — may perhaps be worthy of the intel- 
lectual and spiritual mantle of Louis Dembitz Brandeis whose name 
it is to bear. 


The College of Arts and Sciences at Brandeis University is not 
organized in the traditional departmental system. The courses of 
instruction under the Faculty of Arts and Sciences are offered by 
four schools, designated as the School of General Studies, the School 
of Social Sciences, the School of Humanities, and the School of 



Science. At some future date it is hoped to add a School of Fine 
Arts and Music to complete the offerings on the undergraduate 
level. By escaping the administrative structure of many small de- 
partments and divisions, Brandeis University hopes to facilitate a 
greater spirit of cooperation and cross-fertilization of ideas among 
specialists on the faculty and to produce a better integration of know- 
ledge during the undergraduate period. 

Regularly matriculated students pursuing courses of instruction 
under the Faculty of Arts and Sciences may, upon satisfactory com- 
pletion of the first year, continue as candidates for either the Bachelor 
of Arts degree or the Bachelor of Science degree. Although no ad- 
vanced work for higher degrees is offered at present, it is hoped to 
establish in the future a School of Advanced Studies which will 
admit a few highly qualified students to do research work in those 
fields in which the facilities and personnel are adequate to such 

The School of General Studies will administer those introductory 
and survey courses in all fields which provide a foundation for the 
student's general education as distinguished from the more extensive 
pursuit of the various fields of specialization. After the first year's 
work is satisfactorily completed, each student will select a field of 
concentration from the diversified programs of studies offered by 
one of the upper schools. 

Information on courses of instruction in the College of Arts and 
Sciences is contained in a later section of the catalogue. At the 
present time Brandeis University offers instruction only in the field 
of liberal arts. No plans have yet been announced regarding the 
establishment of graduate and professional schools. 


The fortunate location of Brandeis University enables its students 
to enjoy both the charm of rustic New England life and the ad- 
vantages of metropolitan Boston, only eight miles from the campus. 



Long known as the cultural hub of the universe, Boston is dis- 
tinguished for the variety of its cultural facilities. Outstanding 
musical events are frequently held at Symphony Hall, home of the 
famed Boston Symphony Orchestra, at the Boston Opera House, 
and at Jordan Hall. Valuable art collections and interesting exhibits 
are found in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart 
Gardner Museum, the Boston Public Library, and the Boston 
Institute of Contemporary Art. Students are urged to attend the 
stimulating lectures and forums constantly scheduled in the city. 
The Lowell lectures are of international repute, and the Ford Hall 
Forums frequently receive national attention. 

Opportunities for entertainment are also plentiful. With more 
legitimate theatres than any city in the nation except New York, 
Boston is often host to new plays before they are taken to Broadway. 
The ballet, the opera, and other featured events round out a season 
of rich cultural interest. 


In addition to the cultural opportunities of Boston and to its 
own courses of instruction, Brandeis University has made pro- 
vision for popular lectures on the University campus. 

The Institute of Adult Education 

In the Spring of 1949 Brandeis University inaugurated The 
Institute of Adult Education. The increasing complexity of social, 
scientific, and cultural life and the increasing leisure of the popu- 
lation make education for adults a more imperative need with each 
passing year. It is hoped that the Brandeis Institute of Adult Educa- 
tion will help to fill that need and will make a significant contribu- 
tion to the intellectual life of the community. 

Annual Louis Dembitz Brandeis Memorial Lecture 

In commemoration of the birthday of Louis Dembitz Brandeis, 
for whom the University was named, an annual lecture has been 
established to be given each year on November 13, beginning in 
1949. The lectures, open to the public, will concern themselves 
with "the cause of justice and the rights and dignity of man." 




University Facilities 

randeis University, which admitted its first freshman class 
in the fall of 1948, is a coeducational nonsectarian institution 
located in Waltham, Massachusetts. The university campus, em- 
bracing nearly 100 acres, is situated high on a tree-studded hill 
overlooking the panorama of suburban Boston and the Charles 
River below. 

The campus may be easily reached from Boston by train, trolley 
car, or automobile. Frequent trains run from North Station, Boston, 
to Roberts Station, Waltham, a few hundred yards away from the 
university. Those desiring to reach the campus by trolley car should 
take a Watertown trolley in the Park Street subway station of Boston 
and transfer at Newton Corner to a Roberts bus, which stops at the 
university. Those reaching the university by automobile should drive 
for about eight miles on Commonwealth Avenue to Norumbega 
Park, cross the bridge over the Charles River, and take River Street, 
the second street on the right. The university is located on the left, 
just beyond Roberts Station. 

The Brandeis University campus presently consists of six major 
buildings and several smaller units which are connected by wide 
curving walks, landscaped areas, and vistas of rugged, unbroken 




Dormitory facilities are available for both men and women. Men 
students are housed in The Castle, while the women students occupy 
Castle Hall, The Cottage, and The Apartments. 

Most rooms are designed for two students. Each occupant is 
provided with a Hollywood-type studio bed, equipped with inner- 
spring mattress and down pillow, which is made up as a couch 
during the day; a study-table with built-in bookshelf and matching 
chair; and a chest of drawers. The University also supplies a waste 
basket, window drapes, bedspread, and in many rooms Venetian 
blinds. Except in The Apartments, maid or porter service for dormi- 
tory rooms is provided by the University, as well as bed linen and 
towels, which are renewed weekly. 

Each student is expected to bring blankets, lamps, and such rugs 
and decorations as are desired. 

Although the University will consult the preference of the 
student as to type, price, location of rooms, and choice of room- 
mate, as indicated in the application for a room, the right is reserved 
to assign a room at the convenience of the University. Lower-priced 
rooms are reserved for those students who have made application 
for financial assistance and have filed a statement concerning their 
family income and expenses. 

Room fees in the University dormitories range from $200 to $280 
for men, and from $150 to $300 for women. Dormitory fees are 
payable in advance in quarterly installments. A room-key deposit of 
one dollar is required and is refunded on return of the key when 
occupancy ceases at the end of the academic year or upon severance 
of connection. 




The University operates an attractively appointed cafeteria in The 
Castle, furnished with the most modern equipment. All students 
living in University dormitories are required to sign contracts for 
either 15 or 21 meals per week. The dining hall is also open to 
non-resident students and members of the University staff, who may 
purchase coupon books containing meal tickets. 

Dining Hall charges are based on cost, and are subject to change 
as wages and food costs fluctuate. During the early part of the 
academic year 1948-49 board in the University dining hall cost a 
resident student about $350 annually for 15 meals a week and $450 
annually for 21 meals a week. As in the case of room fees, board 
bills are payable in advance in quarterly installments. 


A sumptuously appointed Commons Room, situated above the 
Dining Hall in The Castle, provides for the comfort and entertain- 
ment of the students during leisure hours. This spacious lounge 
room is furnished with comfortable divans, club chairs, and bridge 
tables, grouped about a massive stone fireplace and a small picture 
gallery. Large enough for small dances, this social center is equipped 
with a piano, a radio-record player, and a large television set. A 
smaller lounge in The Cottage, attractively panelled in knotty pine, 
has its own fireplace, comfortable chairs and divans, a piano, and a 
well-stocked library of entertaining books. 


Science Hall 

A substantial red brick building, Science Hall houses classrooms 
and laboratories. All classes are held here, with the exception of 
instruction in speech. Unusual for its modern natural lighting, the 



building contains faculty offices, a large lecture hall seating about 
500 with motion picture equipment, attractive medium-size and 
small classrooms, two seminar rooms, and a science stockroom. The 
building contains laboratories for biology, chemistry and physics, 
with adjacent rooms for demonstration. 

Speech Laboratory 

The speech laboratory is located in a small, attractive building, 
the remainder of which is used for speech classes. In the laboratory 
are two recording rooms, a listening room, and a room for audio- 
metric testing. 

One recording room is equipped with a Sound Mirror tape re- 
corder which students are free to use in the preparation of their 
daily speech assignments. The second recording room is equipped 
with a Presto disc recorder used in making permanent records of 
the students' speech. The room also contains a radio tuner which 
permits the recording of radio programs for the University record 

The listening room contains the library of speech records and 
three booths equipped with high fidelity phonographs. Students 
utilize this room in analyzing records of their own speech and of 
famous speeches from the record collection. 

The room for audiometric testing is equipped with an A.D.C. 
audiometer. All new students are given individual hearing tests. 


The centrally located University library is housed in a high- 
gabled, ivy-covered, field-stone building. Remodeled in 1943, with 
a new stack wing added in 1948 which increased its storage capacity 
by 30,000 volumes, the library can accommodate nearly one hundred 



students at a time. Its collection, devoted to current instructional 
and reference purposes, is being rapidly enlarged to keep pace with 
the expansion of the University. 

Through the courtesy of city officials, students at Brandeis Univer- 
sity will have access to the volumes in the Waltham Public Library. 


The University maintains a small clinic on the campus, with a 
registered nurse on 24-hour duty, and the University physician in 
daily attendance. Students and all full-time employees may consult 
the medical staff without charge. A student must report any illness 
to the University physician, and must consult the Health Office 
before returning to class after absence due to illness. 

All students must report for physical examination at the beginning 
of the freshman year. Every student must present a certificate of 
inoculation against smallpox before he is admitted to the college. 

A ward room has been established for students with minor non- 
contagious ailments. Arrangements have been made with Waltham 
and other approved hospitals to admit students who need full-time 
medical or surgical attention. 

There is at least one psychiatrist on the staff of consultants. He 
is available for advice when the need arises. 


A bookstore, operated by student clerks, is maintained by the 
University to provide students with a convenient and economical 
means of securing general supplies, books, stationery, and tickets 
for worthwhile activities in the metropolitan area. 

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A canteen, or "snack bar," operated by students, is open four 
evenings a week in the cafeteria for the purchase of light refresh- 


Commanding a view of the entire campus from its position atop 
a tree-dotted hill, the white-painted brick Administration Building 
is the center of all administrative activities. 

On the first floor are the offices of the President, the Assistant 
to the President, and the Registrar. The second floor contains the 
Business Office, the Public Relations Office, and the office of the 
Counsellor of Students. 

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View of part of the 100-acre Campus of Brandeis University 





Admissions and Financial Aid 


randeis University selects its student body on the basis oi 
merit, ability, promise and character. The first concern of the 
Committee on Admissions is whether the candidate is mentally, 
physically, and emotionally capable of doing satisfactory work of 
college caliber; and second, whether the candidate's aptitudes, 
achievements and interests are such to assure maximum develop 
ment and benefit from life in the Brandeis community. 

The number of candidates who can be accepted in any year is 
limited by the available facilities and by the desire to maintain a 
ratio of students to teachers which will produce the most satisfactory 
educational outcome^ The ultimate decision to accept, reject or 
postpone consideration rests solely with the Committee on Admis- 
sions which will make its judgment in each instance on a competi- 
tive basis, without benefit of prior commitment, connection, privi- 
lege or status for any individual or group. 


The Committee on Admissions has established certain conditions 
as a basic requirement for all candidates. It should be understood 
that the mere meeting of these minimum standards does not in itself 
assure the candidate of admission. The requirements are as follows: 

1. Completion of secondary school work resulting in a diploma 
or its equivalent. 

2. Satisfactory references as to character. 



3. Satisfactory medical and health report. 

4. Recommendation by the headmaster or principal that the 
candidate is considered to be prepared to do satisfactory work 
in college. 

5. The attainment of college certificate grades in at least two- 
thirds of the courses taken in the last four years of secondary 

6. A secondary school record which must include the following 
subjects of primary importance: 

English (four years) 

Foreign Language (three years in one language or two years 

in each of two languages) 

Choice: Greek, Latin, Hebrew, French, German, Italian, 


Mathematics (two and a half years) 

Choice : Algebra, plane geometry, solid geometry, trigonometry 

Science (one year) 

Choice: Physics, chemistry, botany, biology, zoology 

History (one year) 

Choice: Ancient, medieval, modern, English, American 

In addition to the primary subjects listed above, each applicant's 
record must include a sufficient number of other secondary subjects 
to complete the normal requirements for high school graduation. 

If, for good and sufficient reasons, a student with an otherwise 
fine record has a program which does not quite conform to these 
requirements, there should be no hesitation in discussing the prob- 
lem with the Committee on Admissions. In interpreting any ap- 
plicant's preparation the Committee is not fundamentally concerned 



with the compilation of so-called "units" or "credits" but rather with 
the quality of work revealed by the total high school record. Where 
deviations from these requirements appear, the Committee will 
judge each case by the degree to which high attainments compen- 
sate for technical deficiencies and will determine accordingly 
whether to permit the applicant to proceed. 


Candidates who meet the basic requirements stated above will be 
permitted to apply for admission either by Plan A or Plan B. In 
Plan A admission is by examination whereas in Plan B admission 
is based on the secondary school record. The criteria by which 
candidates are classified for this purpose are defined below. The 
Committee, in each case, will inform candidates under which plan 
they will compete for admission. 

Plan A: Admission by Examination 

Admission by this plan requires the candidate to take examina- 
tions administered by the College Entrance Examination Board, the 
details of which are described below. The following groups of candi- 
dates are eligible or required to proceed to admission by Plan A: 

1. This plan is fundamentally reserved for candidates applying 
from certain high schools which customarily prepare a large 
proportion of their college applicants for the College Board 
examinations. Unless permission is specifically granted other- 
wise, all candidates from such schools will be required to apply 
for admission by examination. The Committee reserves the 
right to change applicants from Plan A to Plan B. 

2. Candidates not eligible to compete for admission by Plan B 
may be permitted, with the Committee's consent, to compete 
under Plan A. 



3. Candidates who are not recommended by their secondary 
school principals may, with the Committee's consent, seek 
admission under Plan A. 

4. Candidates who are also applying for scholarship or bursary 
aid are advised to compete under Plan A. Such candidates 
may, under certain circumstances, be required to take all 01 
part of the examinations under Plan A. 

Candidates who are entering by Plan A are required to make 
their own arrangements with, and pay their own fees to, the College 
Entrance Examination Board, P.O. Box 592, Princeton, New Jersey. 
Arrangements should be made as early as possible. All inquiries 
about the nature of the examination should be addressed to the 
Board at the above address. The Board will report the scores directly 
to the Committee on Admissions. 

Candidates under Plan A will take one of the three available 
programs of the Scholastic Aptitude Test, depending on their second- 
ary school preparation in mathematics: 

Scholastic Aptitude Test {one of the following combinations) 

Verbal and Mathematical Aptitude Sections (for those with 
two years of mathematics) 

Verbal and Intermediate Mathematics Test Sections (for those 
with two and a half or three years of mathematics) 

Verbal and Comprehensive Mathematics Test Sections (for 
those with three and a half or four years of mathematics) 

In addition to the Scholastic Aptitude Test, all candidates will 
take three Achievement Tests selected from the following list: 









Social Studies 



These tests should be taken in subjects studied during the final 
year of school and should be taken early in the second semester of 
that year. If the applicant's school program permits, the Committee 
advises candidates to present the Achievement Tests in social studies, 
a foreign language, and a science. If a foreign language is not pre- 
sented, English must be presented as one of the three. 

Plan B: Admission by Certification 

Under this plan, the Committee will permit some candidates to 
compete for admission without examination. Plan B is fundamen- 
tally designed for candidates applying from secondary schools which 
do not customarily prepare their students for the College Board 
examinations. Eligibility to compete under Plan B is determined 
by the following conditions: 

1. The candidate must apply from a school which has been 
approved by the Committee on Admissions and which has 
been granted the privilege of submitting candidates on the 
basis of certification. In extending this privilege the University 
does not bind itself to accept beyond the current year the 
certificate of any school in place of examination. The Com- 
mittee reserves the right, if it sees fit, to require examination 
(in full or part) in any individual case. 

2. The basic requirements described earlier as the minimum for 
all candidates must be met in full, especially the required 
recommendation of the secondary school principal. 

3. Candidates applying under Plan B must rank high in their 
graduating class. Those who can not comply with this require- 
ment may be permitted to compete under Plan A. 

4. Residents of New York State may be permitted to compete 
under Plan B on the basis of the New York State Regents 
examinations, if passed with a grade of 80% or higher. The 



Committee, however, reserves the right to require candidates 
residing in New York State to apply for admission under 
Plan A. 

5. Candidates, eligible to compete under Plan B, who send Col- 
lege Board examinations to other institutions, must also sub- 
mit them to Brandeis University. 

Students who are granted admission under either Plan A or Plan 
B will be admitted to the freshman class on an equal basis and 
without condition. 


1. The candidate should write as early as possible to the Com- 
mittee on Admissions for an application blank. 

2. Upon return of the application blank, the Committee will 
inform the candidate whether admission will be by Plan A or 
Plan B. 

3. If by Plan A, the candidate will make arrangements directly 
with the College Entrance Examination Board. 

4. If by Plan B, the candidate may be requested to supply ad- 
ditional information. 

5. Applicants who apply for scholarship or bursary aid will also 
be requested to supply additional information at this time. 

6. Where necessary (and possible) candidates may be requested 
to arrange for a personal interview. 

7. If a certificate of admission is granted, the student will be 
expected to complete the application by returning a matriculation 
fee within the stipulated time. 



Correspondence is invited by students and principals on any 
phase of the problem of admission to Brandeis University. Address 
all inquiries to: Committee on Admissions, Brandeis University, 
Waltham 54, Massachusetts. 


Brandeis University has funds available for scholarships, bursary 
aid, grants, and loans. Opportunities exist for some student employ- 
ment under regulated conditions. 

The general principle governing the distribution of university 
funds for financial assistance is that in all cases such assistance will 
be granted only in accordance with need. The amount granted will 
be determined by the Committee on Scholarships and Aid upon 
consideration of such factors as individual need, family income, 
number of dependents, distance travelled from home, etc. 


Scholarships will be awarded in competition on the basis of high 
scholastic attainment, superior character and other meritorious quali- 
ties. Candidates for scholarships may he required to seek admission 
under Plan A and in any case are advised to submit scores of the 
Scholastic Aptitude Test given by the College Entrance Examina- 
tion Board. 

Scholarship stipends will range from $50 to $1350 and will be 
adjusted on the basis of individual need. The minimum amount 
may be awarded as a prize to successful applicants who do not 
necessarily require financial aid. 

Bursary Aid 

Applicants who do not qualify for these scholarships will be 
automatically considered for grants designated as Bursary Aid. Ap- 
plicants who do not wish to compete for scholarship funds may also 



apply directly for Bursary Aid. Such grants will be awarded in 
deserving cases only. In each instance the stipend will be set in 
accordance with individual need. 

In addition to the above, grants and loans may be made available 
under stipulated conditions. Opportunities for self-help will also be 
available to a limited extent. 

For additional information, please direct all inquiries to the 
Committee on Scholarships and Aid, Brandeis University, Waltham 
54, Massachusetts. 



Student Life 

Counsellor of Students 

The Office of the Counsellor or Students is the central liaison 
office for all student personnel work. Every freshman is assigned a 
faculty adviser who may be consulted on the selection of courses. 
Because of the excellent ratio of approximately one faculty member 
for every ten students, an intimate academic and personal relation- 
ship can be established between undergraduates and staff. 

Veteran Counselling 

For the benefit of veterans enrolled in the University under Public 
Law 346 or 16, a representative of the Veterans' Administration 
regularly visits the college to assist them in the solution of any 
problems which may arise. The Registrar s Office functions in a 
liaison capacity between veterans and the Veterans' Administration. 

Student Employment 

Opportunities exist for student employment both on the Univer- 
sity campus and in local towns. On the campus students may be 
employed in the cafeteria, snack bar, library, administration offices, 
science laboratories, speech laboratory, campus store, and as guides 
and messengers. 

In the surrounding area students may find employment as store 
clerks or baby sitters. 

Employment assignments are made on the basis of the student's 
financial need. All assignments, limited to not more than fifteen 
hours a week, are made through the Office of the Counsellor of 



Placement Bureau 

A Placement Bureau has been established for the benefit of 
students desiring employment during vacations or on a part-time 
basis during the school year. At the time of graduation an attempt 
will be made to place students in the field of their choice. 

Religious Life 

It should not be inferred from the non-sectarian principles of 
the new university that Brandeis is not interested in the religious 
life of its students. The college will offer courses in religion, in the 
Bible, and in comparative philosophy to provide a moral climate 
to bring out the highest spiritual qualities of undergraduates. 

While there is no plan to establish a school of theology as a 
department of the new university, it is hoped that, in the near 
future, an impressive chapel will be erected on the campus. 

Protestant Churches of all denominations, Catholic Churches, 
and Jewish Synagogues are located in Waltham or surrounding 
towns, so that students may conveniently attend services. 


The University Health Office is charged with the responsibility 
of supervising student medical welfare. Payment of the required 
medical fee entitles students to participate in the benefits of what 
is in effect a health insurance plan. Under this arrangement the 
services of the University Health Office are supplemented by the 
consulting services of medical specialists. 

The medical fee is intended to cover only the ordinary medical, 
psychiatric, and minor surgical needs of the students. The fee does 
not extend to extraordinary care, to optical and dental services, or 
to special materials. Students requiring hospital care will have 



arrangements made for them at the Waltham Hospital, which is 
adjacent to the campus or, if necessary, to other approved hospitals in 
Greater Boston. The University will assume financial responsibility 
for ten days of ordinary hospital care. Extra charges will be billed 
to the student by the University Bursar. 


Brandeis University recognizes the value of extracurricular activity 
as an important part of the total college experience and will provide 
for a comprehensive variety of activities. Clubs, societies, publica- 
tions, and informal groups reflecting a diversity of student interests 
will be encouraged to conduct programs designed to contribute 
significantly to the advancement and enrichment of college life. 

Several student organizations have already been formed on the 
Brandeis campus. The Student Union, whose executive officers 
are elected from each class, is the acting body for student govern- 
ment. Its functions include the subsidization of many student 
activities and the organization of committees to plan special pro- 

The Justice, the college newspaper, is concerned with campus 
and other events of interest to the student body. The Turret, the 
college literary magazine, is designed to express the creative effort 
of students and faculty in the fields of fiction, poetry, and criticism. 

The Outing Club organizes hikes and trips for its members. 
It was also called upon to plan an outing for the entire student body 
during the weekend of the Freshman Frolic. 

The Brandeis Choral Society, under the direction of a com- 
petent choral leader, is designed to further the interest of those 
students with choral ability. The Brandeis Collegiate Council of 
the United Nations aims to foster active and intelligent support 
of the United Nations through the utilization of guest speakers 
and discussions. 



The General Semantics Group, the only organization re- 
ceiving direct faculty assistance, enables students to acquaint them- 
selves with non-Aristotelian methods. The Drama Club, under 
student direction with some faculty assistance, offered its first pro- 
duction on the weekend of the Freshman Frolic. The Brandeis 
Film Society, engaged in the production of a documentary film 
of the university, also shows outstanding films in the history of the 
motion picture. A French Club has been organized to stimulate 
interest in the French language and civilization. 

The University has also organized a Modern Dance Group, taught 
by a dance instructor from a Boston studio. 


Supplementary to organized campus groups are many informal 
activities which provide students with an opportunity for leadership 
and for group participation. Popular recreational activities on cam- 
pus are softball, volleyball, tag football, and handball. The nearby 
Charles River provides opportunity for boating and canoeing in 
summer, and skating in winter. Ski enthusiasts utilize the ski tow 
which is not far from the campus. 

Many social functions have been held by students, such as formal 
and informal dances, teas, outings and excursions. It is hoped that 
students will find a profitable social environment and an enriching 
experience in their life at Brandeis. 



Fees and Expenses 

Each Application for Admission must be accompanied by a 
Credential Fee of $10. This fee is not refundable and is not 
credited toward other fees. 

Each accepted candidate must file a matriculation fee of $50 as 
soon as he is notified of his acceptance. This fee is to reserve a place 
in the class, and is credited toward the first term bill. It is not subject 
to refund if the candidate fails to enroll or withdraws his application. 

Each student is required to file a Bursar's Bond in the amount 
of $500 before completion of registration. This bond is to protect 
the University against loss arising from damage to its property or 
from failure of a student to fulfill his obligations. It must be signed 
by two bondsmen, one of whom may be the student's parent, or by 
a surety company qualified to do business in Massachusetts. No 
student will be admitted to a dormitory room or allowed to attend 
classes until his bond has been filed, and the required health and 
vaccination certificates received. 

No student will be permitted to enter a final examination in any 
course until all financial obligations to the university have been 
met in full. No report of grades or transcript of record will be issued 
to any student who has not discharged all financial obligations to 
the university. 

No reduction or refunding of standard fees can be made because 
of absence, illness, or dismissal during the year. 

The Tuition Fee for the academic year is $500, of which one 
half is payable before registration, and the balance before the start 



of the second semester. Each student must also pay a Medical and 
Health Fee of $30, a Library Fee of $10, and a Student Activity 
Fee of $10. These latter charges appear on the first term bill and 
none is subject to refund. 

Laboratory courses such as chemistry, biology, and physics in- 
volve a Laboratory Breakage Deposit of $10 to cover loss or break- 
age of equipment. There is also a $10 fee for laboratory supplies 
used by students. 

The occupancy charge for rooms in the University dormitories 
varies with the type and location from $200 to $280 for men, and 
from $150 to $300 for women. Board in the University dining hall 
in 1948-49 cost at the annual rate of about $350 for 15 meals a 
week, and $450 for 21 meals a week. These charges are subject to 
change as wages and food costs fluctuate. 

The following table presents an estimate of fees for 1949-50: 

Nonrefundable General Fees 

Credential Fee (not credited towards other fees) $10 

Matriculation Fee (credited towards first term bill) 50 

Nonrefundable Standard Fees 

Tuition $500 

Medical and Health Fee 30 

Library Fee 10 

Student Activity Fee 10 

Variable Fees 

Extra course registration (per term) $50 

Room (for resident students, varying with type, 

location, etc.) 150-300 

Board (varying with meal contract, commuting, etc.) 120-450 

Laboratory Supplies Fee 10-20 


Room Key Deposit (for resident students) $1 

Laboratory Breakage Deposit 10 



The preceding schedule of fees does not include student expenses 
for books, supplies, and personal items since these are not billed by 
the University. These expenses vary with each student and may 
range from $200 to $350. It is anticipated that, with reasonable 
economies, a student can attend Brandeis University for about 
$1350 a year. 


First term bill, due on or before September \6th will include 

Credit for matriculation fee 

Credit for one-half of scholarship or bursary aid (if any) 

Statement for 

Tuition $250 

Medical and Health Fee 30 

Library Fee 10 

Student Activities Fee 10 

Laboratory Supplies (if any) 10 

One-fourth of room rent in advance 
Eight weeks board in advance 

Second term bill, due on or before November 2 1st will include 
One-fourth of room rent in advance 
Eight weeks board in advance 
Any supplementary charges 

Third term bill, due on or before February 1st, 1950 will include 

Credit for balance of scholarship or bursary aid (if any) 
Statement for 

Tuition $250 

Laboratory Supplies (if any) 

One-fourth of room rent in advance 

Eight weeks board in advance 

Any supplementary charges 



Fourth term bill, due on or before March 31st, 1950 will include 

One-fourth of room rent in advance 
Eight weeks board in advance 
Any supplementary charges 

A fifth term bill may be rendered after the end of the academic 
year if necessary in any individual case for charges occurring after 
March 31st. Refunds for deposits will be made by the Bursar's 
Office at the earliest possible convenience. 

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Academic Requirements 

'"TpHE Normal Program at Brandeis University consists of 5 
courses, each meeting 3 hours a week. Accordingly, the number 
of credits per term is 15. Permission to take additional credits, but 
not more than 18 credits, may be granted by the Administrative 
Board only to students whose records are above average and who 
have special reason for needing the additional credit. There is a fee 
of $50 per course for each term for additional elective instruction 
beyond the normal load. 

The minimum number of credits required for promotion to each 
class is as follows: Sophomore, 30; Junior, 60; Senior, 90; Gradua- 
tion, 120. 

Auditing of Courses 

Permission to audit a course of instruction without credit may 
be obtained only through the Registrar's Office and then only with 
the consent of the instructor and upon payment of a $10 fee. 


If for any reason a student wishes to withdraw from a course, he 
must consult the Counsellor of Students. 

A student wishing to take a leave of absence or withdraw from 
the College should consult the Counsellor of Students. 


Attendance will be taken and absences reported in all classes 
regularly open to freshmen. Students are required to attend all 
classes. Cuts will not be permitted in classes held the last two days 
before and the first two days after a holiday period. 



A student absent from classes because of illness must consult the 
University Health Office before attendance is resumed. 

Classes begin at 10 minutes after the hour and end on the hour. 
Students are expected to be prompt. 


Formal grades, evaluating the student's work on a semester basis, 
will be recorded at the end of each semester. In determining these 
grades all components of the student's work in a course will be 
considered: all written work, recitations, laboratory technique and 
reports, special reports or research, and final examinations. 

The following grades will be used: 
A High Distinction 
B Distinction 
C Satisfactory 

D Passing, but unsatisfactory 
E Failure 

Dean's List 

A student whose record at the mid-year or final examination period 
consists of five courses, with grades of B or higher in four and with 
no grade below C, will be placed on the Dean's List for the follow- 
ing term. 


A student whose record at the end of an academic year consists 
of the equivalent of five full courses, with grades of C or higher 
in four and with no grade below D, will be eligible for advancement 
in good standing to the next higher class. 



For advancement to the senior class and for graduation, a student 
whose cumulative record includes more than two D's in full courses, 
or the equivalent in half courses, must also present for every grade 
of D heyond the two a compensating grade of B or better. A student 
whose record after five terms does not meet this condition will be 
placed on probation. 


A student whose record at the end of any regular marking period 
is lower than four C's and one D may, at the discretion of the Ad- 
ministrative Board, either be placed on probation or have his con- 
nections with the University severed. 


The University further reserves the right to dismiss students 
whose personal conduct it regards as undesirable, without assigning 
further reason. 


Basic Language Requirement 

The basic language requirement for a degree is to be met by all 
students within two years of matriculation through the satisfactory 
completion of an intermediate course of instruction in any foreign 
language. Failure to meet this requirement within the stipulated 
period shall automatically cause the student to be placed on proba- 

Students may meet the basic language requirement by demonstrat- 
ing an acceptable command of the language in a special exemption 
examination. Such examinations will be announced at least twice 
during the academic year and exemptions obtained in this fashion 
will be certified in writing to the Registrar by the examining officials. 



Foreign Literature Requirement for a Degree 

No student shall be eligible for a degree without completing a 
full year's work in either an introductory or an advanced course of 
literature in a foreign language. 



Programs of Studies 

/ "TpHE Brandeis Curriculum is based on the general education 
A concept. This plan requires the student to participate in an 
integrated sequence of "core", courses which, by general consent, 
appear to provide the best means of establishing a solid general 
foundation of knowledge about our cultural heritage. An attempt 
is made to avoid the dissipation of energy which accompanied the 
aimless and unreasoned selection of courses under the old "free 
elective" system. The new scheme does not prevent a student from 
pursuing a coherent sequence of courses in some preferred field of 
concentration. If specialization in this sense continues, it does make 
certain, however, that the student will be introduced to the major 
experiences of our social evolution, and to those significant scientific 
achievements which should be the common possession of educated 
men and women. 

The general education plan at Brandeis can be best summarized 
in the following outline of the program of studies in the freshman 
and sophomore years. 


Required Core Curriculum 

1. Social Science A 

2. Humanities A 

3a. Natural Science A or B 

(for non-science concentrators) 


3b. Chemistry 1 or Chemistry 2a and 2b, or Physics 1, or Biology 1 
(for science concentrators) 



Language and Literature Requirement 

4a. If the Basic Foreign Language Requirement is not met by 
exemption examination, choose one course from those listed: 
French A or B German A or B 

Spanish A or B Hebrew A or B 


4b. If the Basic Foreign Language Requirement is met, fulfill the 
Foreign Literature Requirement by electing one of the following 

French 1 German 1 

Spanish 1 Hebrew 1 

Elective Courses Open to Freshmen 

5. Select one from following list: 
Speech B or C or 1 
Philosophy A or 1 

Political Science 1 or Economics 1 or Psychology 1 
English Composition 1 or Music 1 
Mathematics A or B (necessary for science concentrators) 

Contingent Requirements 

Students with deficiencies in written or oral expression will be 
required to enroll in English Composition A or Speech A or Speech 
B respectively, but not in all simultaneously. If a need exists for 
all courses, enrollment in Speech A or Speech B will be postponed 
until the requirement of English Composition A is met. 


Required Core Curriculum 

1. Social Science B 

2. Humanities B 

3a. Natural Science A or B 

(for non-science concentrators) 


3b. Chemistry 1 or 2a and 2b, or 3a, or 4b, or Physics 1 or Biology 1 
(for science concentrators) 



Language and Literature Requirement 

4a. If the Basic Foreign Language Requirement is not met by 
exemption examination, continue the language started in the 
freshman year by electing one of the following: 

French B or Spanish B or German B or Hebrew B 


4b. If the Basic Foreign Language Requirement is met, fulfill the 
Foreign Literature Requirement by electing one of the following 

French 1 or Spanish 1 or German 1 or Hebrew 1 


4c. If the Foreign Literature Requirement is met, a free elective 
exists. (For choices available, see below.) 

Elective Courses Open to Sophomores 

5. One elective may be selected as follows: 

a. From the list of electives open to freshmen 

b. By starting a new foreign language 

c. History 11 or Comparative Literature 9a and 9b or 

Mathematics 1 or French 4a and 4b 

Contingent Requirements 

See the statement on speech requirement for the Freshman Year. 

Except for science concentrators who must elect work in mathematics, 
it becomes apparent from the above schedules that a student has only 
one free elective in the freshman year. In the second year, those who have 
completed the Foreign Literature Requirement will have two electives avail- 
able. In view of the limited flexibility in these two years, it becomes all the 
more important that the student make a wise choice of elective work. In 
his freshman year the student should elect the course which introduces him 
to a possible .field of concentration. The electives in the second year should 
continue work in that direction or at least in closely allied fields. If this is 
done, the student enters the junior year with some experience in the field 
of specialization which may be chosen in the upper two years. 




Although the details of the full curriculum cannot be announced 
at this time, the University plans to offer sufficient courses to permit 
concentration in each of the following fields: 

Science: Mathematics; Biology; Chemistry; Physics. 

Social Studies: History; Political Science; Economics; Psychology. 

Humanities: Comparative Literature; Romance Languages and Literature; 
English and American Literature; Music. 

Joint Programs: Semitic Languages and Civilization; Classical Civiliza- 


Brandeis University will not offer highly specialized courses for 
pre-professional students in the belief that a well-rounded liberal 
arts background is the best preparation for professional training. 


The majority of medical schools today require applicants to hold a Bach- 
elor's degree, although some accept students with only three years of college 
training. Medical schools expect students to be equipped in the sciences basic 
to medicine: chemistry, biology, physics. Students should also be broadly 
grounded in the liberal arts. A careful study by the American Association of 
Medical Colleges has shown that the achievement of students in medical 
schools is in direct proportion to their liberal arts background: those students 
rank highest who hold a bachelor of arts degree. For this reason premedical 
students at Brandeis are urged to complete the requirements for the degree 
without excessive concentration in the sciences. 


Undergraduate preparation for the degree of doctor of dental surgery is 
similar to premedical preparation. 


Students planning to pursue the study of law will find the broad, liberal 
education at Brandeis an excellent preparation. Students should pay par- 
ticular attention to the social sciences, with emphasis on government and 
economics; and to developing mastery in the use of language. The Univer- 
sity recommends a four-year liberal background as best preparation for the law. 


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Courses of Instruction 

'"TpHE Courses of Instruction under the Faculty of Arts and 
Sciences are listed below. All courses meet for three hours a 
week unless the course description indicates otherwise. Except for 
those courses with numbers containing the letters "a" or "b," all 
offerings are full courses not divisible at mid-years. The presence of 
"a" or "b" in the course number indicates a half-course, "a" indica- 
ting that the course starts in the fall term and "b" in the spring term. 
Each course description, where necessary, includes a statement about 
special requirements, prerequisites and fees. 

It must be kept in mind that the following list includes only 
those courses which have been organized for presentation in the 
academic year 1949-50. Subsequent catalogues will reflect the 
further growth of the University by including the many new courses 
which will round out the various fields of concentration. The present 
catalogue will serve, however, to suggest the direction of future 
expansion in the curriculum. 

BIOLOGY 1. General Biology 

Introduction to the more important principles of biology; study of plant 
and animal structure as a background to the understanding of function. 

Three classroom and three laboratory hours a week. Laboratory fee: $10. 

CHEMISTRY 1. General Chemistry 

The fundamental principles of chemistry, atomic structure, and kinetic- 
molecular theory will be dealt with in the first semester. The second semester 
will include reactions and applications of the elements, chemical equilibria, 
and elementary nucleonics. 

Open to those students who have not had chemistry in high school. 

Three classroom and three laboratory hours a week. Laboratory fee: $10. 



CHEMISTRY 2a. Advanced General Chemistry 

Principles of chemistry, atomic structure, elementary nucleonics, chemical 
equilibria. To be followed by Chemistry 2b. 

Students who have had a year of high-school chemistry and who wish to 
take further work in chemistry will he given a special examination during 
registration week to determine whether they are qualified for Chemistry 1 or 
for 2a and 2k This latter sequence prepares the student for Chemistry 4b 
(required of Chemistry majors^) or for Organic Chemistry (required of pre- 
medical students^) in two terms instead of three. 

Three classroom and three laboratory hours a week. Laboratory fee: $10. 

CHEMISTRY 2b. Advanced General Chemistry and 
Qualitative Analysis 
Reactions of the elements, together with their detection and estimation 
by semi-micro methods. 

Prerequisite: Chemistry 2a. 

Three classroom and five laboratory hours a week. Laboratory fee: $10. 

CHEMISTRY 3a. Qualitative Analysis 

The detection and estimation of the common positive and negative ions 
by semi-micro methods. 

Prerequisite: Chemistry A or B, or Chemistry 1. 

Two classroom and six laboratory hours a week. Laboratory fee: $10. 

CHEMISTRY 4b. Quantitative Analysis 

Theory and practice of precise analysis by gravimetric and volumetric 

Prerequisite: Chemistry 21? or "ia. 

Two classroom and six laboratory hours a week. Laboratory fee: $10. 

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 9a. English and American Poets 
and Essayists of the Nineteenth Century 

A study of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Carlyle, Tennyson, Emerson, Thoreau, 
and Whitman. 

Prerequisite: Humanities A. 

Modern Novel 
Authors whose works will be read and discussed include Flaubert, Tur- 
genev, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Zola, Proust, Celine, Joyce, Dreiser and Fitz- 
gerald. Literary masterpieces will be examined from the point of view of 
their formal excellence and also as a reflection of the most critical conflicts 
and problems in the mind of modern man and of his society. 

Prerequisite: Humanities A. 



ECONOMICS 1. Introduction to Economics 

Introductory analysis of modern economic society, including consideration 
of the principles governing the creation, distribution, and consumption of the 
national product and investment of the national capital. An attempt will be 
made to give the student a working knowledge of certain significant problems 
which stem from the functioning of the system of private enterprise. 

Open to freshmen. 

ENGLISH COMPOSITION A. Remedial Composition 

This course is designed to give the student instruction in the basic prin- 
ciples of clear and effective writing. 

Required of all students not exempted upon the basis of a proficiency test. 
Students doing adequate work at the end of the first term will he excused 
from completing the course. Non-credit. 

Two hours a week and a conference hour. 

ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1. Advanced Composition 

Intensive study of the shorter forms, the essay, the short story, the lyric, 
and practice in writing these. 

Not open to students enrolled in English Composition A. Students wishing 
to register in this course must submit specimens of their work to the instructor 
and obtain his permission to enroll. 

Two hours a week and a conference hour. 

FRENCH A. Introductory French 

Fundamentals of grammar, gradual building of vocabulary; pronunciation; 
brief compositions and readings in basic French. Conversation in French is 
encouraged among students. 

Open to those students who have never had any instruction in French. 

FRENCH B. Intermediate French 

Intensive review of French grammar; stress on acquisition of vocabulary 
and idioms; compositions in French; readings of short stories by modern 
French authors; conversation. 

Prerequisite: French A or at least two years of French in secondary 

FRENCH 1. General Introduction to French Literature 

After a brief survey of the medieval period, this course covers in outline 
the main currents of French literature from the Pleiade to the beginning of 
the first world war. Particular stress is laid on the reading of a considerable 
number of master works of French literature. 

Prerequisite: French B or its equivalent. 



FRENCH 4a. French Prose Writers of the Seventeenth Century 

The course will deal chiefly with the prose masters of French classicism: 
Descartes, Pascal, La Rochefoucauld, and La Bruyere. Lectures, reports, 
and considerable outside reading. 

Prerequisite: French 1 or its equivalent. 

FRENCH 4b. The French Classical Drama 

A thorough study of the main works of Corneille, Moliere, and Racine. 
Attention will also be paid to the masterpieces of the minor playwrights. 
Lectures, reports, and assigned readings. 

Prerequisite: French 1 or 4a, or equivalent. 

GERMAN A. Introductory German 

Fundamentals of grammar, acquisition of vocabulary, pronunciation; brief 
compositions and reading of simple texts. 

Open to those students who have never had any instruction in German. 

GERMAN B. Intermediate German 

Intensive review of German grammar, vocabulary and idioms; compositions 
and readings in classic and modern works. 

Prerequisite: German A or at least two years of German in secondary 

GERMAN 1. Introduction to German Literature 

Intensive study of classical and modern texts. Conversation and prose 
composition based on these. First semester: Goethe: Dichtung und Wahrheit 
(selected chapters); Schiller: Wilhelm Tell; Kleist: Michael Kohlhaas. 
Second semester: Hauptmann: Der Arme Heinrich; Thomas Mann: Essays; 
Representative modern poems from Liliencron to Rilke. 

Prerequisite: German B or its equivalent. 

HEBREW A. Introductory Modern Heerew 

Fundamentals of Hebrew grammar and the acquisition of a basic vocabu- 
lary of 300 roots; rudiments of reading, writing and conversation. 

Open to those students who have not previously had instruction in 

HEBREW B. Intermediate Modern Hebrew 

Intensive review of grammar and vocabulary; advanced grammar and 
vocabulary; fast reading of Hebrew texts; conversation. Preparation for 
grammatical analysis from modern Hebrew literary sources. 

Prerequisite: Hebrew A or its equivalent. Consent of instructor re- 
quired prior to enrollment. 



HEBREW 1. Introduction to Modern Hebrew Literature 

A course in modern Hebrew Literature beginning with the 19th century 
to modern times. The text reading from outstanding essays, prose, poetry 
of Ahad Ha-am, Agnon, Bialik and others. 

Prerequisite: Hebrew B or its equivalent. Consent of instructor re- 
quired prior to enrollment. 

HISTORY 11. History op Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations 

A survey of the development of culture in the cradle of western civiliza- 
tion; the genesis of human conscience as reflected in the literature, art, 
religion, architecture, law and government of the Near Eastern peoples from 
the pre-historic period to the Abbasid dynasty in the eighth century of the 
Common Era. 

Prerequisite: Social Science A. 

HUMANITIES A. Classics of the Western Tradition Through 
the Renaissance 

An introduction to selected masterpieces of Western literature in trans- 
lation. Discussion of their leading forms, ideas, and values. Homer, Sophocles, 
Plato, the Old Testament, the New Testament, Vergil, Dante, Chaucer and 
Rabelais will be read. 

Required of all freshmen. 

HUMANITIES B. Classics of the Western Tradition from the 
Renaissance to the Present 

An introduction to selected masterpieces of Western literature since the 
Renaissance. Discussion of their leading forms, ideas, and values. Shake- 
speare, Moliere, Milton, Fielding, Goethe, Balzac, Tolstoy, Whitman, and 
T. S. Eliot will be among the authors discussed. 

Required of all sophomores. 

MATHEMATICS A. Trigonometry and Selected Topics in College 
Algebra and Mathematical Analysis 

Exponents, radicals, logarithms; trigonometric functions, identities, and 
equations; right and oblique triangles; progressions, mathematical induction, 
and binomial theorem; linear and quadratic equations, concept of function, 
elements of analytic geometry, and some elements of calculus. 

MATHEMATICS B. Analytical Geometry and Introduction to the 

Review of trigonometry; the coordinate-system, the straight line, the circle, 
and conies; fundamental concepts of sequence, general rules of differentia- 
tion, algebraic and transcendental functions, and applications to geometry. 



MATHEMATICS 1. Differential and Integral Calculus 

Differentiation of transcendent functions; elements of differential geometry; 
integration of functions of one variable; infinite series. 
Prerequisite: Mathematics B. 

MUSIC 1. Style and Structure in Music 

A survey of the literature of music from ancient times, Greek and Jewish 
music to Gregorian chant, Organum, music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, 
Baroque, Classic and Romantic periods and the music of our times. Intro- 
duction into the elements of musical language and the principles of formal 

NATURAL SCIENCE A. Principles of the Physical Universe 

The fundamental principles and structure of the physical cosmos based 
on data drawn from astronomy, physics, chemistry and geology. The topics 
include the theory of the solar system, axioms of terrestrial and celestial 
mechanics, heat, electricity, elements of quantum theory, atomic structure, 
radioactivity, and nuclear energy, elements of matter, and nature of the earth. 
Either Natural Science A or B must he taken in the first year hy all 
students except those enrolling in either Chemistry 1, Physics 1, or Biology 1. 
Details as to hours to be announced. 

NATURAL SCIENCE B. Principles of the Biological Universe 

The fundamental principles of living organisms, including man as a 
biological entity, derived from the data of zoology, botany and psychology. 
The topics include the nature and mechanism of living things, relation of 
organisms to their physical environment, theory of evolution, and the bio- 
logical foundations of behavior. 

Either Natural Science A or B must he taken in the first year hy all 
students except those enrolling in either Chemistry 1, Physics 1, or Biology 1. 
Details as to hours to be announced. 

PHILOSOPHY A. Logic and Scientific Method 

I. Formal logic, propositions, relations between propositions. The categori- 
cal, hypothetical, alternative and disjunctive syllogisms. Elements of mathe- 
matical logic. 

II. Scientific method; hypothesis and experiment; induction and statistical 
methods; probability and measurements. 

PHILOSOPHY 1. Classics in Philosophy 

Reading in Plato, Aristotle, Maimonides, Descartes, Berkeley, Hume and 
Kant. The course will be conducted in the form of a conference and dis- 
cussion with frequent student reports in class. 

PHYSICS 1. General Physics 

Analytical approach to pure and applied physics, stressing fundamental 
phenomena and principles in mechanics, sound, heat, electricity, magnetism 
and light. 

Three classroom and three laboratory hours a week. Laboratory fee: $10. 



POLITICAL SCIENCE 1. Comparative Government 

The basic principles and systems of government in the democratic and 
totalitarian states. The elements of effective government; problems of freedom, 
administration, parties, legislative action, judicial protection, national co- 
hesion; the shaping of foreign policy; the problem of peace and international 

Two lecture meetings and one discussion section per week. 

PSYCHOLOGY 1. Psychology of Behavior 

Introduction to human general psychology through a survey of motiva- 
tion, emotion, perception, thinking, learning, intelligence, and the study 
of personality. Social behavior is approached from the viewpoint of child 
development, group phenomena, and prejudice. 

SOCIAL SCIENCE A. Introduction to the Development of 
Western Institutions and Thought 
This course will center on the factors and forces which have shaped the 
development of Western society from the ancient to the modern world. 
The major emphasis will be on the social, economic and political ideas em- 
bodied in institutional developments and the currents and counter-currents 
which have produced changes therein. 

Required of all freshmen. 

Two lecture meetings and one discussion section per week. 

SOCIAL SCIENCE B. Introduction to the Development of 

American Civilization and Institutions 

An analysis of the major ideas and institutions which have gone into the 
fabric of American civilization, with special attention to the political, eco- 
nomic and intellectual aspects of American society. 

Required of all sophomores. 

Two lecture meetings and one discussion section per week. 

[SOCIAL SCIENCE 5b.] Comparative Religions 

A survey of the three great religions — Judaism, Christianity, Islam — that 
stemmed from the cradle of Western civilization. This course will survey 
their development from ancient to modern times and will also touch on the 
problems of religion in the modern world. 

Not offered in 1949-50. 

SPANISH A. Introductory Spanish 

Fundamentals of grammar, gradual building of vocabulary, pronunciation; 
brief compositions and readings in basic Spanish. Conversation in Spanish 
is encouraged among students. 

Open to those students who have never had any instruction in Spanish. 



SPANISH B. Intermediate Spanish 

Intensive review of Spanish grammar; stress on acquisitions of vocabulary 
and idioms; compositions in Spanish; readings of short stories by modern 
authors; conversation. 

Prerequisite: Spanish A or at least two years of Spanish in secondary 

SPANISH 1. Outline of Spanish Literature 

An introductory course in Spanish Literature, dealing with its main current 
from the Poema Del Cid to the outbreak of the first World War. Lectures, 
assigned readings, and reports. 

Prerequisite: Spanish B or its equivalent. 

SPEECH A. Remedial Speech 

Intensive speech re-education for students with speech deviations such 

as stuttering, lisping, dysphonia, foreign accent, etc. 

All first-year students must take a speech examination and those with 
speech deficiencies must enroll in this course. Enrollment will he postponed 
for those taking English Composition A. Non-credit. 

Two hours a week for 26 weeks. 

SPEECH B. Fundamentals of Voice and Articulation 

Analysis of the process of voice production and of the phonetic bases of 
American speech. Exercises for good vocal quality and clear articulation, 
practice in reading and speaking. 

May he required for some students with speech deficiencies. 

Two hours a week for 26 weeks. 

SPEECH Cb. Fundamentals of Public Speaking and Group 
Discussion . 

Steps in speech preparation and delivery. Practice in informative and 
persuasive speaking. Analysis of the process of group thinking from the 
point of view of leadership and membership. 

SPEECH 1. Oral Communication 

Analysis of the communicative process, and evaluation of media of oral 
communication: the public assembly, the theatre, the radio, the morion 
picture, and television. Laboratory sessions to develop the student's tech- 
nique. Field trips. 

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. 

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