Brandeis Precollege Online Social Science Programs

Explore the fields of law and policy before college

If you have a passion for law, policy, or advocacy and would like to explore these fields before college, here is your chance. These online courses focused on social science, designed for high school students ages 13 and up, have been created for this purpose. We offer exciting topics in civil litigation, climate change, and global health covered in-depth, through online coursework. Each course features engaging videos by Brandeis faculty and access to mentors. These courses are available year-round, and the online format lets you study anywhere, anytime at your own pace.

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Program Dates

Multiple 2- and 4-week sessions.


For students ages 13+.



Current courses available:

Scales of Justice representing the field of law

Civil Litigation

Civil Litigation: Go Behind the Scenes of a Lawsuit

Experience what it's like to work for a law firm. In this course, you'll help prepare a case, interview the client, and argue the merits of a dispute based on previous rulings. If you are thinking about a future in the law, this course is for you. Taught through engaging videos by Rosalind Kabrhel, Chair of the Legal Studies Program at Brandeis University.

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Global Health

Global Health: When the World Gets Sick

Why do some diseases spread worldwide, while others remain local? How do such illnesses affect economics, politics and human rights? What can you do to lobby for more effective and just treatment? This course offers a multi-faceted look at global health. If you are interested in medicine, STEM, or advocacy, you’ll want to be part of this course. Taught through engaging videos by Brandeis professor and scientist, Cynthia Tschampl, PhD.

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Environmental Science

Climate Change: Inside the Science and Advocacy

Do you see challenges in your neighborhood where the environment is being harmed? Want to know how to make a scientifically informed argument for change? Do you know your household's carbon footprint? If you're interested in STEM, ecology, or advocacy, this course is a great choice. Taught through engaging videos by Brandeis professors Colleen Hitchcock and Sabine von Mering.

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How You Will Benefit

  • Online courses available throughout the year — pick a social science course that fits your passion and your schedule
  • Suitable for high school students ages 13 and up — so you can start exploring policy, law, or science early on
  • Experience what it’s like to take a course designed by Brandeis University professors while you’re still in high school
  • Lessons by faculty are delivered through videos so that you can tune in whenever your schedule allows — the ultimate in flexibility
  • Receive guidance from mentors that know social science to get the most out of your studies
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion from Brandeis University

High school student applying to a Brandeis social science course

3 Learning Advantages Designed for You

Final Project

All online courses culminate in a special project that allows you to:

  • Demonstrate what you've learned in a presentation
  • Get feedback from your mentors on your work
  • Choose from a variety of medical topics covered in your course to show what you’ve learned 
  • Use any media you prefer— text, video, photography, PowerPoint


You’ll receive guidance from a mentor who can support you and answer questions as you deepen your learning experience. You can expect:

  •  Encouragement and direction on all assignments 
  •  Inspiration, motivation and confidence to help you excel in your studies 
  • Brainstorming and ideation help as you prepare for your final project

Flexible Learning

  • 100% online, works with your schedule
  • Asynchronous: you’ll learn through engaging videos. Tune in anytime that works for you.
  • 20 - 30 hours of total instruction and course work, including engaging multimedia, simulations, and curated assignments for which you will receive guidance and support from mentors
  • Engage with fellow students online from around the world

How to Apply

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It’s easy. No transcripts or letters of recommendation are required. Our application will ask you to provide the following in English:

  1. Basic contact information for you and your parent or guardian.
  2. Why you wish to take this course, and a bit of your story. You can tell us about yourself through writing, video, photos — any media you prefer.

NOTE: Please submit all application materials in English.

 Begin the guided process. It should take only a few minutes of your time to answer the questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How will you be graded? What are assignments like? How much time do you get to turn around a project? When do you find out if you're accepted?

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Want to study on campus?

Brandeis University offers a variety of residential courses throughout the summer that allow Precollege students to engage in the rigors of academics at a world-class university, and join a vibrant community of people interested and engaged in some of the most pressing issues of our time.

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We offer need-based scholarships in each cohort to students exhibiting high potential who need assistance affording the associated cost. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship but you: