Instruction 2004/2005

The courses of instruction are announced subject to modification. Classes and seminars will meet in accordance with the schedule of classes, printed for each semester. Scheduled courses may be withdrawn owing to underelection, change in faculty, or special emergency.

Schedule of Classes

Classes meet Monday through Friday beginning at 8:00 a.m. or 9:00 a.m.; Wednesday afternoon after 3:00 and Wednesday evening are open for field work and study on special projects. Course meetings are scheduled for three 50-minute or two 75-minute periods unless specified to the contrary; longer sessions may be used for seminars and laboratory work.

A limited number of classes are scheduled on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings; otherwise the evening hours are kept free for rehearsals, meetings, lectures, special programs, and presentations.

Library Hours

Main Library

When college is in session, the main library is open:

Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

During college breaks the hours are:

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays.

Art Library

When college is in session, the art library is open:

Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

During college breaks the hours are listed in the Vassar College calendar and on the Library website.

Music Library

When college is in session, the music library is open:

Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, 12:00 noon to 11:00 p.m.

During college breaks the hours are listed in the Vassar College calendar and on the Library website.

Course Credit

The credit which a course carries is stated in units per semester and shown in parentheses () opposite the course title.

Course Elections

The elections of first-year students are limited to courses marked “Open to all classes,” or to courses numbered 100 to 199 unless special prerequisites are stated. Students with Advanced Placement credit may be admitted to other courses. Unless otherwise noted, courses are open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Matriculated students may audit courses with the permission of the instructor. No formal registration is necessary and no extra fee is charged.

Course Numbering System

Undergraduate courses are offered on the levels shown in the following numbering system:

000-099 Noncredit courses.

100-199 Introductory courses, without prerequisite of college work

200-299 Intermediate courses, with prerequisite of 1 to 2 units of ­Introductory work or Advanced Placement or permission

300-399 Advanced courses, with prerequisite of 2 units of Intermediate work or permission

Courses numbered above 400 are designed for graduate students. The same number is reserved in each department for particular kinds of study:

290 Field Work

297 Reading Course

298 Intermediate Independent Work

399 Senior Independent Work

Courses numbered in the 180 and 280 series are newly developed courses which may be offered on a trial basis under this number for one time only. After this initial offering, the course must either be presented for approval as a regular course or dropped completely by the department.

Courses numbered in the 380 series apply to departmental offerings in which small groups of students pursue advanced work on special topics with special permission. It is understood that the topics are changed from time to time, with no particular time limit, according to the department’s needs, and are listed under the general heading “Special Studies” within the departmental listings. The term may also apply to experimental courses introduced by departments or introduced interdepartmentally which will normally be offered for one year.

Course Notations

[   ] not offered in 2004/05.

a Course offered in the first semester

b Course offered in the second semester

a or b Semester course which may be offered in either semester or in both

a and b Course offered in both semesters

a.1,b.1 Half-unit courses given in the first half of the semester

a.2,b.2 Half-unit courses given in the second half of the semester

- A hyphen separating course numbers shows courses that must be taken for a year for credit (105a-106b). See credit restrictions, page 53.

/ A slash separating course numbers shows courses in which the first semester may be taken alone for credit but is required for permission to elect the second (105a/106b).

A student who fails the first semester of a year-long course (courses with numbers separated by a hyphen or a slash) may not take the second semester except by departmental permission.

, A comma separating course numbers shows that either semester may be elected without the other (105a, 106b).