July 11, 1942
The college announced extensive changes in the curriculum for the next academic year, many of them wrought by the war. Courses in French, German, Spanish and Russian emphasized translation skills, particularly of technical or other very specific material and were open to members of the surrounding community who possessed the necessary fundamental knowledge of a language. This emphasis prepared students for the civil service translator examinations. A course in modern Greek was also offered, although only to Vassar students, and the Russian department augmented its extraordinary collection of Russian rare editions with dictionaries and lexicons of scientific and technological terminology.
The department of astronomy offered its first course in meteorology, open to juniors and seniors with the proper prerequisites and designed to meet the requirements of the civil service junior grade meteorologist examination, The physics department taught an advanced course in radio and vacuum tube applications, such as radio transmitters and receivers and television. The psychology department offered a graduate course within the new conservation graduate division on the psychology of personality with collateral study to prepare for scientific research of problems of mental health. A second new course in the department was directed at undergraduates preparing for non-academic psychological vocations, in education, social services, industry or government. The New York Times