Professor of Economics Mabel Newcomer offered an experimental course based on the design of “Today’s Cities,” introduced by Professor Helen Lockwood ’12  in the 1945 c-term.  Twenty students and five teachers from the economics, history, plant science, physics and political science departments joined her in “The Tennessee Valley: A Regional Study.”  The course filled the students’ programs for c-term and included a two-week field study in the Tennessee Valley.

"Today's Cities," was also given again in the third term. The course, taking the students' full time, focused on dominant urban culture, and involved six teachers from six departments, with frequent field trips. First offered in 1945, it was also given in 1947.

Experimental courses of this comprehensive and multidisciplinary nature were not continued after 1947, when the college returned to the four-year plan.