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Each term has three Paradigms courses at 2 credits each, for a total of 6 credits per term. The Paradigms courses are 3 weeks each. Students taking any of the Winter Term Paradigms, are also required to take a 4th week, at the BEGINNING of term, called the Preface, which all the Winter term Paradigms share in common. Similarly, students taking any of the Spring Term Paradigms, are required to take a common 4th week, called the Interlude, which begins the week BEFORE PH 423. Ten Paradigms exist.

All the Paradigms courses are scheduled at 13:00-13:50 on M, W, F and 12:00-13:50 on T, R (i.e. 7 hours per week). A brief description of each course can be found by clicking on the links on the Course Descriptions page.

Paradigms, Prefaces and Postscripts always begin on a Monday and end on a Friday. A calendar for the current academic year can be found at the link on the table above.

Add/Drop and Withdraw Dates

Special add/drop and withdrawal procedures are in place for the Paradigms, because of their unusual structure. The last day to add/drop a Paradigm is the third day it meets (not counting the Preface). The last day to withdraw is at the end of the second week it meets (not counting the Preface). See Corinne Manogue (Weniger 493, if you are having trouble getting this accomplished at the Registrar's Office.  See the calendar in the table above for the add/drop and withdraw dates for current academic year.


Finals for the Paradigms are entirely at the discretion of the instructor. The instructor may choose to use regularly scheduled class time for all or part of the evaluations. Alternatively, the instructor may choose an appropriate Finals Week slot or may schedule a Monday evening final the week after the last class of that Paradigm. If used, this last alternative will be listed in the Schedule of Classes. Some Paradigms do not have a final.