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Curriculum Committee Requirements for New Courses and Course Changes

This checklist developed by the HASS Curriculum Committee, can be used by all departments to prepare course proposals for review and approval by the school curriculum committee and the Institute Wide Curriculum Committee

  1. Has the proposed course's title been checked with regard to the other departmental offerings in the school and institute, to make sure there is no duplication or cross-departmental domain concerns?
  2. Is the course description precise and in the appropriate format? (Length should be 75 words or less.) Is it descriptive, clear, and free from unnecessary jargon?
  3. Does the course description include the necessary prerequisites? If it is a 4000 level course, there must be prerequisites. If there are specific prerequisites, these course's departments and course numbers must be listed.
  4. Does the course description indicate the semester(s) it will be offered? (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  5. Does the course carry the appropriate number of credit hours, and are they included in the description.
  6. Have the course proposal form and accompanying documents, including the course syllabus, been checked for spelling and typographic errors?
  7. Is the correct and most recent syllabus for the specific course attached to the form?
  8. Does the attached course syllabus contain the following:
    • The same course number as the paperwork?
    • A grading policy?
    • A statement on academic integrity?
  9. Is the course cross-listed? Does the description include the other course number and a notation stating that a student cannot obtain credit for both courses?
  10. Is the course listed at both the 4000 and 6000 level? Is there a complete packet for each course containing the form and a syllabus?

Comprehensive Course Syllabus Template

Course Addition Template

Course Change Template

Course Deletion Template

Minor Change Template