Course Proposals and Syllabi
Curriculum Committee Deadlines
20 Sept: Proposals for courses to be taught first in Spring Term
1 Dec: Proposals for changes to majors/minors/concentrations to be effective in fall
20 Jan: Proposals for courses to be taught first in Fall Term of May Term (17 months later)
Course Proposal Resources
|Proposal Forms||Course Guidelines & Learning Outcomes|
For students: How to Read a Syllabus
Submitting a Course Proposal
- If proposing an INQ course, get the list of requirements and assessment from the link above. If proposing a departmental course, review program-level learning outcomes. Discuss how the new course will fit into the program with other department members.
- Set the course-level learning outcomes. Develop content, activities, and assignments. Write the syllabus. Be sure to include everything on the list of required syllabus (see link above). Your syllabus should contain enough details of topics, readings, activities, and assignments to demonstrate the overall progression and coherence of the course.
- In conversation with your department chair (or the relevant program chair), complete the course proposal form. (Links are above) Modify the syllabus if appropriate. Pay close attention to the CC review criteria and INQ course guidelines in the table above.
- Use the link below to submit your proposal to Curriculum Committee (and the General Education Group for INQ courses). You will be prompted to upload the completed proposal form and syllabus.
- Once submitted, your proposal is sent electronically to your department chair for approval. The General Education Director also approves INQ proposals. You will receive automated email notifications of their approval and any changes made to your uploaded documents.
- CC, and GEG when appropriate, will then review your proposal. The chair of CC will contact you with comments on the course. Expect to get comments and some requests for changes. Nearly all proposals require at least one round of revisions.
- Please respond to CC/GEG requests for revision or information as soon as possible so that your course can be approved in a timely manner. Courses to be taught in the spring must be approved by the November faculty meeting. Courses to be taught in the fall semester must be approved by the April faculty meeting.