Designing New Courses

Adding a new course to the curriculum requires approval from one's department chair and from the University. The College Curriculum Council (CCC) is the faculty-student committee charged with approving new undergraduate courses. A subcommittee of the CCC reviews new course proposals on a rolling basis; however, key deadlines for course approvals by the pre-registration period and the start of the term are posted below. Proposals for new courses can be completed online and should contain the following:

  • a catalogue description of 100 words
  • a description of educational goals
  • a discussion of workload expectations and assessment measures, including, if a writing-designated course, additional information on the goals for developing student writing and the mechanism by which students will receive feedback on their writing

Visiting faculty must submit a working syllabus before approval; and graduate student instructors will be required to submit a syllabus and curriculum vitae. 


Course proposals must be submitted into the course proposal system in Banner and approved by departments no later than the dates specified below:

  • Final Deadline for Fall 2017 courses:  August 4, 2017
  • Deadline for Spring 2018 Pre-registration period: October 6, 2017
  • Final Deadline for Spring 2018 courses: January 5, 2018

Related Resources

Curricular Programs: WRIT, FYS, SOPH, DIAP Courses

Instructors interested in designating a course as writing-designated, a first-year or sophomore seminar, or as a DIAP Course: Race, Gender, and Inequality may do so at the time they submit the proposal or by initiating a "modification" for an existing course in the course proposal system, then checking the appropriate box in the "curricular programs" section. A recent syllabus should be attached addressing the respective criteria listed in each of the sites linked above.

The Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning offers online resources to help faculty with aspects of course and syllabus design.