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

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.

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