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Faculty Academic Advising - Curriculum FAQ

Curriculum Committee-FAQ’s

Submitting a New Course Proposal

How do I choose a course number?

Numbers cannot be re-used. Department Chairs have a complete list of active and inactive numbers. Consult with Chair or the Registrar’s Office. Curriculum Committee will assign numbers when appropriate.

How do I choose FISHN designations?

Read the descriptions for each of the designations below. More than one designation may be chosen, but you  need to be sure that your course fits the definition(s) you chose.

Fine Arts (F): Fine arts courses examine the interaction of elements within art forms, the ways in which these interactions produce artistic expression, and the conventions of the particular artistic disciplines. In these courses, students expand their expressive abilities and/or sharpen their skills at formal analysis (such as how to experience a work of art).

International (I): “I” courses may study global issues in one of three ways. 1. The course introduces students to the history, art, literature, philosophy, or civic life of people of different nationalities. 2. The course requires students to think and express themselves in a language other than English. 3. The course examines international social, material, cultural, or intellectual exchange at a systemic level.

Social Science (S): Social scientists strive to understand a wide range of human behavior, from the formation of the self to the interaction of nations. Knowledge is acquired from systematic study, using a diverse set of scientific methods including laboratory experiments, field observation, survey work, and quantitative and qualitative ethnographic analyses, as well as insight acquired through experience.

Humanities (H): The humanities use methods such as textual interpretation, historical analysis, and philosophical investigation to ask fundamental questions of value, purpose, and meaning in a rigorous and systematic way. The humanities teach us to think critically and imaginatively, informed by the knowledge of how those questions are (or have been) understood in different times, places, and cultures.

Natural Sciences (N): Courses in natural and mathematical sciences enable students to engage with the methods of exploring the processes of the natural world. These methods include observation, generation of models and hypotheses, and analysis of models that pertain to the natural world, and empirical testing.

What are the requirements for CW?

A CW course devotes considerable time to the development and assessment of writing skills. CW courses require multiple writing assignments. The total length of assignments will vary by discipline, but fifteen to twenty-five pages per semester are recommended. The methods of teaching writing also vary by discipline and by instructor, but all CW courses explicitly address the mechanics of writing and editing. Consequently, the syllabus of a CW course indicates the specific writing goals of the class, the criteria by which writing assignments will be evaluated, and the writing or style manual(s) that serve as the basis of instruction. A significant portion of class time is specifically dedicated to learning writing skills. At least 35% of the final course grade must be determined by writing assignments.

CW courses are intended to help students develop, compose, organize, revise, and edit their own writing. They develop a student's abilities to identify and define a thesis as well as to collect, organize, present, and analyze evidence and documentation to disseminate knowledge. CW courses are not limited to English only.

Instructors may incorporate various pedagogical strategies to teach effective writing. CW courses may include ungraded assignments, but all include graded assignments with clearly stated goals and opportunities to revise, rewrite, and resubmit papers. Examples of evaluation of these assignments may include written feedback from the instructor on both the writing and substance, peer review and editing in class, individual faculty-student conferences, and portfolio development.

The instructor may limit enrollment in a CW course to eighteen students with departmental approval. Those willing to work with larger numbers are welcome to do so.

All instructors of CW courses must be encouraged to participate in periodic workshops that focus on the teaching of writing. The Provost’s Office plans and coordinates the workshops. Instructors on nine-month contracts will be compensated for attending or leading a workshop that occurs during the summer or other times outside their contractual obligations. Workshop topics may include: developing the skills necessary for providing students with constructive feedback, articulating goals for courses and writing assignments, assessing the writing of international and transfer students, designing and implementing assessment rubrics, incorporating online technologies and communities as effective tools for teaching writing, evaluating text quality, or writing for specific audiences.

[Faculty approved changes to (1a) on March, 2010.

What are the requirements for CS?

A speech-based (CS) course requires at least 25% of the grade be determined by two or more oral individual or group presentations, and it fulfills two requirements: (1) The course aims to develop rhetorical skills necessary for effective and creative speech in individual, group or public presentation. This may include one or more of the following: speech design and delivery, listening, negotiation, leadership, persuasion, collaboration, or decision making; (2) the course offers students at least two opportunities to demonstrate these skills. Evaluation of the first opportunity guides improvement of the second.

How do I apply for changes to an existing course?
For changes such as:

For changes such as:

Adding Interdisciplinary Colloquia (IC) or Cultural Analysis (CA)

When do my course changes take effect?

How do I offer a special topics course?

Special topics courses do not require Curriculum Committee approval unless you are asking for something special such as IC or CA. A special topics course may be taught up to 3 times and then you will need to do a New Course Proposal. Departments may offer more than 1 special topics course in any given semester. Prerequisites cannot be listed on special topics as regular courses. They will only show in the description and that will not stop a student from registering, and if this is a requirement, you may want to list the course as instructor permission only.

How do I start a mini program for summer or recesses?

    Who do I contact if I need help?