Curricular Changes

Submit a new course, course change, or course deletion.

Departments may submit curricular changes -including adding a course, deleting a course, or changing a course - through the Curricular Change Form.  All courses numbered 700-999 are reviewed by the Program and Curricular Changes Subcommittee (PCC) before moving forward to the full Committee on Graduate Studies (CGS). Once approved by CGS, courses are submitted the College Academic Council (CAC) for final review.  Upon CAC approval, the Registrar updates the course information in the Schedule of Classes.  Please note that course numbers may not be reused for up to 4 years after the course deletion.

Course descriptions must be submitted via the Curricular Change Form in catalog copy form.  If submitting a course change or deletion, you will be asked to provide the current course description, as well as a new description if applicable.  Please cut and paste the current description directly from the Academic Catalog to avoid error.  

See the CGS Submissions Schedule to determine the likely timing of reviews and approvals, depending upon submission date.

Class Types

Lecture

LEC

Regularly scheduled academic course (main component)

Laboratory Main

LAB

Laboratory that is a main component

Thesis/Dissertation

THE

(main component)

Activity

ACT

Example: HSES or BAND (main component)

Field Studies

FLD

Example: GEOG 714 Field Experience (main component)

Independent Study

IND

Non-research course (main component) Example: Private lessons, readings, independent study

Individual Research

RSH

 (main component)

Laboratory

LND

Laboratories associated with a main component

Discussion

DIS

Mandatory discussion associated with a main component

Discussion optional

DSO

Voluntary discussion associated with a main component

Seminar*

SEM

Regularly scheduled academic course (main component)

*Seminars are usually made up of a small number of graduate or advanced undergraduates (usually under 10 students) wherein the students take an active role in leading discussions and sharing their opinions on course research topics.  See the Registrar's Course Catalog Codes for information on other catalog codes.

Sample Course Justifications

New Courses

  1. This is a MAJOR/NEW area in DEPT x and we now have a faculty member prepared to offer the course. It will fulfill an elective course requirement in our graduate program in TOPIC 1 and our graduate program in TOPIC 2.
  2. We are combining (SPECIFY COURSE NUMBERS HERE) to streamline our offerings into one course and expedite timely graduation.
  3. This has been taught as a (SEMINAR/SPECIAL TOPICS) course for (SPECIFY LENGTH OF TIME). Because student interest has remained high and there are faculty available to teach it on a regular basis, we would like to make it a formal course.

Course Changes

  1. We are changing the title to more accurately reflect the course description.
  2. We are changing the credit hours to more accurately reflect the course load because (DEPARTMENT FILLS OUT THE REASON).
  3. We are changing the course description in response to (NEW FACULTY MEMBER CHANGING THE COURSE, CHANGING DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DISCIPLINE, ETC.)
  4. We are changing the prerequisite because course XXX is no longer offered. Course YYY has replaced XXX.
  5. We are changing the prerequisite because (THERE HAS BEEN A SHIFT IN EMPHASIS IN TOPICS TAUGHT IN THE COURSE, EXPERIENCE HAS SHOWN THAT THE CURRENT PREREQUISITES ARE INADEQUATE, ETC.) Students will be better prepared to be successful in this course with the new prerequisites.

Course Deletions

  1. This course has not been taught in the past XXX YEARS/SEMESTERS. There are no plans to teach this course in the foreseeable future. We want students to have an accurate list of courses that will be taught so they can efficiently plan their program of study.
  2. This course topic is obsolete in this field and we want students to have an accurate list of courses that will be taught so they can efficiently plan their program of study.
  3. This course is being deleted because course XXX has been replaced by YYY (OR SPLIT INTO AAA, BBB, CCC, etc.).
Contact
College Office of Graduate Affairs
 
Cynthia Lynn
Graduate Affairs Coordinator
(785) 864-1784

 

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