Course Proposals and Changes | World Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

Course Proposals and Changes

When proposing a New Course, please avoid using any course numbers that end with _9xx. For example, if you're proposing a course at the 4000 level, avoid 4900, 4910, 4920, 4930, etc.

When proposing a New Course, you can fill in the areas "Prepared by" and "Phone" even though the scanned document (see link below) says not to fill in these areas.

When proposing an Experimental Course, you must use 2980, 4980 (undergraduate) or 5980 (graduate).

When you submit your proposals to the departmental Curriculum Committee, please make 5 copies and keep the original. Make sure that you have saved the document(s) on your computer in case you have to make changes.

Writing Course Descriptions and Course Objectives

Writing the Course Description

The description of a course explains the content such as texts/works, currents/ideas of scholarship/thought, etc. This is an example from a literature course in the Department of English: "A survey of the writings of major Colonial and Federalist American authors and a general consideration of the social and intellectual interests of the time."

This sample description is rather brief because it is taken from the Undergraduate Catalog. A course description on a syllabus could be slightly longer.

Writing Course Objectives

The list of objectives should include types of learning opportunities and instructional activities. Course objectives also often include expected educational outcomes. Below is an excerpt from a course on Literature for Youth in the Department of Library and Information Sciences.

"Course Objectives: 1. Learn how to explore children's literature through journal writing. 2. Know the historical overview of literature for youth. 3. Understand the physical, personal and social developmental stages of youth and the developmental theories. 4. Understand how the literature needs of youth change, based on developmental stages. 5. Learn how to analyze materials to determine age appropriateness and literary quality. 6. Examine materials from a wide variety of cultures and groups. 7. Learn how storytelling programs are done. 8. Learn how to create and present a book talk and story time program..."

Some objectives in this excerpt include types of learning opportunities, and others include types of instructional activities. They all explain at least one expected educational outcome.

Please contact the chair of the departmental Curriculum Committee if you have questions about a proposal.

Please click on a link below to download the appropriate form (PDF format):

New Course Proposal
Experimental Course Proposal
Change(s) to an Existing Course

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