New Minor Proposal

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To initiate a new minor, for departments with or without majors, the departments must submit a proposal that meets the minimum requirements of Columbia College minors, and provides the information requested for review by the Curriculum Committee. The Curriculum Committee reviews the proposal specifically for the educational goals, curriculum, and evaluation or assessment plan and sends their recommendation, along with the proposal to the Academic Affairs Committee for final approval.

All College Minor requirements:
  1. A minor is a focused course of study of 18-24 semester credit hours in a designated department or discipline.
  2. A student must complete a major to receive credit for completing a minor.
  3. A minor must be taken outside of the major department.
  4. Students should declare a minor no later than the graduation audit at 88 cumulative credit hours.
  5. Students may not apply courses from their minor program to the general education requirements.

Columbia College Curriculum Committee Review of Proposed Minor

INSTRUCTIONS: The following questions are designed to be used 1) to assist the Columbia College departments in planning minors (suggested format for the submission of the proposal) and 2) to assist the Curriculum Committee in the review process of the proposals submitted.

Please provide the following information.

In addition to providing the information above, please address the following questions for the review.

  1. Educational Goals:
    1. What are the educational goals of this minor?
  2. Student Audience:
    1. Who is your projected student audience or clientele?
    2. What majors within the college would benefit by taking this minor?
  3. Faculty and Resources:
    1. Can your present faculty teach and administer this minor, or are additional faculty needed? Do you have faculty available to advise students in this minor?
    2. Do the areas of expertise of the present faculty relate to the projected curriculum or do present faculty need retraining?
    3. Describe library resources required for this minor. Are these already available or do they need to be purchased?
    4. Describe equipment and space required for this minor. Can the present facilities support the proposed minor or will your department need additional equipment or space?
  4. Minor Curriculum and Course Analysis.
    1. What is the rationale for the structure of this minor? (Structure refers to total number of courses required and the format suggested, sequential courses or required and elected.)
    2. What courses from other departments, if any, are you planning to include or require in your curriculum? How do these courses relate to the proposed minor?
    3. What are the prerequisite courses or preconditions for students completing this minor?
    4. What are the introductory or preparatory courses in the minor that serve to introduce the student to the field of study?
    5. What course(s) within the minor requirements is (are) considered "beyond the introductory level" and why are these courses considered upper level?
    6. What courses provide a summary of the program and give direction for further study in this field?
    7. Are the courses included in this minor presently in the curriculum or are new courses needed? List all new courses.
    8. How does this minor contribute to the future employability of the student?
    9. Does your department plan to accept transfer courses to qualify for part of this minor? If so, how many?
    10. What plans have you made to evaluate the success of your minor curriculum?
    11. Describe the departmental planning process for this minor.


If you have questions, contact Jan Garfield, at or your Curriculum Committee departmental representative.

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