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:
- A minor is a focused course of study of 18-24
semester credit hours in a designated department or discipline.
- A student must complete a major to receive credit
for completing a minor.
- A minor must be taken outside of the major department.
- Students should declare a minor no later than
the graduation audit at 88 cumulative credit hours.
- Students may not apply courses from their minor
program to the general education requirements.
Columbia College Curriculum Committee Review of
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.
- Title of the Minor
- Brief description of minor that includes educational
goals and student audience.
- List of requirements, note required courses
or electives, and sequence, if appropriate.
- Course descriptions of required and elective
In addition to providing the information above,
please address the following questions for the review.
- Educational Goals:
- What are the educational goals of this minor?
- Student Audience:
- Who is your projected student audience or
- What majors within the college would benefit
by taking this minor?
- Faculty and Resources:
- 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?
- Do the areas of expertise of the present
faculty relate to the projected curriculum or do present faculty
- Describe library resources required for
this minor. Are these already available or do they need to
- Describe equipment and space required for
this minor. Can the present facilities support the proposed
minor or will your department need additional equipment or
- Minor Curriculum and Course Analysis.
- 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
- 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?
- What are the prerequisite courses or preconditions
for students completing this minor?
- What are the introductory or preparatory
courses in the minor that serve to introduce the student to
the field of study?
- What course(s) within the minor requirements
is (are) considered "beyond the introductory level" and why
are these courses considered upper level?
- What courses provide a summary of the program
and give direction for further study in this field?
- Are the courses included in this minor presently
in the curriculum or are new courses needed? List all new
- How does this minor contribute to the future
employability of the student?
- Does your department plan to accept transfer
courses to qualify for part of this minor? If so, how many?
- What plans have you made to evaluate the
success of your minor curriculum?
- Describe the departmental planning process
for this minor.
If you have questions, contact Jan Garfield, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or your Curriculum Committee departmental