New Major Proposals
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To propose a new major, departments should follow
the procedure listed below.
- Submit a written request to the Academic Affairs
Committee, through the Academic Dean, Caroline Latta, to obtain
an "approval in principle" to begin the proposal process.
- Using the format included below, prepare the
complete proposal to be first submitted to the Curriculum Committee
for review of the curricular structure: major requirements, course
analysis, four year programs, and assessment/evaluation plan.
A representative for the major proposal will be invited to the
Committee to answer questions.
- Once approved by the Curriculum Committee, the
proposal is resubmitted to the Academic Affairs Committee for
further analysis, specifically the availability of student population,
faculty, personnel, and resources needed, and the Curriculum Committee's
recommendation regarding the curriculum.
- For final approval, the proposal is sent on
to the All College Council.
Columbia College Curriculum Committee Review for
following information is needed for the review of a proposed new
- Course titles, descriptions, and syllabi for
all courses proposed for this major. (For new courses include
course outline only if syllabi are not available.)
- A list of major requirements, including core
requirements, concentrations, and suggested departmental electives.
- A projected four-year student program which
includes major, general studies requirements, and electives. (Students
must complete 24 credit hours of general education program requirements
by the time they complete 77 cumulative credit hours)
In addition to providing the information above,
address the following questions in writing for the review.
- Departmental or Major Goals
- What are the educational goals for the proposed
- How do the goals for this new major relate
to the mission of the College?
- Projected Student Population
- Who is your projected student clientele?
How will this major attract new students to the school?
- Give evidence of the need for this program
in the Chicago area.
- If similar programs exist, how is your projected
- What plans do you have for marketing this
- Faculty or Personnel
- What are the faculty requirements for this
new major? Can your present departmental faculty teach and
administer this major, or are additional faculty needed?
- Do the areas of expertise of the present
faculty relate to the projected curriculum ordo present faculty
need to be re-trained?
- Describe the resources required for this
major? (This includes space, equipment, and staff support.)
Are these resources already available or do they need to be
- What is the projected cost for marketing
this new major?
- Is outside funding available for purchase
of equipment, books, or other materials?
- Major Curriculum and Course Analysis
- What is the rationale for the structure
of this major? (Number of courses required,number of electives
suggested, concentrations available, and course sequence suggested.)
- Is there an official organization in your
discipline that specifies or suggests courses to be included
in the undergraduate programs? If so, please append a copy
of these requirements.
- Do courses in other departments appear to
overlap with some of the courses offered in your major? If
so, which ones?
- What courses from other departments are
you planning to include or require in your curriculum?
- What are the preparatory courses in the
major that serve to introduce the student to the program?
- What courses provide a summary to the program
and give direction to the student's projected employment or
further academic study?
- Are the courses included in the major new
ones or are they presently in the curriculum? List all new
- How do the courses in this major prepare
students for immediate employment or further study? How do
the courses prepare students in adjusting to future changes
in the field?
- What opportunities are available for internships
or work study programs in this major?
- How does this major relate to other majors
within the College?
- What plans have you made to evaluate or
assess the success of your curriculum?
Questions approved by Curriculum Committee, Feb.
Questions approved by the Academic Dean, March 3, 1992.
If you have questions, contact Jan Garfield, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or your Curriculum Committee departmental