Subcommittee Polices & Procedures

  1. Subcommittees are appointed by the Chair. Persons who are not members of the Curriculum Committee may occasionally be asked to serve on a subcommittee.

  2. Standing subcommittees on Procedures, Course Review, and Core Curriculum deal with matters in their respective areas on an on-going basis. In addition, ad hoc subcommittees for specific purposes may be appointed by the Chair at any time.

  3. The Curriculum Committee Representative or subcommittee studying a proposal will meet with the author(s) of the proposal and with all other parties affected in any way by the proposal. Members of the college administration are also available to assist the subcommittee.

  4. Where appropriate, the representative or subcommittee should assess the academic soundness of a proposal as it relates to the goals of the department in which it is to be implemented and to the goals and academic standards of the college.

  5. Due regard must be given to the prerogatives of the academic departments. Proposals should be checked against current catalog listings for possible duplications. The content of a course should fall within the purview of the department in which it is to be implemented. Where doubt exists, the Chairs of all affected departments should be consulted and their approval or objectives noted. Proposal authors and all other interested parties should be notified when the date is set for action on the proposal on the floor of the Committee.

  6. The representative or subcommittee assigned to a proposal should pay particular attention to the items below as they relate to the proposal under consideration.

    1. The difference between a minor and a concentration. With rare exceptions, courses in a minor are taken outside the major department. Courses comprising a concentration, however, are generally taken within the major department, but may include courses from other departments as well. Each student in a B.A. program is required to complete a minor, and some B.S. programs may also require a minor. Concentrations (where available) may be elected in any degree program. The number of courses in a concentration is determined by the major department; the total cannot exceed the maximum required for the major. Majors, minors, and concentrations must be clearly differentiated in the proposal. Finally: although courses in a minor may occasionally be applied to a concentration, the reverse is generally not possible.

    2. The use(s) of new or existing courses should be clearly defined in the proposal, with justification where appropriate. Support courses are high-priority required courses taken outside the major department. Recommended courses may be drawn from any department, including the major, but are not required. Courses used as distribution electives must fit the rubic of general education, and inclusion of a course in one or another of the distribution areas is never automatic, regardless of the department offering the course. Courses designed for specific skill development do not qualify for distribution credit. If necessary, the Standing Subcommittee on Course Review may be asked to make a recommendation on the proposed use. A course approved for use as a distribution elective will be assigned to only one distribution area. Where appropriate, distribution electives may be applied to a minor.
    3. A department may not specify (i.e., require) the distribution electives taken by its majors.

  7. If a proposal is scheduled for debate and no member of the appropriate subcommittee is present, debate will be postponed. However, if the recommendations of the subcommittee are available in written form, these may be presented to the Committee by the Chair or by any Committee member present.