Proposing New Courses & Changing Existing Courses
This document explains the process for proposing a new course and requesting changes to existing courses.
OverviewNew course proposals and requests to change existing courses move sequentially through three governance bodies: a department committee overseeing curriculum, a school / college curriculum committee, and the University Curriculum Committee. After a proposal has been submitted and department approval is indicated in the online course proposal system, the Letters & Science Curriculum Committee will review the course. The L&S Curriculum Committee and the Dean must approve all new courses and course changes in L&S departments. After the L&S Curriculum Committee indicates approval online, the University Curriculum Committee is notified the course is ready for review.
Course proposals must be submitted through the online course proposal system.
Liberal Arts and Science Courses
In addition to reviewing course proposals for all departments and centers in the College of Letters & Science, the L&S Curriculum Committee reviews all university courses requesting the L&S breadth designations. The committee also reviews proposals from non-L&S departments seeking approval for "Liberal Arts and Science" (LAS) credit. Requests for breadth and LAS designations should include an explanatory memo describing how the course meets L&S "Criteria for Liberal Arts and Science Courses" or to consider the question, "What is the most appropriate breadth designation for a course my department is proposing? ". (The online course proposal system gives the opportunity for proposers to attach additional material). The committee assumes that courses taught in L&S departments serve a role in the liberal arts and sciences, so LAS credit is assumed; however, there may be some courses for which the department may deem that designation inappropriate; please feel free to contact the committee chair or Elaine Klein (elaine.klein(at)wisc.edu) with questions.
- How much lead time is needed to implement a new course, or to a change to an existing course?
- When does the L&S Curriculum Committee meet? What are the deadlines? Whom do I contact about agenda items?
- L&S Undergraduate Directed/Independent Study Course Guidelines
- Curriculum Committee Consultation on Curricular and Policy Matters
- Curricular Changes in the College of Letters & Science
- Curricular Resources