Courses with Topic Titles
A topics course is an umbrella designation used for courses that vary significantly from semester to semester within a particular area of study. The subject is usually offered one time only. The course may be used, for example, by a qualified visiting instructor to present a subject or by an academic unit to introduce a course on an experimental basis, before seeking permanent approval.
It is appropriate to use a topics number for a course taught so infrequently that it is impractical to have its own course number. (If a course is taught more than twice every five years, it should have its own number.)
Each semester the course is offered, the particular topic should be added to the title. The topic will appear on the student’s transcript.