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Core Course Designation

Application Process

Following is the process by which courses are officially designated as fulfilling core learning outcomes requirements in the core curriculum.

  1. Core Course Designation Application completed by instructor (one designated instructor for courses with multiple instructors)
  2. Review by the applicant's department.
  3. Review by committee of the core curriculum.
  4. Recommendation of core designation by committee of the core to the Dean of College

Note: This application process is for core course designation of existing Saint Anselm College courses. Proposed new courses must first be approved as an official course by the college following the usual procedure (department, to Dean to subcommittee, to curriculum committee) before applying for core course designation.

Application Submission and Deadlines

The committee of the core accepts department-approved applications at any time throughout the academic year, but does not guarantee the review of applications for a particular meeting if they are received less than one week before the scheduled meeting time. Spring 2017 meeting dates:

• January 25
• February 8
• February 22
• March 1
• March 15
• March 29
• April 19
• May 3

Please submit one digital copy and one printed copy with signature of department chair of each application to Jane Vendituoli, Faculty Assistant for the Core Curriculum.

Jane T. Vendituoli
Humanities Office, Box 1724
100 Saint Anselm Drive
Manchester, NH 03102-1310
Phone: (603) 641-7720

Application Forms

Review application tips and examples. Tips from the committee of the core (PDF/100KB). Example applications: HI199 (PDF/470KB), BI345 (PDF/480KB)

Print and review Core Course Designation Policies and Procedures (PDF/268KB). Last revised January 2017. 

Download template for learning outcome - revised May 2014 (dot/100KB)

(Optional) Provide feedback for specific learning outcomes (DOT/84KB). Note: this feedback will be used to inform the faculty drafting committees that will be responsible for future revisions of the learning outcomes.

Find additional information about Writing Intensive courses on College Writing for Faculty.

Non-Equivalent Transfer Courses

Approval Process:

  • Department chairs may recommend to the Committee of the Core non-equivalent transfer courses for core designation(s). Recommendations should be made with a completed non-equivalent transfer application form (DOT/95KB) and course syllabus attached.
  • The Committee of the Core will review each recommended non-equivalent transfer course and vote on whether to apply the recommended core designation(s). 


  • Core designation recommendations should be based on the department chair's review of a course description and course syllabus.
  • Recommendations may be made for reasons such as the transfer course fulfills a function similar to ours at the other institution (i.e. fulfills a core requirement in a comparable area), or the transfer course appears to meet the general intention of a Saint Anselm College learning outcome.
  • As with core designation of Saint Anselm College courses, core designation of non-equivalent transfer courses is tied to a course, not an individual transfer student. All students with the same transfer course will receive the same core credit(s).
  • This policy does not apply to Writing Intensive courses.

List of Approved Core Courses

A complete list of approved core courses is available from the Guide to the Core Curriculum.

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