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Course, Interdisciplinary Minor, and Major Proposals

New Course and Interdisciplinary Minor Proposals Overview


New course and  interdisciplinary minor proposals may be submitted to the Office of the Dean of the College twice a year—by October 1 and February 1.  The proposal for a new course or interdisciliplinary minor should be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word document.  Please date the document and if the proposal is revised after its initial submission the date of the revision should be noted in each revised document and submit to Kelly Culhane. Proposals submitted in October will be considered at the November Curriculum Committee meeting. Proposals submitted in February will be considered at the March and/or April Curriculum Committee meeting.

The Dean will create a sub-committee to review each proposal. The Curriculum Committee will vote on the proposals submitted by the Dean. Students may be accepted into new courses and interdisciplinary minors the semester after final approval is received.

New Course Proposals


Because the sample syllabus and narrative are the primary documents that will be used to evaluate course proposals, they should be composed with great care.  Please note that while the issue of audience is significant, courses will not be judged solely on their potential to attract large numbers of students. An educationally valuable course may need time to develop an audience, and it may never attract a large number of students.  Nevertheless, it may be an essential part of the educational experience of those students who do enroll in it.

New Interdisciplinary Minor Proposals


If the new Interdisciplinary Minor  includes one or more new courses, the new course(s) should be submitted with the Interdisciplinary Minor Proposal using the new Course Proposal form.

Please include with the New Interdisciplinary Minor Proposal Form a narrative that presents an educational justification for the minor and addresses the issues of resources and audience.

The narrative should answer the following questions:

  • How does the Interdisciplinary Minor contribute to the philosophy and mission and vision of Saint Anselm College?
  • What material resources will be needed for the Minor—library, laboratory, and IT resources?
  • What effect will the Interdisciplinary Minor have on faculty workloads in the departments contributing to the Minor?
  • How many currently enrolled students are likely to enroll in the Minor?
  • How will this Interdisciplinary Minor contribute to the college’s goal of attracting academically talented students?

New Major or Program Proposals


New Major Proposals may be submitted at any time. Before they can be offered, new majors must be approved by the Curriculum Committee, Faculty Senate, and Board of Trustees. The Trustees meet in October, February, and June. Proposals approved by the Curriculum Committee and Senate by February will be forwarded to the Board of Trustees for consideration at its February meeting. Proposals approved by the Curriculum Committee and Senate by May will be forwarded to the Trustees for consideration at its June meeting. Majors approved in June will not be included in the College Catalog for the upcoming academic year, since May 1 is the deadline for submitting copy for the new catalogue. Also, it may be challenging to provide complete information about majors approved in June at the June New Student Advising sessions. New Major Proposals which begin but do not complete the Curriculum Committee and Senate approval process by May will be carried over for review in September and/or October. If approved by both bodies by October, the proposal will be forwarded to the Trustees for consideration at its October meeting.

The Proposal for a New Major should be submitted electronically as a Word document. Please date the document and if the proposal is revised after its initial submission the date of the revision should be noted in each revised document. Submit to Kelly Culhane.

The proposal should address the six criteria listed in Part A of the Guidelines for Developing a New Major. It should also include the four elements listed in Part B and include a letter or memo of support from the Office of Admission.

 If the new major includes new courses, the new courses should be submitted with the New Major Proposal, using the New Course Proposal Form.