Academic Core Curriculum

Read more on the Core Curriculum and in our Guide to the Core Curriculum.

Academic Honesty

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  • College Learning Outcomes
  • Applications & Procedures for Core Courses

    Application Core

    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. Please check back for a full list of Fall 2017 meeting dates.

    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
    E-mail: jvendituoli@anselm.edu

    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/28KB) 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).

    List of Approved Core Courses

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

  • Conversion to Credits
  • Course, Minor, and Major Proposals

    New Course Proposals

    New course 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 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. Submit proposals to Valerie Diaz. 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 minors the semester after final approval is received.

    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 Minor Proposals

    New 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 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. Submit proposals to Valerie Diaz. 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. Once approved, new minor proposals are then sent to the Faculty Senate for its approval. Students may be accepted into new minors the semester after final approval is received.

    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 Valerie Diaz.

    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.

  • Writing Intensive Designation

    Visit the College Writing Program for more information including the Writing Intensive Application and Procedures.