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Core Curriculum

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Course Submission Procedures

The procedures for submitting courses to the Core Curriculum Committee depend on the nature of the approval sought. However, all course proposals submitted to the Core Curriculum Committee must be approved by the department chairperson and the school Dean. 

Faculty and department chairpersons should check deadline dates for submission, which vary yearly. If proposals reach the committee after the deadline date, approved courses cannot be included in registration materials, university catalogues, etc.  Proposals not submitted by the deadline date will not be considered by the university wide Core Curriculum Committee until the next approval period.

A course approved for the core curriculum satisfies gen ed requirements for students taking the course that semester and in the future. It does not confer retroactive gen ed credit.

Each school has in place its own curriculum committee.  In some cases, faculty will submit materials to those committees as instructed by their school Dean. Those school-specific deadlines, forms and procedures vary, and are not addressed in this document.

Procedures for submitting courses for general education status

  1. Gain approval of department chairperson and school dean. These signatures must be on the form.
  2. Submit Viterbo University course approval form to the director of general education.

Core Curriculum Committee response

The committee will vet the proposal and communicate its decision in writing to the applicant, department chairperson, appropriate school dean, and registrar. The gen ed director may recommend that the application be revised and resubmitted.

Procedures for submitting courses for diversity and/or environmental studies overlay (2010 catalog and before)

  1. Gain approval of department chairperson and school dean.  These signatures must be on the form.
  2. Submit Viterbo University course approval form to the director of general education by the deadline date.  You may omit Section II on core abilities.
  3. In the rationale Section IV of the form, summarize how the course satisfies the overlay requirements listed below, referring to specific student assignments

For diversity overlay, the course is part of:

  • Multicultural Studies minor course
  • Core course in Women’s Studies minor
  • Study abroad outside the U.S.
  • Foreign language
  • Approved courses in which a majority of the content is concerned with minority and/or marginal groups.
  • A major curriculum that demonstrates a significant integrated diversity component may satisfy 3 credits of the diversity requirement.

For environmental studies overlay, the course:

  • Cultivates personal awareness and understanding of environmental problems and their implications for life.
  • Helps students understand their stewardship responsibilities.
  • Prepares students to address environmental concerns in their professional lives.

Core Curriculum Committee response

The committee will vet the proposal and communicate its decision in writing to the department chairperson, appropriate school dean, and registrar. The gen ed director may recommend that the application be revised and resubmitted.

Procedures for submitting courses for general education and interdisciplinary minors (women’s studies, environmental studies, multicultural studies)

  1. Gain approval of department chairperson and the school dean. These signatures must be on the form.
  2. Submit Viterbo University course approval form to the chairperson of the university Core Curriculum Committee by the deadline date. You may omit Section IV on overlays.

Core Curriculum Committee response

Core Curriculum Committee will vet the general education component of the proposal. The committee will communicate its decision in writing to the department chairperson, appropriate school dean, and registrar.  The committee will then forward the proposal to the appropriate interdisciplinary minor committee for approval for the minor.  The course must gain approval of both these committees to gain the full approval for which it was submitted.

Procedures for submitting courses for general education interdisciplinary minors (women’s studies, environmental studies, multicultural studies), and either diversity or environmental overlays

  1. Gain approval of department chairperson and the school dean.  These signatures must be on the form.
  2. Submit Viterbo University course approval form to the chair of the university curriculum committee. Complete the entire form. See specific overlay directions above.

Core Curriculum Committee response

Core Curriculum Committee will vet the overlay and general education components of the proposal. The committee will communicate its decision in writing to the department chairperson, appropriate school dean, and registrar.  The committee will then forward the proposal to the appropriate interdisciplinary minor committee for approval for the minor.  The course must gain approval of both these committees to gain the full approval for which it was submitted.

Procedures for submitting special topics courses

Gain approval of department chairperson and the school dean.  These signatures must be on the form.

Approval of the course itself requires no response from the CCC.

Procedures for submitting special topics courses for general education and/or overlays

  1. Gain approval of department chairperson and the school dean.  These signatures must be on the form.
  2. Submit Viterbo University course approval form to the chair of the university curriculum committee.  Complete section II and III for general education credit. Complete section IV for the appropriate overlay (see directions above).

Core Curriculum Committee response

The Core Curriculum Committee will vet the proposal and communicate its decision in writing to the Academic Vice President for approval to be offered on a one-time basis.

If the faculty and department chairperson decide to offer the course on an ongoing basis after the special topics designation, the faculty member must submit a separate approval form to the curriculum committee.

Course changes that require no approval from the CCC:

  1. Course change in a major or minor that affects another department, but not general education,
  2. New course in a major or minor that does not affect another department or general education,
  3. New programs that are not interdisciplinary in nature.                 
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