- Course Validation
- Course Revalidation
- Course Development
- ES Committee
- Syllabus Language
Use this procedure for first-time approval of an Essential Studies course.
- Proposals to add a course to the ES program are initiated at the department level. Consultation on ES course development is available through the ES Office.
- When finalized at the department, the formal request for validation is brought to the ES Committee for review and approval. Validation forms are submitted via the links found below.
- If approved, the course becomes part of ES at the start of the next academic year.
The deadline for submission of requests for the validation of ES courses is December 1 each year. The ES Committee's review period for such requests will be from the point of submission until the end of January. If approved by the ES Committee, the validated course will appear in the course catalog, which is posted in March of the same academic year, in time for advisement for the spring registration period.
To be part of the ES program, a course will:
- Focus on student learning in at least one of the six ES learning goals: Critical Inquiry and Analysis, Quantitative Reasoning, Written Communication, Oral Communication, Intercultural Knowledge & Skills, and Information Literacy.
It must also fit into one of the following:
- A Breadth of Knowledge area only:
- Social Science
- Fine Arts
- Math, Science, & Technology
In this case use the validation form found here: Breadth of Knowledge Validation
- A Breadth of Knowledge area AND a Special Emphasis area. The Breadth of Knowledge areas are as above; the Special Emphasis areas are:
- Advanced Communication
- The Diversity of Human Experience
- Analyzing Worldview
- Quantitative Reasoning
In this case use the validation form found here: Breadth of Knowledge/Special Emphasis Validation