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 and should proceed only with the approval of the department chair. Contact the Director of Essential Studies with any questions.
- When finalized at the department, a validation request will need to be submitted.
- The request form allows you to check which type of course you are validating (e.g., Breadth of Knowledge, Special Emphasis, Capstone) as well as what learning goal the course is intended to meet and what dimensions of the learning goal rubrics will be met.
- You will be asked to attach a syllabus for the course.
- You will also be asked a series of questions related to how the course meets the criteria
you have selected either for breadth of knowledge, special emphasis, or both as well
as how the learning goal you have selected is assessed in the course. You can see
the full survey and all questions here. Please keep in mind that you will not see
most of these as the survey uses display logic and will only show you the questions
relevant the choices you indicate for your course. Please see the specifics on all
requirements posted below.
- See full survey
- Submit validation request
- Upon approval by the ES Committee, the validation request will appear on an upcoming agenda of the University Senate, at which final approval will occur.
- 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 a 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
- Information Literacy
It must also fit into one of the following: