Supporting Documentation Required for Majors, Options or Minors

(Adds, Changes, Drops)

Submit 1 copy of the Major, Option, or Minor Proposal Form and 2 copies of the supporting documentation to the Curriculum Coordinator at the University Faculty Senate Office, 101 Kern Graduate Building. Prepare documentation in outline format as shown below. For a more detailed explanation, see the Guide to Curricular Procedures. A signed, original Costing Analysis Form must be submitted with the original proposal to add a new major, add an option to an existing major, or add a new minor.

NEW MAJORS, OPTIONS, AND MINORS

  1. Provide a complete set of requirements in the Bulletin format.
    1. Include a description limited to about 200 words, or approximately 15 lines. If there are options (or additional special features, e.g., dual degree programs, cooperative programs such as work study), the description should be limited to an additional 75 words per option. The description should contain objective language, not generalized, colorful, or vague statements that might be ambiguous or misleading. The description should cover the following items: (1) a statement of objectives that describes learning outcomes for the major; (2) fields of study within the major, emphasizing any unique aspects or facilities specifically related to this major; (3) requirements and recommendations or limitations regarding competencies, skills, or abilities needed for admission, retention, transfer, and graduation; and (4) if space remains, a general statement about subsequent academic or professional work possible in the field.
    2. Include total number of credits required for graduation.
    3. Include an arrangement of courses along with the recommended scheduling pattern.
  2. For baccalaureate majors, indicate a minimum of 15 credits in the major that require a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44 (for associate degree majors, indicate a minimum of 7 credits).
  3. Provide a list of new courses to be established as part of the new offering.
  4. In instances where a requirement is selected from a department list, or area, include a copy of the list of courses that are acceptable for meeting the requirement.
  5. Provide an explanation of how the proposal meets the educational objectives and/or strengthens existing programs of the college(s) and the University, and indicate what students may expect to accomplish through the new program.
  6. Provide a justification statement that explains how the proposal fits within the strategic planning goals of the college.
  7. Provide written evidence of consultation with affected units. The consultation may be documented in the form of a grid in the proposal as long as one copy of the actual correspondence is attached to the original proposal.

 

CHANGES IN MAJORS, OPTIONS, AND MINORS

  1. The section that is being revised must be shown as it currently appears in the Bulletin (or most recent revision). If possible, please print the program from the Bulletin. Minor changes may be noted on a photocopy of the existing Bulletin listing; major changes will require retyping of the program.
  2. Provide a list of new courses to be established in the program, provide a list of all changing courses, and provide a list of any courses that are being dropped.
  3. In instances where a requirement is selected from a department list, or area, include a copy of the list of courses that are acceptable for meeting that requirement.
  4. Provide a justification statement that explains the reason for each of the changes. An estimate of expected enrollment and effects, if any, on existing programs should be addressed. Course changes necessitated by the program revision should be submitted simultaneously with the program proposal.
  5. Provide written evidence of consultation with affected units. The consultation may be documented in the form of a grid in the proposal as long as one copy of the actual correspondence is attached to the original proposal.

 

DROPPING OF MAJORS, OPTIONS, AND MINORS

  1. Provide a justification statement that explains the reasons for dropping the major, option, or minor (see Administrative Policy P-4).
  2. Provide written evidence of consultation with affected units. The consultation may be documented in the form of a grid in the proposal as long as one copy of the actual correspondence is attached to the original proposal.