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Course Management Course Proposal Guidance for Directors of Undergraduate or Graduate Studies

 

After the department or program administrator has completed the Course Proposal form in Course Management and entered the course proposal into the Course Management system (with the attached course syllabus and, if necessary, the instructors C.V.), the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the department or program is required to review the course proposal and provide approval at the program level on the Proposal (further guidance will be posted shortly).

Please note that the Director of Undergraduate Studies (and, in some cases, the Director of Graduate Studies) may receive multiple emails about a particular course proposal as it moves through the various stages of workflow in the system. If you have questions at any stage about how to manage a course proposal, please contact the administrative staff of the Committee on Instruction at cc-gs-courses@columbia.edu.

To submit approval at the program level, the Director of Undergraduate or Graduate Studies should be ready to confirm the following information:

Curricular Planning

Please indicate if the course fulfills any of the department’s curricular planning statement categories, as outlined by the Arts and Sciences:

Required

If the course must be taken by any student to fulfill a requirement for a program (undergraduate majors, majors in other departments, M.A. programs, PhD. programs), without exception.

Elective

If the course can be taken by any student to fulfill a requirement in a program (undergraduate majors, M.A. programs, Ph.D. programs), but is not required.

Consider For

  • Global Core
    The instructor would like for this course to be considered by the Committee on the Global Core as one that will fulfill one-half of the two-semester global core requirement.

  • Science Requirement
    The instructor would like for this course to be considered by the Committee on Science Instruction as one that would fulfill one-half of the two-semester science requirement.

  • UG Language
    The instructor would like for this course to be considered by the Committee on Instruction as one that would fulfill part of the undergraduate language requirement.

Confirmation of Departments Consulted

Indicate here which departments have been consulted about the course (if any). If the course is required for students in a different department from the offering department, if it is being team-taught by faculty from different departments, or if it is jointly offered by two or more departments, then all relevant departments must have been consulted and their approval obtained before the course proposal is submitted to the COI.

Approval Online Signature

Only the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), Director of Graduate Studies (DGS), or department chair/program director can submit approval for the form in order to move the form forward for consideration by the Committee on Instruction (COI). By signing this form, the Director of Undergraduate Studies/Director of Graduate Studies/chair/program director indicates that the department faculty have approved this course as one that fulfills a need within the department and is in keeping with the curricular goals of the department.