New Courses

Development and Approval
of New Graduate Courses

Procedures for Approving New Graduate Courses
(Permanent or Experimental)

These procedures apply to all graduate course proposals.

  1. New course proposals signed by a designated member of the appropriate department or school should be submitted to the Curriculum Committee of the Graduate Council through the Office of the Graduate School. Please use the format below. Send an electronic version of the proposal to the Associate Dean.
  2. The Curriculum Committee of the Graduate Council will either approve, table, or reject the new course and so advise the appropriate department or school.
  3. Copies of the course proposals and changes are forwarded from the Curriculum Committee to the Graduate Council with the understanding that the Graduate Council will formally review courses approved by the Curriculum Committee only if such review is requested by at least two members of the Graduate Council.
  4. However, experimental courses, which are offered for only one semester, must be submitted (only one copy is required) to the Associate Dean of the Graduate School for final approval, which is the responsibility of the Dean of the Graduate School.

Format for Developing New Graduate Course Proposals
(Permanent or Experimental)

New Graduate Course Proposal Template (.doc, 29 KB)
New Graduate Course Proposal Template - Harpur College

  1. Listing:
    1. a. Department/school, course number, title;
      b. Credits (if variable, in what range);
      c. Grading (normal, i.e. A through F; or P/F or S/U);
      d. Precise, brief catalog description, including prerequisites (follow catalog style).
      e. When offered (Fall, Spring or both)
      f. If you want enrollments to be counted for other than your normal department FTE, please enter the HEGIS code.
      g. Is this a fixed course or "topics" course (topics change from semester to semester)?
  2. Reasons: Explain the reasons for the proposal and the relation between this new course and the existing graduate program. If the course has been taught before as an X course, comment on your reasons for wanting to make it permanent.
  3. Currency: Explain the course's relation to recent developments and new theories or knowledge in the field.
  4. Diversity: Explain any relation to cultural diversity, indicating if the course considers various communities or issues of social and cultural difference.
  5. Format: Describe how the class will be taught (seminar/discussion, lecture, laboratory, tutorial, programmed instruction, workshop, distance education, a combination of these).
  6. Budgetary and resource requirements: Describe all new requirements associated with this course in the following areas:
    1. a. Funds
      b. Space and facilities
      c. Staff support
      d. Computers, software, computer time
      e. Laboratory needs
      f. Special scheduling
    2. If the course needs no new resources, please say so. If it requires resources, explain how the department will provide them. Indicate the faculty who are available to teach the course. If they are not tenure/tenure-track faculty, then a justification is needed and the instructor's CV.
  7. Library requirements: Describe any new library services, e.g. online services, databases, or periodicals this course will require, and any area in which the library collections will need enhancement for this course.
  8. Enrollments: Anticipated numbers of students and frequency of offering. Describe the course's relation to requirements of the graduate program, and categories of students who would be likely to take this course.
  9. Interdisciplinary role: How does this course relate to or complement existing courses in other programs? Does this course fill a need in another graduate program? How have you discussed this course with those programs? Please summarize their responses. It may also be appropriate to attach copies of emails indicating who approved and why.
  10. Undergraduate program: Is the course taught simultaneously as an undergraduate and graduate course? If so, what differences will distinguish the graduate version? A graduate course co-taught with an undergraduate course must have significant elements that make it graduate-level (e.g., additional assignments and more rigorous grading). 500-level graduate courses may be approved when co-taught with 400-level courses, but will not be approved co-teaching with 100 to 300 level courses.
  11. Approval: Has the course been approved by the graduate committee of the department or school? Indicate date of approval and chair of committee.