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Course Approval Requests


Faculty who wish to submit a course for approval to fulfill a University Studies requirement should submit their proposal through Curriculog, which is available in the University Resources section of the myUMassD portal.

To complete the application, the following items need to be included:

  1. Master Syllabus: In the Supporting Materials section below, there is a template to be used for the Master Syllabus. This annotated template provides extenstive instructions on how to complete each section of the Master Syllabus.  Though it includes the term "syllabus," the Master Syllabus is more of an application form that explains how the course will meet the University Studies outcomes.
  2. Faculty and Chair Sponsor Sheet: This Sheet describes a set of responsibilities the faculty and chair agree to uphold as part of having an approved University Studies course and requires the signature of the sponsoring faculty and the department chair. Completed Sheets should be scanned and submitted along with the Master Syllabus.

When approval requests are submitted, they will receive a preliminary review by the Director of General Education. Faculty may be contacted by the Director to make changes or provide additional information. Once cleared by the Director, approval requests will be considered for final approval by the General Education Committee.

Please note that new courses or those undergoing a revision requiring regular curriculum approval (changed description, title, number, etc.) need to be submitted into the regular curriculum review process, which is initiated in the department curriculum committee. The University Studies review process is not a substitute for regular curriculum review and approval.

Any questions about the approval process should be sent to the Director of General Education, Doug Roscoe.

Supporting Materials

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