Courses

Credit Hour Compliance

Credit Hour Policy

All courses must comply with the WASC Credit Hour Policy located on the Sr. Vice Provost for Academic Affairs' web page under Resources and Policies.

Syllabi

The College of Arts and Sciences requires syllabi for all courses taught at USF:

Article 19.2.5
The student shall receive from his or her instructor during the first week of class a written outline of the work and research expected of the course in which the student is enrolled; such an outline, which shall not be used for purposes of evaluation by the University, shall include term papers and research papers of substantial proportions, and the approximate date on which such assignments are due.

PDF iconCourse Syllabus Guidelines 

Fall 2017 Course Syllabi Templates can be found on the CTE Faculty Lounge site. 

Proposal Process for New Courses or Changes in Courses

  • Helpful guidelines for your New/Change Course Proposal
  • New/Change in Course Approval Process Flowchart
  • Course Title Guidelines
  • Course Description Guidelines
  • Course Numbering Guidelines - COMING SOON
  • Guidelines for Supporting Interdisciplinarity - COMING SOON
  • Directed Studies Guidelines
  • Directed Study Registration Form (for student use)
  • Special Topics Guidelines  - COMING SOON
  • Preview of the NCCP: New Course Proposal
  • Preview of the NCCP: Change in Course Proposal
  • New/Change in Course Proposal »
  • Core A-F Designations

    1. Review the list of Core Learning Outcomes, found here.
    2. Review the Core Breadth Requirement, found here.
    3. Review the Core Turf Policy, found here.
    4. Submit the New/Change in Course Proposal Form; be sure to address the ways in which the relevant Core Learning Outcomes will be addressed in the proposed course, how achievement of these outcomes will be assessed, and how the Breadth Requirement for Core courses will be met. 
    5. Refer to the New/Change in Course Approval Process for more information
    6. For more information, see the Core Advisory Committee page.
    7. For examples of exemplary syllabi with Core designations, click your desired designation in the following list: A1 Public Speaking | C1 Literature | F Visual/Performing Arts

    Cultural Diversity Designation

    1. Review the Cultural Diversity Learning Outcomes, found here.
    2. Submit the New/Change in Course Proposal form.
    3. Upload the course syllabus via the NCCP form above. Please ensure the course syllabus includes an explanation of how the course will meet the Cultural Diversity Learning Outcomes. 
    4. See the College Curriculum Committee page for more information.
    5. For examples of exemplary syllabi with Cultural Diversity designations, click here - COMING SOON

    Service Learning Course Designation

    1. Review the Service Learning Outcomes, found here.
    2. Submit the New/Change in Course Proposal form.
    3. Upload the syllabus via the NCCP form above. Please ensure the course syllabus includes an explanation of how the course will meet the learning outcomes for Service Learning. 
    4. See the College Curriculum Committee page for more information.
    5. For examples of exemplary syllabi with Service Learning designations, click here - COMING SOON

    First Year Seminar/Transfer Year Seminar Designation

    First-Year and Transfer-Year Seminars are courses that meet all of the Core course requirements, and pass individually through the NCCP: New Course Approval Process described above.  Once the course is approved by the Area Associate Dean, the Core Area Committee, and the CAS Dean, it will be passed to the FYS Committee Chair for review and approval by the FYS Committee.  Courses submitted for the FYS Program should address the following questions:

    1. Is the proposed course designed for First-Year students: Are the readings and assignments pitched to the right level?  Is the workload appropriate? 

    2. Does the course have a mentoring component: How does the faculty intend to develop a mentoring relationship beyond the academic concerns of the course?   Does the syllabus include a statement on achieving the mentoring objective? 

    3. Does the course have a San Francisco Bay Area community component: What course requirements will serve to introduce the student to some aspect of Bay Area culture, politics, history, ecology, geology, etc.?  How will the course assist students in accessing valuable community resources, for instance, through field trips or guest speakers?

    Additional information and sample syllabi can be found in the FYS Handbook.

    Course Inactivation and Reactivation

    If a department wishes to inactivate OR reactivate a course at any time, the Chair or Program Director should fill out the Course Inactivation/Reactivation Form

    The Course Inactivation/Reactivation Form is used to place a course on "inactive status" (i.e. has not been offered in an extended period of time), or to "reactivate" an already approved course that was previously placed on inactive status. 

    Please NOTE that if the department/program wishes to change course content or learning outcomes for an inactive course they are proposing to reactivate, they must also complete the New/Change in Course Proposal form after submitting the Course Inactivation/Reactivation Form and receiving approval for course reactivation.

    Contact Us

    Office of Academic Effectiveness
    College of Arts & Sciences

    Harney Science Center, 143

    Associate Dean for Academic Effectiveness
    Suparna Chakraborty

    Academic Assistant Dean
    Joshua Gamson
    gamson@usfca.edu

    Academic Data and Assessment Analyst
    Corie Schwabenland
    (415) 422-4285
    ceschwabenland@usfca.edu