Courses

Here your will find information on course designations and links to resources for proposing a new course or change to an existing course.

Propose new courses or changes to existing courses

As of July 15, 2018, proposals for new courses and programs, as well as proposals for changes to existing courses and programs, will be made through the online curriculum management system Curriculog. See the myUSF Curriculog page for more information.

For an overview of how courses are reviewed and approved, and by whom, visit the curriculum review process page.

Basic course numbering standards can be found in the USF Catalog. Please keep in mind that only course numbers that have been inactive (i.e., no students have taken the course under that number) for at least ten years can be re-used.

Course Title and Description Guidelines

Develop or revise a syllabus

For guidance on what should be included in your syllabi, see:

Propose a course for USF’s Core Curriculum

  1. Review the Loading....
    Consider how your course will address and assess the particular outcomes for the Core designation you are proposing. You’ll need this for your Core designation proposal.
  2. Review the Core Breadth Requirement.
    Consider how your course will meet this requirement. You’ll need this for your Core designation proposal.
  3. Review the Core Turf Policy.
    Be sure your course falls within that policy.
  4. Learn more about the Core Advisory Committee.
    They oversee Core designations.
  5. Submit a proposal for a new or change in course through Curriculog.

Propose a course for USF’s Community Engaged Learning (CEL) designation

  1. Note: The CEL graduation requirement will replace the Service Learning graduation requirement beginning in Fall 2019. Review the Community Engaged Learning outcomes and dimensions. Consider how your course will address and assess these outcomes and dimensions. You’ll need this for your CEL designation proposal and syllabus.
  2. If you like, learn more about the Community Engaged Learning Committee, which oversees CEL designations until Fall 2019.
  3. Submit a proposal for a new or change in course through Curriculog.

Propose a First-Year Seminar (FYS) or Transfer-Year Seminar (TYS)

First-Year and Transfer-Year Seminars are courses designed only for first-year and transfer students, capped at 16 students, and have a course stipend. They meet a Core requirement and are also reviewed and approved by the FYS Committee.

To propose a FYS or TYS:

  1. Review the FYS Handbook.
  2. View descriptions of recent FYS/TYS courses.
  3. Consider how your course addresses the following following questions:
    • Is the proposed course designed for First-Year students: Are the readings and assignments pitched to the right level? Is the workload appropriate?
    • 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?
    • 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?
  4. Submit a proposal for a new or change in course through Curriculog.
    In addition to the FYS/TYS designation, your proposal should include a Loading....

For more information on FYS or TYS contact Jeffrey Paris, paris@usfca.edu