Guidelines for Liberal Studies Course Proposals

  • Course Proposal Content Guidelines

    Wherever appropriate to the course content, courses in the Liberal Studies curriculum should:

    • provide course content that addresses issues of diversity, including the contributions of ethnic and racial minorities and of women
    • address critical-thinking and scholarly discourse
    • require the reading and use by students of at least one non-textbook work of fiction or nonfiction or a collection of related articles

    Additionally, all courses in the Liberal Studies Curriculum must:

    • be distinguished from technical courses designed primarily for majors
    • be distinguished from professional or preprofessional courses
    • be distinguished from courses that are designed primarily for the needs of beginning majors and which presume the taking of additional course work in that discipline
    • be distinguished from remedial courses
    • address (for multiple sections of the same course) how a basic equivalency will be achieved to enable all sections to meet common student learning outcomes and course content

    Faculty and Department Commitment to Liberal Studies

    Individual faculty and academic departments offering courses in IUP’s Liberal Studies program must commit to the following:

    • sustaining the course content set out in the original course proposal in such a way that the course will continue to meet the course outcomes outlined in the approved course syllabus and the primary Expected Student Learning Outcomes set forth in the course criteria
    • participating in the Liberal Studies Committee’s periodic review of Liberal Studies courses
    • addressing the teaching of Liberal Studies courses in departmental five-year reviews

    Next:  Liberal Studies Approval for Courses