A cohesive combination of courses, including introductory, intermediate, and advanced course work, that designates a student's primary areas of specialization. Majors are designated on university transcripts. The offering of a new major requires approval by the Board of Trustees and the Board of Higher Education.
A subdivision of a major in which there are specific requirements. Sequences of the same major generally share a common core within a major. Sequences are designated on university transcripts. The offering of a new sequence needs approval beyond the University Curriculum Committee.
A subdivision of a major without specific requirements that is provided for advisement only. All informal curricular recommendations made by departments or schools (such as emphases, tracks, areas of study, specializations, etc.) should be entitled concentrations. Concentrations are advisory only and do not appear on university transcripts; no approval process is required.
A combination of courses designed to provide a cohesive introduction to an area of study beyond the major. Minors are designated on university transcripts. The offering of a new minor needs approval beyond the University Curriculum Committee (Academic Senate and the Provost).
An Integrated degree program (BA/MA or BS/MS) allows students to complete an undergraduate and graduate degree, in the same disciplinary area, within a time frame that may be less than the traditional bachelor’s and master’s program. Students take undergraduate and graduate level courses simultaneously beginning as early as the second semester of their junior year. An integrated degree is normally a five to six year program for currently enrolled Illinois State University students. Students who wish to complete an integrated program will receive both degrees simultaneously upon completion of all program requirements for both degrees. New integrated degree programs need approval beyond the University Curriculum Committee (Graduate Curriculum Committee, Academic Senate, Provost, Board of Trustees and the Board of Higher Education).
A regular meeting of students, under faculty guidance, in which each conducts research and exchanges information, problems, and results through informal lectures, reports, and discussion.
Intensive study in a special area of the student's interest under the direction of a qualified member of the faculty. Each individual investigation is to culminate in a comprehensive written report and/or examination and/or artistic project. Independent Study is designated by the number “287” and is offered for one to six credit hours.
A course organized around an identifiable topic or theme. Any subtopic is of sufficient significance to be treated separately as a unit of instruction for an entire semester or term. The content of the course varies by semester. For example, “Topic in Prose Fiction” is a relatively narrow topic that might be offered with significant subtopics (the 19th century novel, narrative theory, history of crime novel …). “Topics in Oceanography,” an academic discipline with department status, is likely too broad, since any course in the department might be viewed as a subtopic.
Topics courses, seminars and other courses are initially approved by the University Curriculum Committee following the procedures for new courses. The approval of new topics, which are decimalizations of the basic course having similar objectives and student outcomes, requires only the approval of the originating department chairperson or school director and University Curriculum Committee Executive Secretary.
Experimental and interdepartmental courses designed to take advantage of the skills of a faculty member who will be at the University for a limited time period, or courses responding to particular short-term interests of students and faculty. Approved for a time period not to exceed three years, or three offerings after the initial offering, whichever occurs first. Selected Studies/Temporary Courses are designated by the numbers 189, 289, or 389. Descriptions of the courses are not in the catalog, but are provided on “Course Finder”. Temporary Courses may not be required as part of any major, minor, or sequence.
Intensive and applied work on special problems in one or more subject areas. Workshop opportunities are provided on special problems not covered in any regular university courses. Workshops are designated by the numbers 193, 293, or 393, and are offered for one to six credit hours. (See Workshop Courses.)
Federal and state-sponsored (or similar) short-term programs requiring treatment of subject matter of a special nature, often for special groups. Institutes are designated by the number 397. (See Institutes.)
Professional Practice consists of one or more credit-generating, academic/career-related, salaried or non-salaried work experiences. Worksites are located on the Illinois State University campus and other agencies and organizations outside the University. Professional Practice courses are designated by the numbers 198, 298, or 398 and are offered for one to sixteen credit hours. Experiences are divided into two types:
Excluded from this definition are programs designed for students pursuing Teacher Education and school administrative programs that follow certification guidelines. Some programs are coordinated by the Office of Clinical Experiences in the College of Education and are governed by state licensure requirements.
Regulations and Functions:
The purpose of a temporary course is to experiment with new content or new approaches, to take advantage of temporary faculty members’ skills, or to accommodate specific short-term interests of students and faculty.
Temporary Courses (‘89s) may be offered for a period not to exceed three years or three offerings after the first offering. No extensions of this time period will be permitted. At the end of the three-year time period, or three offerings, the course will be removed from the list of approved offerings. To be offered again, the course must be approved as a regular offering through the regular curricular process. Workshops (‘93s) and Institutes (397s) are not subject to the three-year limit.
Temporary Courses, Workshops, and Institutes may not be required in the curricular or graduation requirements of majors, minors, or sequences. New course proposals being submitted as part of an academic program must be submitted as regular course proposals. Temporary courses may not be used for Independent Study. Temporary Courses, Workshops, and Institutes will not appear in the Undergraduate Catalog but are listed in the course offerings on Course Finder.
Temporary course proposal forms are available at Curriculum Forms website and after submittal are electronically routed to the UCC Secretary. Temporary courses (89s, 93s, 97s) are not approved through the University Curriculum Committee, however course descriptions will be placed on the two-week circulation. Approved temporary courses are noted in the University Curriculum Committee minutes for purposes of record after technical review and approval by the UCC Executive Secretary. (See Curriculum Flow Chart for Undergraduate Courses.)Graduate-level temporary courses (489, 589) should be directed to the Graduate School.
Interdisciplinary courses are designated as IDS (rather than listing departments/schools in cross-listed courses) and are listed in a separate portion of the Undergraduate Catalog. Interdisciplinary courses offer faculty and students a unique opportunity to synthesize knowledge that spans two or more academic disciplines. Interdisciplinary courses proceed through the regular curriculum process with the Council on General Education approving in lieu of the College Curriculum Committee and the administrator in charge of General Education, approving in lieu of the College Dean, after which the proposal is routed to the UCC Secretary for technical review and approval by the UCC Executive Secretary.
Cross-Listing and “Also offered as . . .” mean that the courses being specified are essentially the same. The statement implies that the curricular committees have determined that the specified courses overlap to a degree that students cannot count both toward graduation. Such courses should be considered to be interchangeable in meeting all requirements. A cross-listed course will be considered as one course regardless of the department or school through which the student registered for the course. This is a general rule that applies to all cross-listed courses taken for any purpose.
If a new course is to be cross-listed with another department or school, the department/school proposing the course is responsible for submitting the course proposal. The department or school in which the course is to be cross-listed must be noted on the proposal form. The proposal will then be routed for approval to all department chairs or school directors, college curriculum committee chairs, and college deans where approval is required. In every case, all involved departments/schools must be represented on the proposal form for the proposed cross listing of a course. Departments or schools wishing to separate cross-listed courses should follow the same procedure.
Distance education, for the purposes of curriculum review and development, is defined as a formal educational process in which the majority of the instruction occurs when student and instructor are not in the same location at the same time. Instruction may be synchronous or asynchronous. Distance education may employ such elements as correspondence study, or audio, video, or computer technologies. Field-based courses such as professional practice courses (198, 298, or 398) are not considered distance education.
When a new distance education course is being planned or when a traditional course is being transformed into a distance format, the department will evaluate the proposals according to the NCA distance education guidelines. Individuals who are preparing a proposal for a new or revised distant education course should answer appropriately where asked if the course will be offered as a distance education course on the “New Course” or “Revise Course” proposal form.
Certain courses in the University are offered on a Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) basis only. Students receive a grade of CR (Credit) or NC (No Credit). The offering of CR/NC courses must be approved through the regular curricular process by the University Curriculum Committee Executive Secretary. Indicate the Credit/No Credit option on the electronic proposal where requested. CR/NC is a grading system used for an entire course.
The Credit/No Credit Student Option (commonly called Pass/Fail and designated CT/NC) is designed to encourage students to enroll in courses they otherwise would not take. A grade of CT is recorded when the grade submitted by the instructor is A, B, or C. A grade of NC is recorded when the grade submitted by the instructor is D or F. Additional information can be obtained in the Undergraduate Catalog. CT/NC is a grading system used for an individual student in an otherwise graded course.
Note: The Credit/No Credit option is not available for any General Education Inner Core or Middle Core courses.
100-199 Lower-division undergraduate courses, primarily for freshmen and sophomores. As a minimum, in this 100-level course, a student can be expected to:
200-299 Upper-division undergraduate courses, primarily for juniors and seniors. A student should normally have completed 45 semester hours before enrolling in a course at this level. As a minimum, in this 200-level course, a student can be expected to:
300-399 Advanced undergraduate courses, open to juniors, seniors and graduate students. A student normally should have completed at least 75 semester hours before enrolling in a course at this level. (See Dual 300-level courses.) As a minimum, in this 300-level course, a student can be expected to:
300-level course proposals are typically undergraduate offerings. Therefore, the primary responsibility for course proposals at this level rests with the University Curriculum Committee. Graduate students may receive graduate credit for 300-level courses only when the course has been approved by the Graduate School. For further information review the Graduate Curriculum Committee Guidelines. Any changes suggested by the Graduate Curriculum Committee must also be approved by the University Curriculum Committee Executive Secretary. Approval procedures for 300-level course proposals are as follows:
Proposals are submitted on the undergraduate “New Course” or “Revise Course” or Delete Course” proposal forms. If a 300-level course is to be considered for graduate credit, answer appropriately on the course proposal where asked if the course is being proposed or is currently offered for graduate credit. After approval by the appropriate College Curriculum Committee and College Dean, the proposal will be routed for review by the University Curriculum Committee Executive Secretary. After approval by the University Curriculum Committee Executive Secretary, dual 300-level course proposals will be routed to the Graduate School for consideration by the Graduate Curriculum Committee.
A course approved by the University Curriculum Committee Executive Secretary is reviewed next by the Graduate Curriculum Committee. If the course is disapproved for graduate credit by the Graduate Curriculum Committee, the department or school may consider the following alternatives:
Students with a B.S. must have one additional science, mathematics, statistics, and/or technology (SMT) course (beyond the General Education requirements) which must meet three criteria: (a) courses must be three semester hours or greater; (b) courses must list specific prerequisites from mathematics, or natural science, or approved natural science alternative courses, or courses in the quantitative reasoning category; and (c) course content must be mathematical, scientific, and/or technological, and must constitute a significant extension of the courses that count as prerequisites.
To submit an existing course for consideration as an approved SMT course, provide a description of how the course meets the criteria above and provide a complete and current syllabus for the course to the UCC Secretary by October 1. SMT consideration may also be requested at the same time a new course is being proposed by selecting the appropriate response on the proposal form and by providing a description of how the course meets the SMT criteria.
Students complete at least one course in AMALI course (that is, cultures and traditions of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America or Indigenous Peoples of the World), which must meet the following criteria: (a) the course focuses primarily upon facets of specific cultures from these regions or these cultures in general (a minimum of 75% of the course content must deal directly with the culture(s) from these regions); (b) exploration of the culture(s) is developed in a comparative perspective which helps the student understand and appreciate differences between culture(s) under consideration and American culture; and (c) the course includes exposure to primary writings and artifacts from the culture(s).
To submit an existing course for consideration as an approved AMALI course, prepare a request that includes a description of how the course meets the AMALI criteria above and a complete and current course syllabus for the course by October 1. If the course has previously been approved for credit as a part of the General Education program, deliver this request to the General Education Office, for review by the Council on General Education. If the course is not part of the General Education program, deliver this request to the UCC Secretary (Moulton 101C) for review by the University Curriculum Committee.
Please indicate on online course proposal form if you wish to submit a new course for consideration as an approved AMALI course.
Variable-hour courses are those courses that have a range of possible credit hour options. For example, the University-wide listing of course numbers includes Professional Practice courses (198, 298, 398) that may be used by any department or school that wishes to offer a Professional Practice experience for their students. These courses are established for variable credit hours (1-16). After the course has gone through the curricular process (a proposal approved by the department chair/school director, Director of Professional Practice and UCC Executive Secretary) the department will establish the range of credit hours for that particular semester, as long as it does not go over the range of hours for which the course was initially approved. All versions of the x98 courses (including any decimalizations) can be established with variable hours so that the department or school has control over the number of hours for which a student enrolls in a given semester. (See Professional Practice: 198, 298, 398 under Definitions of Course Formats.)
Another type of variable credit course is STT 399 Student Teaching. To use this course, a department or school does not send through a proposal, they request a decimalization of STT 399 from the University Curriculum Committee Secretary in Moulton 101C, 438-3183 and supply a syllabus (See “Decimalized Courses” under Definition of Course Formats). Students will register for the number of hours that the department or school has established within the range for student teaching which is 1-16 hours.
Variable credit courses are repeatable for credit up to the number of hours shown in the catalog. The student will be graded each time they take the course. These courses do not fall under the “Repeat Policy” where a student can retake a course for a better grade. Under normal circumstances, a student will not be able to use the “may be repeated” type of course to replace a grade. If the department chair or school director deems it necessary for a student to repeat a variable credit course for a new grade, the department chair or school director, or their designee, will need to send a request to the University Registrar.
When a topics course is proposed, the “base course” in the catalog will say “May be repeated if topic is different.” Each decimalization (or new topic) of the topics course is not repeatable for credit.
Undergraduate programs are governed by Policy 2.1.9, Baccalaureate Degree Programs, which sets certain limits on what may be required. Please refer to the section “Requirements and Limitations for Degree Programs, Majors, Minors, and Semester Hours Mandated by a Major Department” in Policy 2.1.9 for information on hour limits and other program requirements.