Course Proposals

Proposals are invited each semester for potential designation in a theme area to begin within one calendar year.  Please check with the Director of the University Core Curriculum for specific due dates.

Theme Area Course Proposals

It is required in the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts and recommended for all other baccalaureate-granting schools that faculty wishing to propose courses first obtain approvals from their respective department chairs and deans.

All courses are reviewed by the University Core Theme Areas committee, which makes a recommendation to the University Provost.

Once a course is approved for a theme area, the designation remains on the course indefinitely (at the discretion of the academic department in which it is offered).

To propose a course, please click on the link to the Word document provided below, and follow the instructions.

Proposal Form - Theme Area Course

Additional Resources:

Syllabus Check List
Theme Area - Creative Arts
Theme Area - Faith and Reason
Theme Area - Global Diversity
Theme Area - Social Justice

Writing Intensive Course Proposals

The intention of the writing-intensive requirement is for students to build on the college writing skills learned in the English composition courses (UCOR 101 and 102) and to develop advanced writing abilities in order to communicate with the general society as well as with professionals within their major field of study. In order to graduate, a student must have completed a minimum of three Writing-Intensive courses (WIC) beyond the two-semester University Core writing sequence. At least one of the courses must be taken in the student's major field during undergraduate course work.


  1. At least one-third of the final grade in each WIC must be based upon students' written work. This component of the final grade is based on multiple assignments spanning the semester.
  2. Instructors of WICs are encouraged to have students produce written work typical of the discipline of the course. Such writing assignments may include, but are not limited to, research papers, "white papers," interpretive papers, case studies, position papers, critical analyses, proposals, grant applications, reports, lesson plans with justifications, synthesis projects, scientific journal articles, medical documents, business letters and memoranda, editorials, literature reviews, reviews of performances or exhibits, book reports, and reflections on Service-Learning.
  3. Students are to receive timely feedback on their writing so that they can revise their assignments. Instructors should emphasize the importance of revision by grading written work holistically, taking into consideration the writing process as a whole.
  4. WIC instructors are expected to spend some time teaching writing conventions particular to their disciplines and articulating expectations for written work relevant to the overall learning outcomes of the course. For example, students may be asked to do pre-writing exercises, analyze and discuss written work, and/or evaluate their peers' or their own writing using grading guides such as checklists or rubrics.
  5. The University Writing Center Director, the Director of First-Year Writing, and the Center for Teaching Excellence will provide assistance to instructors of Writing-Intensive courses who seek to incorporate writing more effectively into their classes and to build upon the skills students have learned in the University Core writing classes.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the writing-intensive requirement, students are able to

  1. Produce writing that demonstrates critical reading of texts and an awareness of audience at an advanced
  2. undergraduate level;
  3. Write according to the conventions and in the various genres of their discipline;
  4. Demonstrate the ability to consult and learn from writing resources and to revise their own work with an understanding of the characteristics of quality writing, especially writing within their field of study;
  5. Adhere to University and school/College policies on academic integrity and incorporate sources responsibly into their writing by consistently using the appropriate professionally-sanctioned citation and documentation format

To propose a course, please click on the link to the Word document provided below, and follow the instructions. Thank you for your support of the University Core Curriculum!

Writing Intensive Course Proposal Form