General Education Selected Topics ("190") Courses
General Education selected topics courses were approved by UCC in 2007 (UCC control # 07-78). From the approved proposal:
General Education selected topics courses are designed to provide some flexibility and creativity within the General Education curriculum. Each department that offers General Education "Category" courses may choose to include some of these courses (BIO 190, for example) in its course descriptions.
If you are interested in running a selected topics General Education course, here's what you need to do:
- Get departmental/chair approval. Make sure that your department approves the proposed course and that your chairperson is aware that your department may need to adjust its other General Education offerings accordingly for that semester.
- Notify the GEC faculty co-chair of your intent to offer the course. The GEC will examine the proposal and ensure that the proposed course meets the established learning objectives for the appropriate General Education category. The GEC may also request that the course include assessment to ensure that the course meets these objectives.
- (optional) Attend the GEC meeting where your proposal will be considered. You may want to make yourself available for questions at this meeting. Also, GEC may refer your proposal to UCC if there is significant concern about the appropriateness of course as it relates to General Education.
Consider the following:
- Any General Education special topics course can be offered a maximum of three (3) times. If the department wishes to continue offering the course, it must permanently create the course through the normal UCC process.
- Departments that have offerings in multiple categories (for example, GEO) may choose which category the selected topics course will belong to. The proposal should indicate how the course will meet the objectives of the chosen category.
Click here to see an example
of a successful General Education selected topics proposal. Contact the GEC faculty co-chair if you have any questions.