How do I Submit a New Course Proposal?
  • Choose the New Course Proposal from Registrar’s website, under the academic advising tab.
  • Be sure to complete all the information and submit electronically to the Department Chair.
  • The department chair completes the Support Statement. Once completed they may submit it for approval or return it to the author for revisions.
  • When the chair submits this form it will be emailed directly to the Curriculum Committee secretary.
  • Be sure to print the documents when prompted.
How do I choose a course number?

Numbers cannot be re-used. Department Chairs have a complete list of active and inactive numbers. Consult with Chair or the Registrar’s Office. Curriculum Committee will assign numbers when appropriate.

How do I choose FISHN designations?

Read the descriptions for each of the designations below. More than one designation may be chosen, but you need to be sure that your course fits the definition(s) you chose.

Fine Arts (F): Fine arts courses examine the interaction of elements within art forms, the ways in which these interactions produce artistic expression, and the conventions of the particular artistic disciplines. In these courses, students expand their expressive abilities and/or sharpen their skills at formal analysis (such as how to experience a work of art).

International (I): “I” courses may study global issues in one of three ways. 1. The course introduces students to the history, art, literature, philosophy, or civic life of people of different nationalities. 2. The course requires students to think and express themselves in a language other than English. 3. The course examines international social, material, cultural, or intellectual exchange at a systemic level.

Social Science (S): Social scientists strive to understand a wide range of human behavior, from the formation of the self to the interaction of nations. Knowledge is acquired from systematic study, using a diverse set of scientific methods including laboratory experiments, field observation, survey work, and quantitative and qualitative ethnographic analyses, as well as insight acquired through experience.

Humanities (H): The humanities use methods such as textual interpretation, historical analysis, and philosophical investigation to ask fundamental questions of value, purpose, and meaning in a rigorous and systematic way. The humanities teach us to think critically and imaginatively, informed by the knowledge of how those questions are (or have been) understood in different times, places, and cultures.

Natural Sciences (N): Courses in natural and mathematical sciences enable students to engage with the methods of exploring the processes of the natural world. These methods include observation, generation of models and hypotheses, and analysis of models that pertain to the natural world, and empirical testing.

What are the requirements for CW?

A CW course devotes considerable time to the development and assessment of writing skills. CW courses require multiple writing assignments. The total length of assignments will vary by discipline, but fifteen to twenty-five pages per semester are recommended. The methods of teaching writing also vary by discipline and by instructor, but all CW courses explicitly address the mechanics of writing and editing. Consequently, the syllabus of a CW course indicates the specific writing goals of the class, the criteria by which writing assignments will be evaluated, and the writing or style manual(s) that serve as the basis of instruction. A significant portion of class time is specifically dedicated to learning writing skills. At least 35% of the final course grade must be determined by writing assignments.

CW courses are intended to help students develop, compose, organize, revise, and edit their own writing. They develop a student's abilities to identify and define a thesis as well as to collect, organize, present, and analyze evidence and documentation to disseminate knowledge. CW courses are not limited to English only.

Instructors may incorporate various pedagogical strategies to teach effective writing. CW courses may include ungraded assignments, but all include graded assignments with clearly stated goals and opportunities to revise, rewrite, and resubmit papers. Examples of evaluation of these assignments may include written feedback from the instructor on both the writing and substance, peer review and editing in class, individual faculty-student conferences, and portfolio development.

The instructor may limit enrollment in a CW course to eighteen students with departmental approval. Those willing to work with larger numbers are welcome to do so.

All instructors of CW courses must be encouraged to participate in periodic workshops that focus on the teaching of writing. The Provost’s Office plans and coordinates the workshops. Instructors on nine-month contracts will be compensated for attending or leading a workshop that occurs during the summer or other times outside their contractual obligations. Workshop topics may include: developing the skills necessary for providing students with constructive feedback, articulating goals for courses and writing assignments, assessing the writing of international and transfer students, designing and implementing assessment rubrics, incorporating online technologies and communities as effective tools for teaching writing, evaluating text quality, or writing for specific audiences.

[Faculty approved changes to (1a) on March, 2010.

What are the requirements for CS?

A speech-based (CS) course requires at least 25% of the grade be determined by two or more oral individual or group presentations, and it fulfills two requirements: (1) The course aims to develop rhetorical skills necessary for effective and creative speech in individual, group or public presentation. This may include one or more of the following: speech design and delivery, listening, negotiation, leadership, persuasion, collaboration, or decision making; (2) the course offers students at least two opportunities to demonstrate these skills. Evaluation of the first opportunity guides improvement of the second.

How do I apply for changes to an existing course?

For changes such as:

  • Title change
  • Term offerings
  • Permission of the instructor
  • Other minor requests that do not affect the content of the course
  • Complete the Course Change Request Form on the Registrar’s website, listed under the FACULTY FORMS under Universal Course Form
  • Submit to your department chair for their support statement and electronic approval
  • The department chair will choose to either submit it to the Registrar’s Office or return it to the author if revisions are needed. Electronic signatures will be accepted for this form
  • These changes do not need the Curriculum Committees approval, but will be noted in the minutes

For changes such as:

  • Adding or removing FISHN designations
  • Adding or removing CW or CS
  • Changing the number of credits
  • Complete the Course Change Request Form on the Registrar’s website, listed under the FACULTY FORMS under Universal Course Form
  • Submit to your department chair for their support statement and electronic approval
  • The department chair will choose to either submit it to the Registrar’s Office or return it to the author if revisions are needed. Electronic signatures will be accepted for this form.
  • These changes do need the Curriculum Committees approval. When the chair submits their approval it will go to the Registrar’s office where it will be printed for submission to the Curriculum Committee.
  • If any of the Q skills are requested when the department chair submits the form it will automatically go to the Q committee for approval.
  • When that committee submits their approval it will go to the Registrar’s office where it will be printed for submission to the Curriculum Committee.
Adding Interdisciplinary Colloquia (IC) or Cultural Analysis (CA)
  • Complete the Course Change form located on the Registrar’s website, under the FACULTY FORMS under Universal Course Form. If you check off IC or CA you will see the appropriate form continued at the end of the Course Change Form
  • Submit to your department chair for their support statement and electronic approval. They will either submit it for approval or return the document to the author for revisions. Electronic signatures will be accepted for this form
  • The IC/CA committee must approve the request. The chairs submission will send it to the IC/CA committee members for their electronic approval to be reviewed by the Curriculum Committee.
When do my course changes take effect?
  • Removing FISHN, CW, CS, CA, or IC will take affect the next semester after it is approved or the next semester that students are not preregistered
  • Courses adding those same elements may take affect the next semester and if students are currently taking the course they may be grandfathered if the department so warrants.
  • Any major curriculum changes will start with the next entering freshman class
How do I offer a special topics course?
  • Complete the Special Topics Request Form on the Registrar’s website, under the FACULTY FORMS under Universal Course Form.
  • Fill out the form as completely as possible
  • Have the department chair approve
  • Send the form to the Registrar’s Office for set-up

Special topics courses do not require Curriculum Committee approval unless you are asking for something special such as IC or CA. A special topics course may be taught up to 3 times and then you will need to do a New Course Proposal. Departments may offer more than 1 special topics course in any given semester. Prerequisites cannot be listed on special topics as regular courses. They will only show in the description and that will not stop a student from registering, and if this is a requirement, you may want to list the course as instructor permission only.

How do I start a mini program for summer or recesses?
  • To set up a new program (ex: Semester at the Field Station, Lille summer trip) use the New Program Request Form on the Registrar’s website, under the FACULTY FORMS under Universal Course Form.
  • Complete all of the required information
  • List any existing courses that the program will use or attach course proposals for any new course offerings
  • Attach any other information you have that would assist the committee with the approval process such as brochures, etc.
  • Get the appropriate signatures and turn the signed original form into the Registrar’s Office.
Who do I contact if I need help?
  • Contact the Registrar, Lucy Condron, at extension 3171 or by email to condrol@juniata.edu.
  • Contact Ashley Koehler in the Registrar’s Office at extension 3172 or by email at koehlea@juniata.edu.
  • Go to the Registrar’s office in Founders Hall

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