For Faculty Interested in Proposing a General Education Course

If you are interested in teaching in general education, it is important to distinguish between a desire to teach an already-existing general education course and the process of proposing a new or existing course to count for general education credit. If you are interested in teaching an already-existing course, contact your chair or the appropriate general education administrator.  To propose that a course count for a general education requirement, chairs or tenure-track faculty with the support of chairs/deans should follow the instructions below. 

To propose a course for a Freshman Seminar, Quantitative Reasoning, Modern Language, Oral Communication, Writing 1, Writing 2, Studies in Theology and Religion, Ethics, or Natural Sciences requirement, contact the person listed on this chart.  Keep in mind that, with the exception of the Freshman Seminar, these courses generally focus on discipline-based skills and competencies and require instructors to have substantial graduate coursework or other documentable qualifications in the area they teach. Thus, proposals to teach in these areas will begin with a conversation about the instructor’s disciplinary expertise.  Please be aware that all new courses require approval through the standard channels (Curriculum Committee review and Academic Council approval).  If you are unfamiliar with this process and the related proposal form, consult your department chair.    

Instructions for Proposing that a Course Count for Diverse American Perspectives, Global Perspectives, Exploring Artistic Works, or Creativity and Making Requirements

To propose that a course count for:

Diverse American Perspectives
Global Perspectives
Exploring Artistic Works
Creativity and Making

Fall 2018 proposals must be submitted and electronically approved by your chair and dean by October 19, 2018.  Spring 2019 proposals are due March 1, 2019.  Be sure to check with your chair or dean for internal deadlines necessary for you to meet the general education proposal deadline. 

You can find the SLOs for each of these requirements here.

 To complete the online proposal form you will want the following information at hand:

  • Your contact information
  • Name and course number of the proposed course/section
  • If course is required by major, whether it is open to non-majors, and course prerequisites (if any)
  • A brief course description 
  • Course SLOs (which should include the requirement SLOs)
  • A rationale for the course meeting the general education requirements
  • The course syllabus (to be submitted as an attachment)
  • Keep in mind that new courses will also need to go through the standard Curriculum Committee/Academic Council approval process.  Your chair and dean should support the creation of any new courses and can guide you through the process of creating a new course.  You may propose a new course to Curriculum Committee/Academic Council and for general education approval simultaneously.  

A copy of your proposal will go to you, as well as to your chair and dean for approval. 

Click here to submit your proposal. 

Flagging a Course for a Mission Marker

Mission Markers are flagged elements within existing courses for the core or major, not additional required courses. The Mission Markers focus on Writing (2 flags), Social Identities, and Experiential Learning for Social Justice.  They are designed to deepen students’ learning in areas particularly important to the SEU mission: communication, problem solving, diversity, and social justice.  This page describes the details of the Mission Marker flags.

Note: Freshman Seminar courses are not eligible for a Mission Marker flag (as they are designed to be a particular kind of introductory experience to be followed by the Mission Marker flags).  Culminating Experience courses and most other courses in the general education or major curriculum are eligible for flags.

To propose that a course or section of a course be flagged for any of the Mission Markers, please fill out the online Mission Marker flag proposal form by October 19, 2018 (for approval by the end of the fall 2018 semester) or by March 1, 2019 (for approval by the end of the spring 2019 semester).  Both contracted and adjunct faculty can apply to have their course flagged for a Mission Marker, as long as their chairs and deans support the proposal.

To complete the form, in addition to pre-approval from your chair and dean, you will want the following information at hand:

  • Your contact information
  • Name and course number of the proposed course/section
  • If the course is required by major, whether it is open to non-majors, and course prerequisites (if any)
  • A brief response to how the course/section meets the requirements of the Mission Marker
  • Sample syllabi or assignments to demonstrate evidence of your responses regarding Mission Marker requirements

Click here to apply.