The Common Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Applying for Complex Questions: Global Challenges & Social Justice Designations

  • Where can I find a description of the new Areas of Inquiry and Perspectives?

    A description of the Areas of Inquiry and Perspectives can be found HERE. If preferred, a PDF version is available to download.

  • Can a faculty member apply for both Areas of Inquiry for a single course?

    No. Each course may be approved for only one Area of Inquiry - Justice, Equity, Identity, and Difference (JEID) or Global Challenges (GC).

  • Can a faculty member apply for multiple Perspectives for a single course?

    Yes. There is no restriction on the number of Perspectives designations for a single course. However, regardless of how many Perspectives a course has been approved for, a student may only count a course towards one Perspective.

  • How many Perspectives per course can a student count toward their General Education requirements?

    Regardless of how many Perspectives a course has been approved for, a course may only count toward one Perspective. Students are not able to double-count courses. Students entering in Fall 2022 must take 6 unique courses; students entering in Fall 2023 must take 7 unique courses; students entering in Fall 2024 must take 8 unique courses.

  • Can I apply for general education designation outside of my field of expertise?

    Yes! We encourage faculty from all divisions to read the descriptions and learning goals of the various Perspectives to determine if their course fulfills the stated goals. Each proposal is read by multiple faculty members from different disciplines and discussed to ensure that the learning goals are explicitly demonstrated in the syllabus and application. If a course does not initially meet all learning goals, a member of the Board will reach out for further discussion. The faculty member may choose to re-envision or augment parts of the course to align with learning goals and re-submit a proposal or decide to withdraw their course from consideration of that Perspective.

  • Will some courses be automatically accepted for certain Perspectives based on the home department of the faculty member?

    No. Each course will be evaluated by multiple faculty members from different disciplines and approval will be based on whether the course demonstrates that it incorporates the Area of Inquiry and fulfills the Perspective learning goals in a meaningful way, as elucidated by the syllabus, course description, and application.

  • What happens after I complete my submission?

    Each proposal is read by multiple faculty members from different disciplines and discussed to ensure that the learning goals are explicitly demonstrated in the syllabus and application. If it is not initially clear to the evaluators that the course meets all learning goals, a member of the Board will reach out for clarification. While in many cases the faculty member may simply need to clarify their submission, they may choose to re-envision or augment parts of the course to better align with learning goals and re-submit a proposal, or decide to withdraw their course from consideration of that Perspective.

  • When should I submit my proposal?

    We have been accepting proposals since January 2022 and will continue to accept and review submissions on a rolling basis. Submit your course proposal at any time! Proposals received over the summer will be reviewed in Fall 2022 by the General Education Board.

Applying for Common Curriculum Designations

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