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How to Propose a GE Course

The implementation of the new General Education program is planned to take place over a multi-year period. Please refer to the Implementation and Teachout Plan for a timeline of GE course approvals.

Visit FAQs: course and program approvals for additional information to ensure your proposals are complete and ready for approval in a timely manner.

The initiator of the proposal (the “Originator” in Curriculog) is responsible for bringing a complete proposal document to the relevant department for review. Proposers should not expect a new course to reviewed and approved within a single semester.

Complete Form in Curriculog

  • Log into Curriculog and select "New Proposal".
  • Select the GE Course Revision Form and click Start Proposal.
  • Import the course and launch the proposal to start tracking. 
  • See GE Course Revision: Step by Step instructions, available in Canvas. (Contact Kari Manwiller if you have any questions about Curriculog)
  • Fill in the rest of the proposal and attach the following items:
  1. A Course Content Criteria Worksheet for the relevant GE Area. Please refer to Resources to find Senate-approved area worksheets
  2. Master or sample syllabus conforming to SSU Syllabus Policy. If including a sample syllabus, also include course or department guidelines that will be shared with instructors who will teach the course.
  3. A copy of the signature assignment
  4. And, if you are proposing a First-Year Learning Community, a FLC Content Criteria worksheet, available on Resources.
  • When your proposal is complete, select Approve, enter any comments in the comment box if needed, and click the Make My Decision button to move the proposal forward in the workflow.


Proposers do not need to wait for their course to reach an approval step to contact the chair of that committee and schedule their course to be reviewed.  Tracking of the proposal in Curriculog and proactive visiting of committees for approval will speed up the process.

  1. Department Review: Route the proposal to the Chair of the Department in which the course will be offered or, depending on that department’s review process, to the Chair of the Department’s Curriculum Committee. 
  2. Academic Programs Review: Academic Affairs reviews the course to ensure that it adheres to Title 5 requirements, checks CS code, and date of implementation.
  3. School Curriculum Committee Review: The Chair of the Curriculum Committee for the school where the course is housed brings the proposal packet to review by the Committee. 
  4. Dean Review: The Dean of the school where the course is housed reviews the proposal packet to insure that resources and staff are available to support the course. 
  5. General Education Subcommittee Review: All materials will be made available to University faculty. The GE Subcommittee Chair will add the proposal to an upcoming agenda. Proposers will be contacted after a first reading with any questions or requests for further information before a second reading. Proposers should expect subcommittee members will reach out to disciplinary faculty for appropriate advice.
  6. University Studies Curriculum Committee, if the proposed course is a First-Year Learning Community.
  7. Educational Policies Committee Review: The proposal will be added to the EPC agenda as a consent item if the GE recommendation is unanimous. Any EPC member may then request the item be moved off the consent calendar and onto the agenda as a business item. A proposal may also be placed directly on the EPC agenda as a business item at the discretion of the EPC Chair. EPC has final approval authority on GE courses. If a course is approved, the EPC chair will approve the proposal in Curriculog. Upon approval from EPC, the course is slated for addition to the course catalog.