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Specialization, Concentration, Minor, or Achievement Certificate Proposal Format

A one-page abstract (separate page) in narrative form must address the following:

  • Title and Sponsor(s).
  • Need for the Program.
  • Relationship to Department and School.
  • Summary of the curriculum.
  • Implementation time frame.
  • Resources required (Staff, space, non-salary).


  1. Title of the Proposal.
  2. Sponsor(s): Persons or groups that are to have administrative responsibilities for the program.
  3. Scope or size of the program.
  4. Relationship to curriculum: general education, core area, elective. Include a description of how the program implementation will affect other department and school offerings.
  6. Suggested time and scale of implementation.
  7. Resource requirements (equipment, library, staff, space, etc.) This section should include a description of any costs that will be incurred by implementation of the proposal.
  8. Recommended Library Resources (see p.7): Provide a list of resources required to implement the program and any predicted resources for future needs. If resources are not adequate please specify how this issue will be addressed. The department's library liaison should be consulted.


Statements specifically indicating the proposal's merits as they relate to the goals of the college and the directions of the sponsoring department(s). What is the appropriateness and significance of the program?)

Essence of the Specialization /Concentration/ Minor/Achievement Certificate

  1. Major goals of the program.
  2. Specific objectives of the program.
  3. Structure of Organization: identification of courses with brief course descriptions, credit to be given, sequence of course work (lower and upper level), requirements and prerequisites.


Details of the role of each group/department. This item should be especially detailed for concentrations since they involve more than one department and/or college.

Results of Consultation

  1. Letters of consultation MUST be included from all departments or programs (NOT INDIVIDUALS) that have similar course content or might otherwise be affected by this proposal. If the proposal is inter-disciplinary, evidence concerning consultation with all departments potentially involved must be included.
  2. Additional consultation should be solicited from any individual on campus who might have expertise relative to the program. List the names of all persons from departments and/or disciplines consulted. Attach a statement about the results (pro and con) of the consultation.
  3. Attach copies of any written consultations. Include consultations both support and non-supportive.
  4. Consulted parties may appear in person at the Open Hearing.

New Courses

  1. Include proposals for new courses needed for the specialization/concentration/minor/ achievement certification using the appropriate format. The proposal cannot be acted upon by the Curriculum Committee if new courses are listed but not included with the proposal.
  2. Tentative or conditional approval can be granted to specializations, concentrations, minors, achievement certificates requiring the development of new courses. Final approval of the program will be authorized only after complete curricular approval of all courses included in the program has been granted.