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Graduate-Level Course Proposals

Proposals for courses at the graduate level, and proposals to make 300-level courses available for graduate credit, are reviewed by the Weinberg Graduate Curricular Committee.   Requests should be sent to the Dean's Office by Department Chairs, Program Directors, or Directors of Graduate Studies after they have gone through the appropriate departmental or program review.

Proposal Process

Before getting started – Is the proposed course in an interdisciplinary, cross-school or dual degree program?  If so, your proposal will be reviewed by TGS.  Guidelines for submission and the required template can be found here.

For Courses within a Weinberg Department or Program:

Step 1:      Complete a Weinberg Course Proposal form . Note that in the case of 300-level courses proposed for graduate credit, the committee pays particular attention to how objectives, expectations and the evaluative process will differ for graduate students (#18).  Forward the completed form and syllabus to Shelley Levine.  Once reviewed, you will be notified of the committee’s decision. 

Step 2:     If the proposed course(s) will be required of all graduate students, TGS must review the proposal once it has been approved by Weinberg.  Complete a TGS Course Proposal Template and submit to the TGS Office for Academic Affairs.  If the course will be an elective, proceed to step 3.

Step 3:     Once approval has been confirmed by the Weinberg Graduate Curricular Review Committee, and if applicable, by TGS, the department must submit a New Course Form to the Office of the Registrar. The Registrar's form and instructions for completing it are at: http://www.registrar.northwestern.edu/scheduling/

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