New Concentrations and Minors

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Procedure for Submitting Proposals for Concentrations and Minors

 

Each new concentration in either an undergraduate or graduate program, and minor is subject to review and approval by the Academic Senate and the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs. Upon approval by the Provost, the Office of the Chancellor is notified in compliance with Executive Order 602, University Policy S14-9 provides guidelines for concentrations in graduate and undergraduate degree programs as follows:

  1. Undergraduate Major Degrees
    1. Concentrations within degree program must have at least 30% similarity in the preperation for the major among the base major and all concentrations in the degree program.
    2. Concentrations within a degree program must have at least 30% similarity in the core courses among the base major and all concentrations in the degree program.
    3. Concentrations within a degree program must have at least 30% siliarity in the major's courses among the base major and all concentrations in the degree program.
    4. At least 10% of the units for the degree must have a unique set of requirements for that concentration.
  2. Graduate Degrees
    1. Concentrations, with a degree program must have at least 30% similarity in core coursework requirements for the master's degree amonng the base major and all concentrations within the degree, not including culminating experience (project, portfolio, or 299) units.
    2. At least 30% of the units for the degree must be a unique set of requirements for that concentration.

An undergraduate minor is a formal aggregate of courses in a designated subject area distinct from and outside the student's degree major, consisting of 12 or more semester units (see minor proposal template). The Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs recommends that 6 of these units should be upper division.

The information required for review and approval of a proposed concentration or minor is less detailed than for a full degree major program. Requests for approval of a concentration or minor should follow the format below.

  1. Name of the campus submitting the request, the full and exact title of the proposed aggregate of courses, and whether it is a concentration or minor.
  2. Full and exact title of the degree major program under which the aggregate of courses will be offered, where applicable.
  3. Concentrations or specialization areas already existing under the degree major program for which the new aggregate of courses is proposed.
  4. Department(s) to offer the aggregate of courses.
  5. Purpose of the proposed aggregate of courses. For a concentration also include an explanation of how the concentration contains material that confers a disticnct specialty.
  6. For a concentration, and explanation of how the common material addresses the degree's program outcomes (concentrations are not asssessed separately during program planning so all concentrations in a major must address the major's prgram outcomes).
  7. Need for the proposed aggregate of courses.
  8. A detailed curricular plan complying with Guidelines laid out in S14-9. This includes a list of the courses, by catalog number, title, and units of credit, as well as total units to be required under the proposed aggregate of courses. *Due to course impaction, any courses listed outside of department must have supporting documentation stating the home department is aware of course(s) being used in the proposal.
  9. List of courses, by catalog number, title, and units of credit as well as total units to be required for the major in which the proposed aggregate of courses is to be included (Catalog Copy). See Academic Major/Minor Program Change Form
  10. New courses to be developed. Include Permanent Course Proposal for each new course.
  11. Documentation showing the department has the faculty and resources to support the new concentration, including a list of all present faculty members, with rank, appointment status, highest degree earned, date and field of highest degree, and professional experience, who would teach in the proposed aggregate of courses.
  12. Additional instructional resources, (faculty, space, equipment, library volumes, etc.) needed to implement and sustain the proposed aggregate of courses. List all resources needed for the first five years beyond those currently projected, including specific resource, cost, and source of funding.
  13. Degree Roadmap, a semester by semester listing of courses that lead to a degree in four years. Note the road map must include all courses (including GE and electives), not just requirements for degree. If a particular GE course is desirable, it should be indicated; if the department has no preferred course within a a particular GE Area, then the Area (e.g., Area C1) may be listed with no course specific. The degree Roadmap must be consistent with course prerequisites and the usual semesters in which major courses will be offered.