All curricular proposals are reviewed at several levels within San Jose State University.
The University requires consultation for course proposals if they impact other departments. CHHS requires consultation as described below for any program revisions or new program proposals [pdf] as the curriculum development process is complex and must be reviewed to avoid issues
related to planning and financial implications. Consultation with the Associate Dean
and Department Chairs/School Directors is vital.
Major curricular changes and revisions along with experimental courses and proposed new programs are most often initiated and reviewed at the department/school level for discipline content, integrity and need. Following department/school approval, the changes/proposal is forwarded to the college committee for review. This committee, consisting of representatives from each department/school within CHHS, reviews the proposals and makes recommendations. Other curricular changes such as new programs or changes in degrees will require additional review at the University Policy Committee of Curriculum and Research.
Course Modifications (formerly called minor course changes) are reviewed only by the Associate Dean and forwarded to the Office of Curriculum. Most commonly, these are changes of course number, title, or description. Unless a change in course description and title is so removed from the current description and title that it is truly a new course, you can submit proposals for any changes or modifications to existing courses.
Finding and Submitting Forms
Forms are available in Curriculog.
All materials to be considered by the College Curriculum Committee for review must be submitted via Curriculog at least ten (10) days prior to the monthly meetings in time for the deadline set by the Curriculum Committee Annual Calendar.
After department curriculum committees and chairs/school directors review and recommend proposed curriculum for approval, the proposals are reviewed at the college and university review. These deadlines are established with lead times for new courses and degree changes to appear in the Schedule of Classes or SJSU Academic Catalog, or if they need to be routed to the Chancellor's office for final approval. Curriculum proposers should refer to the University Deadlines for guidance on the timing of their intended curriculum proposals.
For additional guidelines, departments can refer to the checklist below to ensure accuracy. All curriculum proposals must comprise the materials enumerated below, if applicable.
CHHS Checklist for Departmental Curriculum Submissions
- Department approval (with documentation, for example, meeting minuets or memo indicating
department approval) has been obtained prior to submission and approval by chair in
- All course proposal syllabi submissions are using the latest accessible template.
- Curriculum proposers should refer to the University Deadlines for guidance on the timing of their intended curriculum proposals.
Proposers should consult the SJSU Curriculum Website for additional guidance on the different levels of approval [pdf] that each select proposal will go through.
- Consultation required for all Program Revisions and New Programs. Department/Schools should set up a meeting or complete email consultation with the following representatives: 1) The CHHS Associate Dean for Curriculum 2) The campus Curriculum and Academic Program Analyst and 3) Leadership from either Undergraduate Education or the College of Graduate Studies
Curriculum Committee Department Representatives
Erin Siebert - Co-Chair
Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging
Jennifer Hartle - Co-Chair
Public Health and Recreation