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Course Proposals

The Gallatin School of Individualized Study offers a wide range of small intellectually-challenging seminars that encourage student participation. Proposals for new courses require two approvals: one at the program level (arts program, writing program, graduate program, etc.) and one at the school level (Gallatin’s curriculum committee). The curriculum committee typically reviews new course proposals a year in advance of their offering. For example, courses proposed for the:

  • Fall semester are reviewed the prior fall semester
  • Spring semester are reviewed the prior spring semester
  • Summer term are reviewed the prior fall semester

To propose a new course:

  • Please complete the new course proposal form (proposals received in other formats will be returned for resubmission with the required proposal form);
  • Proposal should be accompanied by an updated c.v.;
  • Send both form and c.v. to the faculty affairs director, Mary Witty (maw5@nyu.edu).

Format of the Proposal

The course proposal should include, among other things, the following:

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Written primarily for students, the course description will be published on Gallatin’s website and in its course catalogue. The description should be a maximum of 250 words, and it should convey the main aim(s) of the course. The description should also include a short list of the primary readings (both authors and titles).

LEARNING GOALS: These convey what you expect students will have learned at the completion of your course. For most courses, a short list of 2-3 goals is sufficient, and be as specific as possible. Goals may include depth of knowledge in a particular field, writing skills, artistic techniques, analytic reasoning skills, etc.

WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS: List readings for the courses as well as the average number of pages assigned each week. For weekly writing assignments (such as response papers), list the length of each assignment. As a guideline, students are expected to devote at least eight (8) hours to weekly course assignments (in addition to the time spent in the classroom), with the understanding that it may go higher when papers are due. So please make sure you assign an adequate amount of work each week to meet this standard expectation.

PAPERS, PROJECTS, ETC.: Describe papers, projects or other assignments, including the number and length of each paper or details of the project. Please note that students should be assigned a minimum of 20 pages of writing over the course of the semester.

CURRICULAR NEED: Explain how this course contributes to the Gallatin curriculum.

Assignment of Course Credit

Most courses in the Gallatin School are 4 units and the workload for these courses must meet minimum hourly expectations: 2.5 weekly hours of classroom instruction and a minimum of 8 weekly hours on course assignments.

Unsolicited Proposals

The Gallatin School does not typically review unsolicited proposals. Approval of new courses is dependent on curricular need, instructor’s qualifications, and budgetary considerations.



Related Pages

Course Proposal Form

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