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The Humanities & Sciences Curriculum Committee is an elected body of the faculty of the School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S). It has overall responsibility, subject to the approval of the faculty, for the structure, coherence, and quality of the curriculum of the school. This curriculum should be consistent with the educational mission of the school, which is to provide students with “the lifelong learning skills that are fundamental to continuing personal and professional growth.” The Committee’s responsibility involves both immediate and long-range objectives.

Reminder: All curriculum proposals must be prepared and submitted through the Curriculum Inventory Management system (referred to as CIM), an online system. 

The CIM system is available at these links:

Course Proposals - experimental, new, revised*

Program Proposals - new or revised majors, minors, or concentrations*

Miscellaneous Proposals - request new or revise existing attribute code or subject code prefix

All full-time, continuing faculty members have access to CIM with your netpass user name and password. If you find you do not have access, please contact the office of the registrar for assistance.

The office of the registrar has prepared a user guide for the CIM system, Courseleaf Online Curriculum Management System document; this guide focuses on how prepare course proposals.

HSCC Deadlines for Curriculum Proposals

Faculty who are preparing proposals should be sure to consult the HSCC Guidelines before submission; we've excerpted the sections on how to write effective rationales and included that here. Faculty are also encouraged to contact the associate dean or chair of the HSCC for guidance in advance, to facilitate timely review and approval of proposals.

This year we have the usual schedule for “routine” curricular revisions, and another for significant program revisions related to the strategic plan, which will follow a timetable provided by the Curriculum Revision Liaison Ad Hoc Committee (CRLC).

For curriculum revisions to be included in the Fall 2022 (AY 2022-23) catalog:

3pm Friday, September 17, 2021: proposal packages for all new and revised major and minor programs; these proposal packages must also include any new/revised course proposals, expedited course proposals (formerly ROAs), and other documentation required by the program revisions.
*Proposers should consult the How to ... Step by Step Guide for Proposers Preparing Program Revision and New Program Proposals before preparing program proposals in CIM.

3pm Friday, December 3, 2021: all other proposals, including new/revised courses and expedited program or course proposals

Submission of proposals by these deadlines guarantees that approved curriculum will be incorporated into the 2022-23 catalog. Proposals submitted after these dates will also be reviewed and forwarded to APC for final approval, and may complete the process in time to be included in the Fall 2022 catalog.

For substantial program revisions in response to the strategic plan, to be effective in the Fall 2023 (AY2023-24) Catalog

Many H&S departments are pursuing significant curriculum overhauls, including shifting courses from a 3- to a 4-credit basis, in response to the strategic plan. These curriculum revision proposal packages will be reviewed and approved through the APC process over a two-year period, to be effective in the Fall 2023 catalog. The CRLC has established a Framework for these curriculum revisions; the CRLC website provides many additional resources for faculty undertaking major revisions.

Friday, October 29, 2021:  deadline for the first contingent of significant curriculum revision packages related to the strategic plan*

The second contingent deadline will be Monday, March 7, 2022.

The third contingent deadline will be Friday, September 9, 2022.

*Please contact hscurriculum@ithaca.edu to confirm if your department has been approved to submit in the first contingent.

HSCC Meetings, Agendas, and Actions

Agendas for the weekly meeting of the HSCC are available online in advance of the meeting. Faculty members who would like to review a proposal that is on the agenda can view the full proposals in the CIM system. Actions taken at each meeting are also posted online in the same folder.

The regular meeting time of the H&S Curriculum Committee for Fall 2021 is TBD. Proposals received by 3pm on Friday will be added to the agenda for consideration at the next meeting, in the order in which they are received.

Requests for ICC designation
New, existing, and experimental courses can all be proposed for ICC designation in the Themes and Perspectives, Diversity, Quantitative Literacy, Writing Intensive, or Capstone categories. These designation proposals can now be submitted through the CIM system; include the ICC designation paperwork as an attachment in the proposal, and indicate in the rationale you intend to seek approval for the designation, to be sure it is routed properly through the workflow process.

Curriculum Guides and Documents

Weekly Agendas and Actions can be found at the links below

HSCC Agendas and HSCC Actions

Curriculum Documents Folder
This folder contains the HSCC ByLaws, and documents organized in the following subfolders:

HSCC Ballot Materials and Results

Curriculum Guides for Faculty, including templates for use in developing curriculum proposals, syllabus guidelines, and the following comprehensive guides: