G.E. Course Proposal for AREA C: The Arts and Humanities

Subarea: C4 Further Studies in the Arts and Humanities

Department__________________________________________ Course Number ________

Course Title_______________________________________________ Units__________

Contact Person_____________________________________________ Phone__________

I. Submissions shall include the following:

A. A proposed course syllabus which must include: catalog description of the course; prerequisites, if any; student learning objectives; assignments; texts; reading lists; materials; grading system; exams and other methods of evaluation.If more than one section is offered, provide a description of what would be considered common to all sections and what might typically vary between sections.

B. Detailed course outline with topics and subtopics to be covered on a weekly basis.

C. A statement indicating

l) the means and methods for evaluating the extent to which the objectives of Area C4, the cultural diversity requirements, and the writing requirements are met for all course sections, and

2) the steps the department plans to take to ensure that instructors comply with the category criteria and who is responsible?

II. Indicate in a written statement how the course meets the following criteria for Category C4. Relate the statement to the course syllabus and outline. Be as succinct as possible.

A. Courses in this category, need not be introductory, and need not be as broad in scope as courses included in C1, C2 or C3.

B. Courses may have as prerequisites courses listed in C1, C2, and C3 or similar courses.

C. Courses in this category shall comply generally with the criteria for courses in categories C1, C2 and, C3.

1) Develops a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the heritage being studied and transmits knowledge of Western or Non-Western cultural heritage in the arts and humanities.

2) Introduces history or a method of analysis in order a) to increase understanding and appreciation of the art forms being studied or b) to study the principles on which aesthetic judgments are made or focuses on ideas and values of various cultures and traditions as expressed in their literatures, philosophies or religions.

D. If the courses have for primary goal the development or application of skills to develop aesthetic sensitivity, it must be done through active participation in one of the arts or through inclusion of a significant cultural component.

E. Develops an understanding of and appreciation for the diversity of the human community.

F. In presenting the contribution and perspectives of people, the coursework addresses at least two of the following:

  • Women
  • Ethnicity
  • Socio-economic status
  • Religious affiliation
  • Disabilities
  • Gays & lesbians

G. Includes a writing component described on course syllabus.

l) If course is lower division, formal and/or informal writing assignments encouraging students to think through course concepts using at least one of the following: periodic lab reports, exams which include essay questions, periodic formal writing assignments, periodic journals, reading logs, other. Writing in lower division courses need not be graded, but must, at a minimum, be evaluated for clarity and proper handling of terms, phrases, and concepts related to the course.

2) If course is upper division, a minimum of 1500 words of formal, graded writing. [Preferably there should be more than one formal writing assignment and each writing assignment (e.g. periodic lab reports, exams which include essay questions, a research/term paper etc.) should be due in stages throughout the semester to allow the writer to revise after receiving feedback from the instructor. Include an indication of how writing is to be evaluated and entered into course grade determination.]

III. If you would like, you may provide further information that might help the G.E. Course Review Committee understand how this course meets these criteria and/or the G.E. Program Objectives found on PP. 2-3 of the "Statement of Policies Pertaining to the G.E. Program" of August, 1991.

Submit proposals to the General Education Office in Sacramento Hall 234 [6016].


revised 12/28/07