University of Minnesota
College of Liberal Arts Office of Undergraduate Programs
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College of Liberal Arts Office of Undergraduate Programs

Contact Information


Nanette Hanks
Assistant Dean for Curriculum

612-624-4801
nhanks@umn.edu
115 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Proposing Changes to Existing Majors and Minors

Making changes to existing majors and minors requires:

  1. Drafting a proposal that outlines the changes
  2. Presenting the proposal to the Committee for Curriculum, Instruction & Advising for approval
  3. Submitting the proposal to the Provost or to the CLA Assembly, Provost, and Board of Regents (depending on the changes proposed)

Preparing the proposal

All major and/or minor change proposals must include the following:

  • A signed and dated memo from the department chair to the associate dean for undergraduate programs that clearly states the proposed changes to the major and/or minor and the rationale for them.
  • Evidence of consultation with advising in CLA Student Services showing that the changes will not disadvantage students and that the changes are administrable.
  • A current major and/or minor program form and a proposed major and/or minor program form that clearly shows the proposed changes.

Proposal presentations to Committee for Curriculum, Instruction & Advising

Complete proposals will be included on the first available agenda of the Committee for Curriculum, Instruction & Advising (C I & A). This committee meets monthly from September to May. The associate dean's office will contact the department chair with a date and time for the presentation of the proposal to C I & A. The committee will review the proposal documents, hear any presentation offered, and ask questions or offer recommendations.

If the proposal is acceptable as written, it will be included as an action item at the following C I & A meeting. If the proposal is approved, it will be forwarded to the next step in the approval process.

Proposals requiring Provost approval

The proposal goes from C I & A to the Provost's office for final approval for the following changes:

  • Adding an honors option to an existing undergraduate degree program
  • Making other curricular changes
    • Change number of credits or required courses in a major or minor
    • Change definition of options in a major
  • Adding “second tier” admissions requirements, i.e., entrance requirements to a major that go beyond admission to the collegiate unit
  • Changing curricular details such as course substitutions (one course is dropped and another replaces it), revised lists of electives approved for the program, and changes that result from realignment or adjustment of course content.

Proposals requiring CLA Assembly, Provost, and Board of Regents approval

The proposal goes from C I & A to the CLA Assembly, the Provost, and final approval by the Board of Regents for the following changes:

  • Changing current programs
    • Add a formal track to an existing major
    • Change a program or unit name
    • Change a degree designation
    • Discontinue a program
    • Offer new distance delivery of all or substantially all coursework for an existing degree program

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