Faculty Guidelines, Graduate Minors and Interdisciplinary Specializations

Proposing New Graduate Interdisciplinary Specializations and Minors

A GIS involves two or more graduate programs outside the student's home program. A graduate minor consists of coursework from a single graduate program and is available only to graduate students not enrolled in the graduate program offering the minor.

Graduate studies committees, in conjunction with graduate faculty of the graduate program(s) involved, are responsible for developing and transmitting proposals for GISs and graduate minors.

Proposals

GIS and graduate minor proposals should contain the following:

  • Title of the proposed GIS or graduate minor, rationale for its development, a brief description of its purpose, including anticipated benefits for participants

  • Description of the proposed curriculum.

GIS: Provide a master list of required and/or elective courses. At least 10 but not more than 20 hours of graduate-level coursework are required. These hours must include at least three different courses. At least 9 hours must be from outside the home graduate program but may include cross-listed courses. Cross-listed courses that comprise this 9 hours minimum must be enrolled in outside the home department

Graduate Minor: Provide a master list of required and/or elective courses. At least 10 but no more than 20 hours of graduate-level coursework are required. These hours must include at least three different courses.

  • Administrative arrangements and support for the proposed GIS or graduate minor.

  • Plans to enroll students and prospective enrollment, including a statement of the maximum number of students to be enrolled at any one time

  • Letter(s) of support from the participating deans

Approval Process
  1. Graduate studies committees must seek approval of the proposal through necessary local graduate program, department, school and/or college process(es)
  2. Graduate studies committees then submit the approved proposal and letter of transmittal to the Graduate School for review and action. The letter must be signed by all involved graduate studies committee chairs.
  3. The curriculum committee of the Graduate School's Graduate Council reviews the proposal and makes a recommendation for action to the full Graduate Council.
  4. The Graduate Council acts on the proposal. If approved, the Graduate School notifies the Office on Academic Affairs (OAA) of its approval, which is subject to further review by the Council on Academic Affairs (CAA). Upon completion of its review, OAA will inform the University Registrar of the approved GIS so that it will appear on students' transcripts.

Questions may be directed to Associate Dean Scott Herness at (614) 292-9490.

Need help?

Contact staff members in the Graduate School using the staff directory, or call (614) 292-6031.

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