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Course Subjects

From time to time, generally in conjunction with requests to establish or eliminate academic programs, there is a need to create or propose changes to course subjects. Course subjects (or course rubrics) are subject area abbreviations used to identify courses offered in a discipline. They are comprised of two, three, or four alphabetic characters (e.g., AH for Art History, LALS for Latin American and Latino Studies, PT for Physical Therapy) and are mapped to instructional units.

The procedures to establish, rename, or eliminate course subjects are described below.

As an additional resource, you may wish to view a report of course subject codes currently used in Banner. In addition, the UIC Academic Catalog includes the inventory of all courses listed by course subject.

 

Establish a Course Subject Heading link

Proposals to establish course subjects are approved through a robust governance process. Proposals must be approved at each of the governance levels listed below before final approval is issued by Academic Programs. Engaging representatives from multiple levels of governance allows for a thorough review of the proposal. As this process is iterative in nature, the proposal may be modified at any stage of the process in response to feedback from stakeholders at each governance level.

  1.  College/unit. Proposals are approved according to procedures established by the college/unit. This process may involve the college’s educational policy committee and, in some cases, the college’s full faculty. Use the Format for Academic Program Changes form to prepare the proposal.
  2. Academic Programs (AP). Once the college has approved the proposal, it should be forwarded via email it to Dana Wright.
  3. Graduate College. Reviewed and approved by the Graduate College Executive Committee and/or staff if graduate students may be impacted.
  4.  Senate Committee on Educational Policy (SCEP)
  5.  UIC Senate
  6.  University Senates Conference

 

Rename or Eliminate a Course Subject Heading link

Proposals to rename or eliminate course subject codes are approved through a similar process, including approval at the following levels:

  1. College/unit. Proposals are approved according to procedures established by the college/unit. This process may involve the college’s educational policy committee and, in some cases, the college’s full faculty. Use the Format for Academic Program Changes form to prepare the proposal.
  2. Academic Programs (AP). Once the college has approved the proposal, it should be forwarded via email it to Dana Wright.
  3. Graduate College. Reviewed and approved by the Graduate College Executive Committee and/or staff if graduate students may be impacted.
  4.  Senate Committee on Educational Policy (SCEP). The elimination and renaming of course subjects are reported to SCEP as an informational item.