This policy defines “Course Subject Listing,” as well as the parameters by which Course Subject Listings can be established, renamed, reorganized, and/or discontinued. It also includes information about cross-listed courses. The purpose of this policy is to ensure disciplinary and curricular consistency across the university’s Course Subject Listings.
This policy governs all Course Subject Listings and for-credit courses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in all schools and colleges, at all levels.
A Course Subject Listing is a structure for organizing groups of courses in a related subject area or topic that represent a coherent program of study.
Course Subject Listings are allowed for any formally constituted academic department or department-like unit as described in the university’s Faculty Policies and Procedures (FPP Ch 5.01).
Each Course Subject Listing has an explicitly established department home that is responsible for the subject listing.
Proposals to establish, rename, restructure, and/or discontinue Course Subject Listings are considered/approved by the University Curriculum Committee (UCC) and subsequently presented to the University Academic Planning Council (UAPC) for consent.
Proposals for new Course Subject Listings are submitted via Lumen Structures. The proposal must identify the department home for the Course Subject Listing and the following points must be addressed/included in the proposal:
In addition, if the proposed Course Subject Listing has overlapping interests with other established Course Subject Listings on campus, the proposal must receive comment, support, or concurrence from the school/college and department associated with the existing listing(s). Units that are viewed to have substantial overlap with the proposed Course Subject Listing might include those with:
Documentation of comment, support, or concurrence from units with overlapping interests must be included in the Lumen Structures proposal for the new Course Subject Listing.
Per the Lumen Structures proposal system, the proposal must receive approval from the proposed department home and the associated school/college (usually via the school/college Academic Planning Council or Curriculum Committee). The proposal will then route forward for university governance approval, with the UCC ultimately approving the proposal and the UAPC providing consent.
Action to rename, reorganize, or discontinue a Course Subject Listing is also proposed via a Lumen Structures proposal and considered by the UCC. The following points should be addressed/included in the proposal:
A for-credit course offered jointly by two or more subjects that has the same unique identifier (i.e., course id) and catalog information, including title, course number, description, credit hours, requisites, attributes, grading basis, schedule, instructor(s), learning outcomes, and content.
The cross-listing of courses is related to considerations around Course Subject Listings as a cross-listed course is shared by multiple Course Subject Listings. There is no requirement that a course be cross-listed, even when it meets the criteria for cross-listing. Cross-listing is reserved for courses that are taught with inter-or multi-disciplinary frameworks and that appropriately belong in multiple Course Subject Listings. There may be occasions when cross-listing courses serve the broader goals of departments/programs, and since the responsibility for managing their Course Subject listings rests on these units, they bear responsibility for determining the proper use of cross-listing.
The following conditions are expected to be met for cross-listed courses:
In short, tangential or insubstantial connections between programs and interests should not be sufficient for cross-listing courses across Subject listings. The cross-listing of courses increases the complexity of scheduling classes and will add to staff workload. This should be taken into consideration when proposals for cross-listing are presented and considered.