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Course Proposal

The course proposal is an online form that must be submitted by students seeking to fulfill their experiential learning requirement with a special studies 198 or 199 course or any class not on an approved course list. The submission deadline is Friday of Week 8 of the quarter before the course being proposed is taken. Students who take an approved course will automatically receive credit for their experiential learning requirement and do not need to submit a proposal.

Required documents:

  • If proposing a special studies 198 or 199 course, students must upload a signed special studies course contract with their proposal form.
  • If proposing a non-special studies class, students must upload the course syllabus with their proposal form.

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Purpose and Criteria

The course proposal facilitates the review of classes that have not previously been screened for eligibility to ensure they meet the experiential learning requirement criteria. To be approved to fulfill the experiential learning requirement, a class must contain each of the elements below:

  • Faculty supervision.

  • Four units of upper-division credit.

  • A significant experiential learning component.

  • A final project such as a paper, presentation, or performance.

Process and Deadline

Proposals must be submitted by Friday of Week 8 of the quarter before the project is begun to allow time for each submission to be reviewed before the end of the quarter. Notices about the status of each proposal are sent out through the Virtual Advising Center by the end of Week 10 of that quarter. For the 2023-2024 academic year, the submission deadlines are as follows:

  • For Summer 2023 and Fall 2023 projects: Proposals due by Friday, May 26, 2023.

  • For Winter 2024 projects: Proposals due by Friday, November 24, 2023.

  • For Spring 2024 projects: Proposals due by Friday, March 1, 2024.

  • For Summer 2024 projects: Proposals due by Friday, May 24, 2024.

Special Studies 198 or 199 Courses

If proposing a special studies 198 or 199 course, students must upload a signed special studies course contract with their proposal form.

  • Fill in proposed course and student information.

  • Sign contract; digital and scanned signatures are acceptable.

  • Send contract to faculty mentor to fill in their information and sign.

  • Once signed by faculty mentor, attach contact to proposal form.

Non-Special Studies Classes

If proposing a non-special studies class, students must upload the course syllabus with their proposal form.

Virtual Advising Center

Use the Virtual Advising Center to submit questions about the experiential learning requirement at any time, or visit drop-in hours on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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