Curriculum Committee

New Majors/Minors and Changes to Majors/Minors

On this page there are forms and deadlines for applying for Curriculum Committee approval for new majors and minors or for changes in disciplinary (or interdisciplinary) majors or minors.

Department/Program Preparation

Curricular changes involving a substantive (not editorial) change in a major or minor require the approval of the Curriculum Committee. The impetus for modifying the requirements for a major or minor typically arise from department or interdisciplinary program discussions and strategic planning. Such discussions often arise from a variety of factors including national norms, disciplinary norms, accreditation requirements for continued good standing, internal and external assessments, and other factors attributable to strengthening majors and minors. Before proposing changes to majors/minors to the Curriculum Committee, it is expected that the department or interdisciplinary program will have substantial discussions and gather data relevant to the proposed changes.

Size of Majors

When reviewing and recommending major changes, the Curriculum Committee shall apply the following criteria to any proposal for a new major, and to any proposal to increase the size of a major, as measured in course equivalents. A proposal to change a major in a way that does not increase the size need not satisfy these criteria.

  • The Curriculum Committee will generally not recommend any proposed major change to the Faculty that would include a major requirement of 8 or less course equivalents.
  • The Curriculum Committee will generally not recommend any proposed major change to the Faculty that would include a major requirement of 13 or more course equivalents. Exceptions may be made if the change is needed due to external licensing requirements (e.g., state licensing for nursing, accounting, athletic training, or teaching).
  • For any major change proposal that includes an increase in the number of courses required, the department or interdisciplinary program must provide a substantial justification for such an increase. This could include external factors and licensing requirements or other data such as program assessments, comparisons to other colleges comparable to Gustavus, or recommendations from external reviews.

Forms and Deadlines

The committee will consider proposals for non-resource requiring new majors and/or minors and changes to existing majors and/or minors on a rolling basis. 


Pre-proposal Form for new or revised majors/minors/programs that require significant institutional resources

The approval of new or revised majors/minors/programs can induce important overlap amongst the duties of the Senate, the Provost Office, and the Curriculum Committee, since the Faculty Senate serves as the long-range academic planning body of the faculty, the Provost Office allocates resources to the academic program, and the Curriculum Committee reviews the curricular integrity of courses/programs. The pre-proposal form here should be used in instances where additional institutional resources (e.g. start up costs, staffing costs, course implementation costs) are required to initiate and sustain a new or revised major/minor/program. The pre-proposal will be reviewed by the Provost Office for financial analysis and by the Faculty Senate for mission centrality. The Senate and Provost Office will each (independently) provide a recommendation that will be shared with the proposers of said program, and with the Curriculum Committee if a complete major/minor/program proposal is developed for their consideration. The deadline for pre-proposals is January 15.

Pre-Proposal Form