“Short Courses” are classes whose duration is less than a half semester (7 week module) and that are not generally a recurring part of the curriculum. Typical uses for Short Courses are courses offered in conjunction with the campus visit of a scholar with exceptional expertise or experience. Please consult the guidelines for course descriptions when preparing the Short Course for submission; when ready, use this form to send the Short Course description to the Curriculum Committee.
Guidelines for Short Course Descriptions
- Use 100 words or fewer.
- Write in the present tense (e.g., “Students investigate…,” not “Students will investigate…”).
- Begin the description with a sentence fragment (e.g., “A study of…”)
- Use the word “course” sparingly.
- Avoid rhetorical questions.
- Avoid discipline-specific jargon or specialized terms unlikely to be understood by potential students.
- Provide a concise yet comprehensive summary of the course content.
- Include information about instructional formats other than lecture/discussion (lab, field work, field trips, etc)
- Include the length and times of meetings (two-hour evening classes, meetings over lunch, evening lectures, etc)
- If appropriate, include information about non-standard dates for meetings (e.g. during breaks)
- If appropriate, include information about additional costs and refund policies