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Adding, Changing, or Terminating a Concentration

According to the Catalog, a concentration (or track, cognate, emphasis, etc.) is an area of focus within a particular major. Note that concentrations that require fewer than 18 credit hours are not tracked on DegreeWorks and will not appear on the transcript.  Concentrations, tracks, cognates, and emphases that require 18 or more credit hours are all labeled "concentrations" on the transcript.  Finally, as stated in the Catalog, "[c]ourses used to satisfy the requirements of a concentration or minor may not be applied toward another concentration or minor."

Questions to Consider
  • For new concentrations, how does the proposal enhance the liberal education of the students? 
  • Where does this concentration fit within the curriculum?  Does it overlap with other programs, majors, minors, or concentrations?
  • Students may not obtain a major/concentration and minor in the same subject.  Will students in this concentration be prohibited from declaring a particular minor because of this policy?
  • Will the changes affect staffing resources and needs?
  • For changes to a concentration, how will your changes affect currently-enrolled students in the concentration?

Procedures to Follow

  • Fill out the required sections of the Curriculum Committee's Major/Program Change Form.  (Since a concentration is part of a major, this is the form to use.)
  • Submit a cover letter that includes a list of all the documents you are submitting.
  • Submit one Signature Form that covers all of the changes you are requesting. Ensure that it includes signatures from your Department Chair and Dean.
  • Provide the complete curriculum for the concentration, including the description and course list, exactly as it should appear in the catalog.
  • If the concentration draws on courses from other departments, you must submit acknowledgements from those departments. (You may wish to consult the catalog.)
  • Submit the required information to the Provost's Office (Randolph 210) by the deadline.
  • Attend the relevant Curriculum Committee meeting to present the proposal.
  • Attend the relevant Senate meeting to answer any questions that arise.
  • Remember that your change will not be implemented until the next catalog year.