Faculty Information

Course Approvals

Instructors seeking to have courses approved for general education designation must apply to the Senate General Education Committee. If the proposed course is a new course for the campus or a matching IU course, it must  be submitted through CARMin and approved for use on this campus.

To ensure that your course is approved and available for scheduling, please begin the course approval process at least a full semester or earlier prior to the semester you plan to offer the course. This is especially important if you need to gain approval for a new course number through the CARMin process in which case, we would recommend a year’s lead time for getting a new course approved.

The Senate General Education Committee meets during the academic year to review course proposals. This process usually takes a month but can take longer if the Committee requests further information or clarification of application materials.

Proposals to the General Education Committee must include:

  • Relevant General Education course form. All information and questions on the course proposal form must be filled out in detail so that the Committee can make a judgment about the proposal.
  • Sample syllabus.

During the regular academic year, proposals for general education courses are due on the 10th of each of the following months: 

  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May

Course proposals submitted after May 10th will be reviewed after August 10th.)

Faculty wishing to submit proposals to create either a General Education requirement course for Fundamental Literacies, Contemporary Social Values, or Common Core must follow one of the following set of instructions:

  1. Review the description of the appropriate general education course category. See below.
  2. Complete the course approval form and draft a proposed syllabus.
  3. Submit the course proposal form along with the proposed syllabus in electronic form to  gened@iusb.edu

Common Core >> 
Contemporary Social Values >>
Fundamental Literacies >>

For new General Education courses requiring CARMin approval, it is highly recommended that you begin the process at least one year before the semester in which you plan to offer the course.

The process for course approval entails multiple levels (departmental unit Curriculum Committee, School/College Dean, Senate General Education Committee, Senate Curriculum Committee, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, 30-day remonstrance) so it can take up to six months for final approval and perhaps longer if there are questions/revisions/corrections that need to be made at various levels of review.

Step I | CARMin New Course Approval  Process
  • Check with the person in your unit (chair, unit head) about obtaining a course number for use on this campus. You can also call MaryAnn Iaria (812) 855-2218) to reserve a course number for use at IU South Bend.
  • Once the course number has been reserved, submit a new course request through CARMin:
  • Log into One.IU
  • Select [SERVICES]
  • Select [FACULTY SYSTEMS]
  • Select [CURRICULUM MANAGEMENT]
  • Initiate a new course/change course request
  • Upon submission to CARMin, the course proposal will go through the campus approval process (unit chair/area coordinator, unit curriculum committee, unit dean, General Education Committee, Senate Curriculum Committee, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affair’s office).
  • Before final approval of the new course number is complete at the campus-level, it is then submitted for remonstrance for a 30 day period to all the IU campuses.
Step II | General Education Committee Approval Process

At the time you are submitting the new course approval forms to CARMin, you should also be working on the General Education Course Approval procedures outlined above. The General Education course approval documents should be submitted to the Senate General Education Committee once the new course proposal has been approved by your unit Curriculum Committee. Because the forms are different for CARMin and General Education approval, it is important that you keep track of where your course proposal is in the approval process. General Education courses requiring new numbers will not be reviewed by the Senate General Education committee until notification of their approval by the unit Curriculum Committee has been received by the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs' office. Once the course has been approved by the Senate General Education Committee, it will be forwarded to the Senate Curriculum Committee to continue its remonstrance process.


Common Core >> 
Contemporary Social Values >>
Fundamental Literacies >>

For new General Education courses requiring CARMin approval, it is highly recommended that you begin the process at least one year before the semester in which you plan to offer the course. The process for course approval entails multiple levels (departmental unit Curriculum Committee, School/College Dean, Senate General Education Committee, Senate Curriculum Committee, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, 30-day remonstrance) so it can take up to six months for final approval and perhaps longer if there are questions/revisions/corrections that need to be made at various levels of review.

If the requested course is new for IU South Bend, but already exists in the IU Master Course Inventory (it is a course offered at another IU campus; but has not been offered at IU South Bend); called a Matching Course:

  • Log into One.IU
  • Select [SERVICES]
  • Select [FACULTY SYSTEMS]
  • Select [CURRICULUM MANAGEMENT]
  • Select [INITIATE NEW COURSE/CHANGE COURSE REQUEST]
  • Follow the instructions as listed in the above for steps I and II

Common Core >> 
Contemporary Social Values >>
Fundamental Literacies >>

Common Core Course Descriptions