Fundamental Literacies

Faculty wishing to submit proposals to create a General Education requirement course for either a Fundamental Literacies must follow one of the following set of instructions.

  • Existing IU South Bend Course
    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
  • New Course (requiring a new course number)

    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.

  • New IU South Bend Course (already at IU)

    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
  • CSV | Health and Wellness

    The goal of university education is to prepare students for life beyond the university. While this preparation rightly focuses primarily on students’ intellectual growth and development, it must not neglect their physical and emotional well-being. The importance of physical and mental wellness to success in life, as well as instruction in activities that promote and maintain this wellness, are important components of general education. We recommend as part of the general education curriculum the successful completion of two credit hours of instruction in courses that contribute to students’ understanding of the importance of physical and mental health, and that offer students the opportunity to acquire skills that will help them to achieve and maintain such health. Obvious examples are courses that involve students in athletic pursuits or instruct them on issues related to nutrition; but other examples could also be found. In order to apply to this requirement, a course should meet one or more of the following criteria:

    • leads students to a demonstration of skills and knowledge of physical fitness concepts through the performance of activities that will enhance lifelong commitment to personal fitness and wellness
    • imparts an understanding of holistic health concepts in a manner that invokes personal responsibility for health and wellness
    • encourages and directs students to lifestyle changes geared toward the maintenance of healthy living and the prevention of disease and illness
    General Guidelines 

    The instruction in health and wellness within these courses needs to be formal in some way, not just a matter of a few words of advice here and there. The course should address at least ONE of the following goals:

    1. Students should be able to demonstrate skills and knowledge of physical fitness concepts (sports, exercise, dance, etc). The skills and knowledge may be demonstrated partly through physical performance; but the course must also include some academic instructional elements that ensure that these concepts become a familiar part of the students’ thinking, thereby heightening their awareness of the benefits of a lifelong commitment to personal fitness and wellness.
    2. Students should develop an understanding of holistic health concepts in a manner that promotes personal responsibility for health and wellness. The course must include academic instructional elements that ensure the students’ command of these concepts.Students should learn the means of making lifestyle changes geared toward the maintenance of healthy living and the prevention of disease and illness. The course must include academic instructional elements that direct and encourage students in the understanding and accomplishment of these goals.
    3. Students should learn the means of making lifestyle changes geared toward the maintenance of healthy living and the prevention of disease and illness. The course must include academic instructional elements that direct and encourage students in the understanding and accomplishment of these goals.