Academic Program Approvals

Majors

New majors

Adding a new major is a process that may take longer than a year. A new major requires approval on the part of the department planning to offer it as well as the curricula and courses committee and dean of the school or college of initiation. When the Board of Trustees and the Connecticut Office of Higher Education have approved the program, the Provost will notify the Office of the Registrar. See Academic Program Approval Process on the UConn Policies and Procedures website for more information.

The approval process must be completed by the end of January in order to become effective in May on the day following graduation.

Changing name of existing major

Changing the name of an existing major requires approval by the academic department, the school/college’s curricula and courses committee, and the Office of the Provost. Following approval at the school level, a Degree Program/Major Processing Form must be submitted to the Office of the Provost.

All other major changes

All other changes to majors need only be approved by the academic department and the school/college’s curricula and courses committee. Changes to interdisciplinary majors offered by more than one school must be approved by all sponsors. Changes to a major that must follow this approval process include:

  • Add to, change, or delete courses listed as requirements
  • Make substantive changes to wording of text
  • Change graduation requirements within existing university minima

Minors

Adding a new minor using only course requirements from subject areas and departments within the same school or college, or revising or inactivating an existing minor requires only the approval of that school or college.

Minors involving two or more schools or colleges

When a minor involves courses or departments in two or more schools or colleges, Provost approval is also required. This includes both minors co-sponsored by departments from different schools or colleges and minors that include within their lists of requirements courses offered by other schools or colleges.

The reason for this policy is to ensure that any departments from one school have the resources to accommodate a change in the number of students based on including one of its courses in the minor sponsored by another school. Provost approval is required to add or inactivate a minor of this nature, as well as to make changes to the minor if they involve courses offered by a school other than the school proposing the changes.

For example, if a department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences sponsors a minor that requires courses from a department in the School of Fine Arts, the Provost would need to approve any changes affecting courses in the School of Fine Arts. If the changes involve only courses from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, approval by that school is sufficient.

To add, inactivate, or change a minor meeting these conditions, submit relevant minutes and the Interdisciplinary Minor Processing Form to the Office of the Provost.

To learn the policies that have been involved in establishing Minors, please see both Minors at the University of Connecticut and Minors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Degrees

Approval to offer a new degree in either a new or an existing major requires approval on the part of the department planning to offer it as well as the curricula and courses committee and dean of the school or college of initiation. When the Board of Trustees and the Connecticut Board of Higher Education have approved the program, the Provost will give approval and notify the Office of the Registrar. Once school or college approval is secured, a Degree Program Processing Form must be submitted to the Office of the Provost to continue the approval process.

The approval process must be completed by the end of January in order to become effective in May on the day following graduation.