Special Topics Approval Form

Note: This form is only for use by CLAS and CAHNR departments; the Office of the Registrar does not track approvals for special topics for any other schools or colleges.

Requests for approval to add new topics to existing special topics courses can now be submitted through an online workflow which is designed to replace the previous process in place for new CLAS and CAHNR topics.

Special Topics vs. Variable Topics

A Special Topics (xx95) course is to be used for developmental purposes to pilot a course that may eventually be added to the catalog. It may be taught only two (for CAHNR) or three (for CLAS) times and requires approval of the CAHNR or CLAS C&C Chair.

A Variable Topics (xx98) course is to be used for one-time topics such as those with very timely content (about a specific election, for example) or taught by a visiting faculty member. It requires department approval only and may be scheduled by the Office of the Registrar upon departmental request.

Get Started

To submit a request, launch the form via the following link: Special Topics Approval Form.

You may also view the status of requests via the following link: View Responses (click on the “Approval Form” tab at the top of the form).

The form allows users to select from existing special topics courses in the catalog. If you are unable to find a course that you believe should be an option, please contact Marc Hatfield.

To schedule a new section of a special topics class once the topic has been approved, please submit a request via the Schedule Change Request Form.