Interdisciplinary courses


Approved 9/11/14 by HHS Chairs Council; modified 1/26/15 by HHS Curriculum Committee
Revised and approved 10/7/15 by HHS Chairs Council and HHS Curriculum Committee

  1. Discuss the course proposal with your department chair and appropriate associate dean. These discussions will help you to identify potential overlaps with other existing courses across the School and determine the need for the course.
    • If a department-specific course already exists, it may be helpful to bring all interested faculty together to produce a single course proposal that meets School-wide needs.
    • In some cases, discussions between course developers, department chairs and the respective associate dean may result in the decision to retain the department-specific designation rather than an HHS designation. Retaining the department-specific designation is most likely in the case where the primary or exclusive audience for the course is determined to be a single department.
    • When more than one faculty member wants to teach a specific HHS class, attempts will be made to rotate the class among interested faculty and/or arrange for the class to be co-taught or team-taught. In some situations, an HHS course may be “anchored” in one department, at least temporarily. For example, individual faculty who develop and/or teach a specific HHS class deserve special consideration to continue teaching that class.
  2. Proposals for HHS courses must be submitted to and approved by the HHS curriculum committee as well as UCC (for undergraduate courses) or GCC (for graduate courses). Course proposals and consultations must be uploaded and routed to appropriate committees using the CIM System.
  3. An HHS designation indicates that the class is open to students across the School (and, in some cases, students from outside the School may enroll). Thus, no course should be cross-listed between any single department and HHS. If a course is designed only for specific departments, the course can be cross-listed between those departments (e.g., NTR/KIN 576; KIN/CSD 798).
  4. Student credit hours (SCH) for an HHS-designated course are counted the same way that student credit hours are counted for classes offered by a single department: All student credit hours are counted for and attributed to the instructor’s department. SCHs in courses that are co-taught are allocated according to the % effort assigned to each instructor. Percent effort should be negotiated between faculty in advance and in consultation with respective department chairs.
  5. Classes are scheduled using the same process as other (department prefix) classes, whereby the faculty member and department chair identify possible days/times for the class to be offered. Once the instructor and department chair identify one or two recommended time slots for the class, the associate dean consults with the department chair(s) in other interested HHS departments to see whether there are any major conflicts with the recommended time slot(s). After the instructor, department chair, and associate dean agree on the day/time when the class will be offered, the dean’s office is responsible for scheduling the class with the Registrar’s office.
  6. Enrollment caps for each class will be decided by the department chair and instructor in consultation with the associate dean.
  7. Where possible, once a specific HHS class has been scheduled and offered in a time slot, that class will be scheduled in the same time slot in subsequent semesters to provide predictability in course scheduling across departments.
  8. The dean’s office will be responsible for marketing the course and scheduled times to all HHS departments after University approval of the course.