See draft of the catalog copy for the Volunteer Core Curriculum.
GCUS Proposal Form v5 (Word Document)
To submit a proposal, please complete the application and save it as a single PDF file that also contains your syllabus and a sample of at least one significant assignment for the course. Save your PDF file by the course name, category, and date (e.g. engl101WC080921).
If you are submitting a revision, please also include a brief written “Response to Reviewers” explaining how the requested revisions have been addressed. This “Response to Reviewers” should be included in your single PDF file and the file should be save by course name, category, and the revision and date (e.g. engl101WCrevision050120).
Your submission will be a single merged PDF including:
- Vol Core Submission Form
- At least one significant assignment
- Response to Reviewers (if it is a resubmission)
Tips on creating single PDF files
If you can put all of your word files in a single word document and then save it as a PDF file, that will be the easiest approach. PDFs are created by going to Print🡪 PDF🡪save as PDF. If you need to merge multiple PDFs, they can be merged through various tools (such as Adobe, sodapdf.com, or pdf2go.com).
NOTE: AFTER YOU SUBMIT A PROPOSAL, YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL LETTING YOU KNOW IT HAS BEEN RECEIVED. If you do not receive that confirmation email within 72 hours, your proposal was not successfully submitted and you need to submit it again. If you continue to have difficulties submitting, please email us to let us know.
You will also receive emails as your proposal moves through the review process. The review process begins with a General Education Subcommittee approval and then goes to the General Education Committee for approval. From there it goes to the Undergraduate Council for approval and finally to the Faculty Senate. Until you receive notification that your course proposal has been approved by the Faculty Senate, it is not eligible to be listed as a Vol Core course.
You may track your submitted proposal through the review process.
Rubric for Student Assessment
- Tore Olsson, College of Arts and Sciences (Chair)
- Kristen Block, College of Arts and Sciences
- Jeffrey Davis, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences
- Patrick Grzanka, College of Arts and Sciences
- Andrew Muhammad, Herbert College of Agriculture
- James Williams, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences
- Current curriculum: See the General Education Requirements page of the undergraduate catalog.
- Volunteer Core curriculum:
- AFST 201 – Introduction to African American Studies
- AFST 202 – Introduction to African American Studies
- AFST 233 – Major Black Writers
- AFST 300 – The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the United States
- AFST 331 – Race and Ethnicity in American Literature
- AFST 333 – Black American Literature and Aesthetics
- AFST 353 – Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in North America
- AFST 413 – Music and the African Diaspora
- ANTH 415 – Environmental Anthropology
- ASL 211 – Intermediate American Sign Language I
- ASL 212 – Intermediate American Sign Language II
- CNST 334 – Film and American Culture
- CSE 300 – Social Justice, Education, and Service Learning
- ENGL 231 – American Literature I: Colonial Era to the Civil War
- ENGL 233 – Major Black Writers
- ENGL 237 – Honors: American Literature I: Colonial Era to the Civil War
- ENGL 331 – Race and Ethnicity in American Literature
- ENGL 332 – Women in American Literature
- ENGL 333 – Black American Literature and Aesthetics
- ENGL 334 – Film and American Culture
- ENGL 341 – Religion and Spirituality in American Literature
- ENGL 494 – Cultural Rhetorics
- ESS 220 – Waters and Civilizations
- GEOG 363 – Southern Spaces and Places
- GEOG 423 – Geography of American Popular Culture
- HIUS 222 – History of the United States
- HIUS 228 – Honors History of the United States
- HIUS 300 – The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the United States
- HIUS 301 – Borders, Burritos and Gringos: The Entangled Histories of the United States and Mexico
- HIUS 302 – The History of Immigration I the U.S. and the World
- HIUS 350 – Colonial America to 1763
- HIUS 351 – The American Revolution
- HIUS 352 – The Early American Republic
- HIUS 353 – The Civil War and Reconstruction Eras
- HIUS 354 – United States 1877-1933
- HIUS 355 – United States 1933-Present
- HIUS 359 – American Religious History
- HIUS 361 – Free Speech Fights: The First Amendment in American History
- HIUS 365 – Food and Power in U.S. History
- HIUS 382 – Appalachian History
- HIUS 443 – Medicine and Healing in the Age of Slavery
- HIUS 444 – History of the South
- JREM 466 – Media, Diversity, and Society
- MUCO 413 – Music and the African Diaspora
- PSYCH 471 – Psychology of Prejudice
- REST 103 – Religions in the U.S.
- REST 233 – Religion and Society in North America
- REST 341 – Religion and Spirituality in American Literature
- REST 353 – Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in North America
- REST 354 – Popular Religion in the United States
- REST 359 – American Religious History
- REST 380 – American Buddhism
- SOCI 225 – Introduction to Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
- SOCI 341 – Social Inequalities
- SOCI 344 – Political Sociology
- SOCI 345 – Social Movements
- SOCI 375 – Gender in Society
- UNHO 237 – Honors: Special Topics in Global Citizenship: US Focus1
- WGS 332 – Women in American Literature
- WGS 375 – Gender in Society
1 Note that University Honors (UNHO) special topics can be approved at the course-level, but each new topic must be reviewed and approved before that particular topic can be taught.