Major/Minor Submission Guidelines

On occasion, departments may have to make requests to the Curriculum Committee to create new or amend existing major or minor programs. The following information is provided to help departments in this process.

The Curriculum, Assessment and Educational Policy Committee now requires that proposals for new programs or program revisions are communicated to Oxford College through Catherine Chastain-Elliott, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Oxford College (cchastain@emory.edu). Once contacted, Dean Chastain-Elliott will forward the information to the appropriate faculty members at Oxford. The corresponding Oxford College department should send a letter or memo to you indicating that they have been notified about the proposed changes. Please include that letter in your submission to the Curriculum Committee.

Request Process: New Major or Minor Proposal

In order to constitute a complete proposal for review, the Curriculum Committee expects to see the following information

  1. New Program Prospectus: Click here to download the SACSCOC Program Prospectus Outline. When this document refers to "Program" you can read that as Major or Minor.

  2. Emory College New Major Data Form: This form is the outline of the major that will appear in the College catalog. It should clearly mark out the various areas of the major and which courses can be used to satisfy them.

  3. Letters of Support from the Department proposing the new program and the Dean of the College where new resources are requested/required. If the program is interdisciplinary in nature then letters of support from participating departments are also required.

  4. Letter of Support from Oxford College: The Curriculum, Assessment and Educational Policy Committee now requires that proposals for new programs or program revisions are communicated to Oxford College through Catherine Chastain-Elliott, Senior Associate Dean, Oxford College (cchastain@emory.edu). Once contacted, Dean Chastain-Elliott will forward the information to the appropriate faculty members at Oxford. The corresponding Oxford College department should send a letter or memo to you indicating that they have been notified about the proposed changes. Please include that letter in your submission to the Curriculum Committee.

Once the Curriculum Committee has discussed and approved your new major or minor proposal, the prospectus and letters of support will be submitted to the Substantive Change Committee in the Office of the Provost to begin the SACSCOC review. The Substantive Change Committee will use the criteria listed under III of Substantive Change Policy to determine if SACSCOC approval for the new major is required.

  • If the Substantive Change Committee determines your proposal requires SACSCOC Review then your proposal will be submitted to the University Board of Trustees for final Emory University approval. It will then be sent to SACSCOC for final approval. This process can take up to 6 months. Once final approval from SACSCOC has been obtained your program will be available to students for registration during the next immediate Fall Semester.

  • If the Substantive Change Committee determines your proposal does not require SACSCOC Review then your proposal will be submitted to the University Board of Trustees for final Emory University approval. Upon receipt of this approval, your program will be available to students for registration during the next immediate Fall Semester.

Request Process: Change to Existing Major or Minor

In order to constitute a complete proposal for review, the Curriculum Committee expects to see the following information

  1. Emory College Revision Data Form: This form asks you to list the current structure of your major/minor and the new proposed structure of the major/minor so that the committee can review them side by side. The revised structure will be updated in the College Catalog when final approval is given.

  2. Rationale for Change Memo: The Program Director/Chair/DUS should outline in memo form the rationale for the changes being made

  3. Letters of Support from the Department proposing the new program and the Dean of the College where new resources are requested/required. If the program is interdisciplinary in nature then letters of support from participating departments are also required.

  4. Letter of Support from Oxford College: The Curriculum, Assessment and Educational Policy Committee now requires that proposals for new programs or program revisions are communicated to Oxford College through Catherine Chastain-Elliott, Senior Associate Dean, Oxford College (cchastain@emory.edu). Once contacted, Dean Chastain-Elliott will forward the information to the appropriate faculty members at Oxford. The corresponding Oxford College department should send a letter or memo to you indicating that they have been notified about the proposed changes. Please include that letter in your submission to the Curriculum Committee.

Changes to existing majors and minors are not subject to the Substantive Change process that new programs must go through. Upon approval, changes to majors and minors will be in effect during the next immediate Fall semester.

Hour Requirements for Majors and Minors

Students enrolled in Emory College of Arts and Sciences have the opportunity to graduate with two concentrations- two majors, one major and one minor, or one major. Students may enroll in a Bachelor of Arts degree program or a Bachelor of Science program

Program Type Minimum Number of Hours Maximum Number of Hours
BA (Single Major) 36 45
BA (Joint Major) 45 55
BS 50 66
Minor 18 36

These numbers should be representative of the work that is expected of each student for the award. As such, they should contain all required courses for the appropriate award including necessary pre-requisites to enable students to qualify for the award. The Curriculum Committee is aware that there may be cases for exceptions to these hour requirements. Any program proposed outside of these norms should include an appropriate justification.

Submission Deadlines

Major and Minor proposals received two weeks before a Curriculum Committee meeting will be considered at the next meeting of the committee. Proposals submitted within two weeks of a meeting will be held over until a future committee meeting. For a list of committee meeting dates please review the Committee meeting schedule.

Submission Information

Once you have completed your major/minor proposal packet and it is ready for submission, please submit it electronically to Curriculum-Submissions@listserv.emory.edu.