Courses - New

Proposals for new courses may be linked to a program revision or submitted individually. Please review this page before proposing your new course.

A sample syllabus must accompany a new course. Refer to the Syllabus Policy and review the campus accessibility standards.

New Course approvals

New courses are submitted for approval on a Master Course Catalog Change Form. Please refer to the Form/Routing Page for details.


General Guidelines

Normally, lower division courses presume no background on the part of the student and limited experience with college level work. Normally, upper-division courses are designed for students with greater skill or experience with college work, and require abstract thinking, application and analysis.

Normally, upper-division courses will have prerequisites or catalog statements describing the level of preparation needed to enroll.

Please use the following course numbering:

90-99 Non-baccalaureate level
100-299 Lower-division courses
300-499 Upper-division courses
500-599 Graduate level courses

See the definitions page for more information about course types.


General Education Courses

Title 5 & CSU GE Definitions & Requirements

Sonoma State University General Education Statements & Standards


Online and Hybrid courses

New online or hybrid courses are approved through the regular curriculum review process, following the same process as any new course. See the definitions page for more information about online and hybrid courses.


New courses in the School of Extended and International Education

The complete policy regarding courses and programs in SEIE can be found here.

Specific information about courses taken from the policy:

  1. All Chancellor’s Office Executive Orders will apply to courses and programs offered through SEIE.
  2. Non-academic credit-bearing courses offered by SEIE may award certification of particular skills, or certificates of completion. Documents attesting to these awards must clearly specify the nature of the award in order to avoid confusion with the award of a degree.
  3. Each time it offers a course, SEIE shall consider: the appropriateness of intended sites and facilities; the qualifications, teaching interests, and availability of SSU faculty members in the appropriate disciplines; and the qualifications, teaching interests, and availability of faculty for the course. 
  4. The department Chair pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement must approve instructors who teach SEIE academic courses offered for University credit (CBA).
  5. Credit-bearing courses offered through SEIE shall be evaluated in the same manner as courses offered through state support as outlined by the SSU Curriculum Guide.  Copies of said evaluations will follow the same process as state-offered courses.

Use this link to view the process of approval for courses in SEIE.