Common Core: Human Behavior and Social Institutions

New  HBSI Variable Title Requiring a New Common Core Course Designation -  Instructions

The following course designations are approved for use on the IU South Bend campus:

ANTH(B190/B399), BUS(B190/B399), COGS(B190), NURS B399, POLS(B190/B399), PSY(B190/B399), SOC(B190/B399), SPCH B399, SUST B399, WGS B399

If the common core course designation you wish to use is not listed above, you must follow the instructions outlined in steps 1 & 2 below.   For example, if you wish to offer a HIST B190 course, you must first gain approval to use HIST B190 on this campus.

Step One:   CARMin New Course Approval Process

  1.  Check with the person in your unit (chair, unit head, registrar) about obtaining the required course number for use on this campus.   Alternatively, you may call MaryAnn Iaria at 812-855-2218 to reserve the subject designation with the B190 or B399 number
  2.   Once the course number has been reserved, submit a new course request through the CARMin remonstrance process via your onestart account >services>faculty systems>initiate new course/change course request
  3. Each common core category has the same title and course description.  In preparing the CARMin form for a new common core course, please answer the questions below with the following:

CARMin question 5a.   Course number:  B 190 or B399 (Select one)

CARMin questions 8a.  Course title:  Human Behavior and Social Institutions

Question 14:  Is variable title approval being requested?   YES

Question 16:  Course Description for B190

Develops insights into human nature, the nature of social institutions, the social processes that shaped the world of the twenty-first century.  In an interdisciplinary way, introduces the distinctive perspectives of the social sciences, emphasizing frameworks and techniques used in explaining causes and patterns of individual and institutional behavior.

Course Description for B399

Develops insights into human nature, the nature of social institutions, the social processes that shaped the world of the twenty-first century.   Explores a specific critical problem or social science theme in a manner that takes into account perspectives from several disciplines.  Attention given to ethical dilemmas as they arise in the discipline and theme of course.

Question 27  Justification for New Course

Course is being designed to meet a general education requirement.

Essential syllabus information:  Submit your particular course as an example of a variable title course.

4.Upon approval on this campus (unit curriculum committee, unit dean, Senate General Education Committee, Senate Curriculum Committee,  VCAA’s Office), the proposal is submitted for remonstrance for at least a 30 day period, before final approval for the new course is complete.

Step TwoSenate General Education Committee Approval Process

  1. Because the process for getting new course approval can take many weeks, once the course has been approved by your unit Curriculum Committee, the new course should be submitted to the Senate General Education Committee for approval .   This step requires filing a Gen Ed proposal form which can be found by clicking the links below:

Human Behavior and Social Institutions Essential Characteristics

Human Behavior and Social Institutions Proposal Form

Once the CARMin course proposal has been approved by your unit Curriculum Committee, notification is sent to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs who will notify the Senate General Education Committee.  The Senate General Education Committee will then review and act on your general education course proposal.  Upon approval by the Senate GenEd Committee, the course will be forwarded to the Senate Curriculum Committee to continue its journey through the remonstrance process as described in point 4 above.

It is highly recommended that you begin the process at least one academic year before the semester you plan to offer the course.  The process for obtaining approval through multiple levels (dept, unit curriculum committee, dean, general education committee, Senate Curriculum Committee, VCAA's office, 30 day remonstrance) can take up to six months or longer if there are requests for changes/clarifications/changes.

Questions about this process should be directed to