Common Core:  Literary and Intellectual Traditions

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

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

CMLT(T190/T390), ENG(T190/T390/T191/T192), FINA(T190/T390), HIST(T190/T390),HPSC T390, MUS(T190/T390), PHIL(T190/T390), PSY (T190), TEL T390, THTR(T190), WGS(T190/T390)

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 Pols T190 course, you must first gain approval to use Pols T190 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 T190 or T390 number.
  2.   Once the course designation 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:  T 190 or T390 (Select one)

CARMin questions 8a.  Course title:  Literary and Intellectual Traditions

Question 14:  Is variable title approval being requested?   YES

Question 16:  Course Description for T190

Explores, in an interdisciplinary way, one of the great humanistic traditions of inquiry regarding one of the following themes:  ideas of self, truth, beauty, community, nature, or conflict.  Writing intensive, discussion focused.

Course Description for T390

Interdisciplinary exploration of a humanistic tradition of inquiry regarding one of the following themes: ideas of self, truth, beauty, community, nature, or conflict.   Writing intensive, discussion focused.  Attention to primary texts and research materials.

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:

Literary and Intellectual Traditions Essential Characteristics

Literary and Intellectual Traditions 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 Gen Ed Committee will then review and act on your general education course proposal.   Upon approval by the Senate General Education 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 this 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/corrections.

Questions about this process should be directed to