Academic Programs — Adding, Revising, and Dropping Courses



Approval forms for all course additions, drops, or revisions must be submitted through the course approval workflow system on MAUI.

Forms move from the departmental initiator to the DEO, who must approve the request. After the DEO approves a form, the system sends it to the College for approval. Courses numbered 100 and above are next sent to the Graduate College for approval which in turn forwards the request to the Registrar for input into the system. Once this process is completed, the Registrar sends an email to the initiator noting the completion of the request.

The complete process often takes more than a week. Requests should be sent as soon as they become known and well before the deadline listed on the MAUI Offerings Planner.

Any questions about the course approval process may be addressed to Kathryn Hall.


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences does make some exceptions to the Registrar's deadlines in order to correct errors in course information.

However, exceptions are not made in the areas below since course scheduling is affected by these changes, including assigned rooms and class times:

  • Semester hours
  • Cross listings
  • Administrative home
  • Course numbers

Once MyUI is published, the College almost never allows corrections to any details of a course and then only in extraordinary circumstances. Deadlines and the publication date of MyUI can be found at the Offerings Planner page.

Adding a Course

  • Requests to create a new course may be made at any time but may take two weeks  to process. Course approval forms should be submitted via MAUI as soon as feasible. Once a course is approved and entered, it is up the department to request its inclusion on MyUI.
  • When creating a new course, four-digit numbers of previous, discontinued courses may not be reused. All current and dropped course numbers should be reviewed in the Course Library on MAUI before a new number is chosen.
  • Both the old numbering system and the new four-digit version are currently in use and both sets of numbers are required on the form.
  • All titles of new courses are reviewed by the Regents and are part of the historical record of the offerings of The University of Iowa. Titles should be chosen thoughtfully.
  • CLAS requires that all new courses include a short course description suitable for the General Catalog.  A certain style is followed for Catalog descriptions; view Catalog description guidelines.
  • All new courses must include a rationale, explaining why the course is being added. This is a CLAS requirement and thus is not starred on the Registrar's course approval form but it is essential.  View Guidelines for New Course Rationales.
  • Particular resources needed to support the new course should be noted in the appropriate box. If new resources are not anticipated, "none" may be stated in the resource box.
  • Topic courses may be used for special opportunities (e.g., visiting faculty) and to avert the need to have new courses approved frequently or at the last minute. Topics course should be designated as repeatable for credit.
  • To propose adding GE status to a course, see CLAS General Education Program.
  • To add a first-year seminar course, see First-Year Seminars.

Revising a Course

  • Both the old and new numbering system is in use. Provide both a three-digit course number and the four-digit form. Both types of numbers must also be included for prerequisites and for cross-referencing.
  • Changes to cross-referenced courses must be made by the administrative home of the course, which must discuss the cross-referencing with the appropriate department. Other involved departments do not need to submit an additional form.

Dropping a Course

Courses may be dropped at any time as long they are not listed on MyUI:

  1. Courses may be discontinued through the MAUI course approval workflow process.
  2. Each fall, the Registrar also prepares a list of courses for each unit that have not been taught in the last four years. The College asks departments either to discontinue these courses or to justify their continuance in the departmental curriculum. When departments agree to discontinue courses via this inactive course list, no course approval form is needed. The list is generally due by February 15.

Cross-Referencing a Course

  • Departments may cross-reference (also known as cross-listing) a course. The administrative home of the course is responsible for requesting the cross-referencing. The administrative home of the course should speak with the concerned departments before submitting a request to cross-list a course.
  • Courses are never cross-listed with another actual pre-existing course. Instead, cross-listing is only a way to have a course appear on MyUI in more than one list. A "shadow" course with no existence outside of cross-listing is created for this purpose. All cross-listed courses should have identical titles; the same number of semester hours; the same grading type, and if possible the same course number. If identical numbers are impossible because the same numbers are not available, the numbers should be as close as possible and at least must be at the same level.