Proposing a Course for GE CLAS Core Status

Faculty members from any UI college are invited to participate in the CLAS Core by submitting proposals for GE status for courses with their administrative home in the instructor's college. 


The committee accepts proposals from all CLAS departments or programs and from any of the UI colleges and is especially eager to receive proposals for the Sustainability GE requirement.

During the fall semester, GE CLAS Core proposals are due by September 3. Spring proposals are due by January 16. Late proposals may be submitted, and the committee makes every effort to review each proposal during the semester it is received. If proposals are received substantially after the deadline, they are held for the following semester. Information about the current members of the committee is available on this page. The committee does not meet in the summer or over winter break and generally begins meeting in fall or spring by the second week of the semester. 

Please read the appropriate checklist below.

Guidelines: Sustainability Proposals

  • See this essential background information about the GE CLAS Core Sustainability requirement before writing the proposal.
  • See these specific guidelines for writing a GE CLAS Core Sustainability proposal. For all other GE proposals, follow the guidelines below.

Guidelines: All Proposals Except for Sustainability

  • This checklist gives the required components for a GE proposal in any area except for Sustainability
  • Before writing the proposal, please read about the General Education CLAS Core, including its policies, the required course attributes. and the GE comprehensive and area student learning outcomes so that the proposal clearly addresses each of these related requirements.
  • The proposal must give evidence that the course provides opportunities for students to master the GE comprehensive learning outcomes and the GE area learning outcomes; the course must also employ the required course attributes.
  • Please note that if a current GE course is proposed for status in Diversity and Inclusion, any previously granted GE statuses will be dropped from the courses. 
  • Similarly, a current GE course with two previously granted GE statuses that is proposed for Sustainability will keep only one of the previously granted statuses, at the department's discretion, with the other dropped from the course.
  • GE courses are assessed every four to five years, with the expectation that faculty and departments are continually assessing all GE courses.
  • ACE evaluations have special questions addressing the GE outcomes of each GE area. The questions reflect the comprehensive GE and the specific area outcomes and are important. 
  • Here are several sample proposals for courses approved for GE DI status: Cinema; American StudiesInternational Studies; Psychological and Brain Sciences

If you have questions, please confer with Jennifer Eimers or with Cornelia Lang, GECC Chair .