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Ad Hoc Committee on Degree Requirements

After the Ad Hoc Committee on Degree Requirements concluded their work (see timeline below) the faculty voted in Spring 2019 to update the Weinberg College degree requirements. In preparation for the launch, four working groups were convened in Fall 2019 to develop learning goals, resource depositories, policies, and guidelines for the new elements of the Weinberg degree requirements:

  1. College Seminar Working Group
  2. First-Year Writing Seminar Working Group
  3. Advanced Expression Working Group
  4. Curriculum Transition Committee (serves as the working group on Foundational Disciplines and ‘When Cultures Meet’ overlay)

New Weinberg College Degree Requirements Working Groups Membership and Updates  

The primary tasks of the working groups were concluded in 2020 and the transition was paused during the early stages of the pandemic. The subsequent transition work on curricula and policies were taken up again in 2021 by the Curriculum Review Committee (CRC) and Curriculum Policies Committee (CPC). This work included endorsement of the final title and learning objectives for the overlays (Perspectives on Power, Justice and Equity), and endorsement of the Pass/No Credit policy for Foundational Disciplines. In Fall 2022 the CRC and CPC committees began the detailed work of considering department and program proposals to map particular courses to the new degree requirement categories for an implementation in Fall 2023.




Spring 2019

The proposed modifications to the Weinberg degree requirements were approved at the spring meeting of the Weinberg College faculty. 

Winter 2019

First reading at the Weinberg College faculty meeting (March 12th, 2019)

Fall 2018

On December 4, 2018, the Weinberg College Curriculum Policy Committee (CPC) unanimously approved the proposed modifications to the Weinberg College degree requirements.

Spring 2018

Foundational Disciplines Convention (FDC) held in June 2018 to articulate learning goals for each of the six foundational disciplines

Fall 2017

Final report of the Weinberg College ad hoc Committee for Degree Requirements, submitted to Dean Adrian Randolph on September 25, 2017

Winter and Spring 2017

The CDR met with groups of faculty in the college (organized approximately along department and program lines) to share a preliminary statement of our vision and first draft of our recommendations. These department/program meetings involved a prepared presentation of about 20 minutes by a designated CDR member, followed by an open discussion.

Interim report:

Summary of concerns, notes, clarifications, and suggestions for revision to the interim report:

Fall 2016

The fall quarter was devoted to developing an interim report and preparing for presentation of the first draft of our proposals to colleagues across the college.

Summer 2016

The sub-groups continued their discussions and began to articulate recommendations.  On September 8, 2016, the full committee came together for a day-long meeting at the Chicago Botanic Garden to discuss and synthesize the outcomes of the sub-group deliberations.

Spring 2016

The CDR divided into three sub-groups, each charged with reviewing and recommending changes to one of the three major components of the current Weinberg degree requirements: (1) the writing requirement, (2) the foreign language requirement, and (3) the distribution requirements. The sub-groups met regularly and conducted interviews with colleagues who play key roles in the current curriculum. 

Winter 2016

Early meetings included discussion of:


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