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Curriculum Committee
Application Form for
New Optional Concentration
To request to add an optional concentration to the Millsaps college catalog. This form should only be
used if the concentration is optional for a student. For example, some departments require a student
graduate with a major and a concentration. If that is the case, please fill out the “new major application
form” since, in that case, the concentration is embedded in the major. If the concentration is simply an
optional add-on for the student, then this is the appropriate form.
Complete the entire form below.
If the addition of this new optional concentration affects another department, the proposer
should contact the chair of that department and attach email correspondence to show
communication and collaboration.
If the new concentration requires the addition of a new course, please fill out a “Course
Addition” form. Each added course requires its own form.
Similarly, if the new concentration requires changes to an existing course, an “Existing Course
Modification/Deletion” form must accompany this request.
A detailed four-year staffing plan must be submitted with this application.
The proposal must be viewed and signed by the appropriate Divisional Dean (see below) before
being submitted to the Curriculum Committee.
If unsure about the depth of detail required in this form, contact the Chair of the Curriculum
Committee prior to filling the form.
If more room is needed, please add an addendum and clearly identify which item is continued.
Date: ________________________
Submitted by: _________________________________________________________________________
Department: __________________________________________________________________________
Department Chair Signature (e-signature is acceptable): _______________________________________
Proposed New Optional Concentration Name:
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Proposed New Optional Concentration Code (4 letters): ______________
Term New Optional Concentration Will Be Available: __________________________________________
How many credit hours will the new optional concentration be? _______________
Have you spoken with your entire department before submitting this proposal to ensure you are on the
same page? Check one: YES NO
A. What is the expected enrollment in this new optional concentration per year? Provide a data-
informed rationale.
B. What is the purpose and justification for creating this new optional concentration? Provide a data-
informed rationale, and explain how this new concentration aligns with the Millsaps College Mission
Statement and Strategic Plan.
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C. What additional resources (financial and physical, e.g. library, administrative support, faculty lines)
will be needed in order to offer this new optional concentration?
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D. On a separate sheet, submit a detailed four-year staffing plan.
E. How will the addition of this new optional concentration impact current academic programs? (For
example, if this optional concentration is added, will another existing minor change or go away? If
one will go away, please provide detailed information in the space below. If one will change, please
fill out “Major-Minor-Concentration Change” form.)
F. On a separate sheet, create a checklist of requirements for the college catalog.
G. Explain how this checklist was created and detail which other institution’s similar program(s) were
evaluated as a comparison.
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H. Divisional Dean’s signature (e-signature is acceptable) and comments:
I. This form must be submitted to the Curriculum Committee. Signatures below are required for
Chair of the Curriculum Committee
Provost and Dean of the College