Thank you to all of you who have contributed to our university Core. Please continue to propose courses, using the course approval guidelines, criteria and forms.

Proposals are considered on a rolling basis so please feel free to submit a proposal at any time. You should allow 6-8 weeks (not counting holidays and semester breaks) for courses to be approved. If substantial revisions are required, it may be longer. Please make sure you submit your proposals early enough to meet any relevant deadlines (such as for Bulletin changes, or to appear in PROWL for registration).


Proposals must be approved by your department chair/program director and Dean of your school/college. Once approved, the proposal will be reviewed by an approval committee, populated by faculty with expertise in the core category and chaired by a member of the UCCC, using the criteria as approved by the various faculty working groups.

The approval committee may recommend approval to the UCCC or it may send the proposal back to you for clarification and revision. Once the approval committee is satisfied that the proposal meets the criteria as established for each core category, it will send the approved proposal to the UCCC for final approval. You will be notified by the chair of the approval committee, with a cc: to your chair/director and dean.

Faculty may request a full review by the UCCC at any time.


Once a course has been approved by the UCCC, it is up to the faculty member to work with his/her department chair/program director and associate dean to schedule the course.


  1. No class may carry more than 2 flags.

  2. Core approvals are for the course, not the faculty teaching the course. Once a course is approved, it is expected that the course will be taught from semester to semester in accordance with the core attributes. The core attributes for a course can not be dropped or added year after year by the faculty member. Departments should take care to monitor courses for adherence to the core criteria.

  3. Chair/director endorsement of a course is a commitment that the department/program will teach the course as approved, regardless of faculty teaching the course.


A Core Information Guide has been prepared to help advisors and advisees negotiate the new core. This is especially helpful to continuing students who opt into the new Core.

Each school or college has determined the best way to explain the information contained in the guide, and each school or college has prepared specific guidelines for their continuing sophomore and junior students, based on the approved policies found in the guide.  Our aim is that continuing students will be able to understand the new Core and their options for moving into it in relation to their major and college requirements for graduation. It is imperative that colleges and schools support the students as they gather information and make this transition.

CONTACT INFORMATION: To propose a course or ask a question about the core, please contact us at newcore@lmu.edu.