Streamlined Submittal Process

The Breadth Governance Board (BGB) is piloting a streamlined submittal process for Ways approval.  A great many disciplines represented by departments map onto a specific Way.  For these disciplines, experience has shown that the Way approval should typically be straightforward.

The BGB has created an initial list of departments where the majority of courses certified to date have been a natural fit for a particular Way.  We are limiting this pilot of the streamlined submittal process to involve one Way per department. See below for this list.

  1. Verify that the course you have chosen for a Way is in the home department listed below.  If the department is not listed, you will need to submit via the Standard submittal process.
  2. Contact your Chair, Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), undergraduate curriculum committee, or faculty director.  Will s/he endorse your course for streamlined approval? If so, go to step 3.  If not endorsed, you may still submit the course via the Standard submittal process.
  3. Submit your class to the Ways submittal portal.  With your department’s endorsement, your syllabus need not be highly detailed – simply submit whatever you are using or planning on using for a syllabus. You will also need to provide a minimum of one learning outcome.  For further information about your particular Way, along with examples of learning outcomes, please go to Ways Guidelines.  You may also download the Learning Outcome Examples (PDF). If you need assistance in submitting your course, please complete the Instructor Submission Form for your Way and give it to your department's undergraduate Student Services Officer or course administrator.
  4. Once you have submitted the course, ask your DUS, undergraduate curriculum committee or faculty director to notify the BGB, at, indicating that s/he endorses having your course reviewed via the streamlined review process.  

Learn more about each Way in the Ways Guidelines

Download the instructions for submitting your course

Download the instructor submission form for a Way

Submit Your Course

Department Endorsement Instructions (FOR CHAIR OR DUS)

Approved for Pilot Streamlined Submission

Departments approved for the streamlined pilot program:

  • Aeronautics & Astronautics - AQR
  • Anthropology – SI
  • Applied Physics – SMA
  • Art History - AII
  • Art Studio – CE
  • Bioengineering – SMA
  • Biology – SMA
  • Chemical Engineering – AQR
  • Chemistry – SMA
  • China - AII
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering – SMA
  • Classics - AII
  • Communication – SI
  • Comparative Literature - AII
  • Computational & Mathematical Eng. – FR
  • Computer Science – FR
  • Dance – CE
  • Division of Literatures, Cultures, & Lang. - AII
  • Earth Systems Science – SMA
  • Earth, Energy, & Environmental Sciences – SMA
  • Economics - SI
  • Electrical Engineering – SMA
  • Energy Resources Engineering – SMA
  • English (creative writing) – CE
  • English (non-creative writing) – AII
  • Film Production – CE
  • Film Studies – AII
  • French – AII
  • Geological Sciences - SMA
  • Geophysics – SMA
  • German – AII
  • History – SI
  • Iberian & Latin American Cultures – AII
  • Italian – AII
  • Japan – AII
  • Korea – AII
  • Linguistics – FR
  • Management Science & Engineering – AQR
  • Material Science - SMA
  • Mathematics – FR
  • Mechanical Engineering – AQR
  • Music (non-practice, non-performance) – AII
  • Music (practice, performance) – CE
  • Philosophy – AII
  • Physics – SMA
  • Political Science – SI
  • Psychology – SI
  • Religious Studies – AII
  • Slavic – AII
  • Sociology – SI
  • Statistics - AQR
  • TAPS (non-performance) – AII
  • TAPS (performance) – CE

Courses in the following programs are not included in the pilot streamlined program:  IDPs, professional schools (e.g., Business, Education, Law, Medicine), BOSP and off campus programs, VPUE programs (e.g., ILEs, PWR, Thinking Matters), Ways-Ethical Reasoning and Ways-Engaging Diversity courses, and courses submitted for two Ways (non-streamlined Way).  Instead, please submit these courses via the Standard Submittal Process