Faculty should refer to the links below to update the listing in the course catalog for a department or program.

Guidelines for Updating Introductory Section

If you have questions about a subsection of the copy, refer to appropriate examples in the Kenyon course catalog. Be sure to check all references to specific courses in the introductory description of the department, major, minor, concentration, in current course descriptions, and in the listing of courses to be offered in subsequent years. Be sure course titles and numbers are consistent throughout.

Departmental Section Introductions should be organized in up to ten sections, which will be maintained and revised every three years unless there are significant CPC approved changes to requirements.

  1. A brief description of the discipline or program, or department's mission.
  2. First-year and New Student section — a brief paragraph explaining your introductory courses. This section will help guide new students and students taking courses in your department for the first time. Every department must provide this section, and courses appropriate for first-year students should be noted in the catalog listing as well. Please, do not repeat the course descriptions in this section. Repeated course descriptions will be removed.
  3. Discussion of the specific curriculum of your department or program. Although this section may not be necessary, you may want to include some general caveats regarding your department's curriculum beyond discussion of appropriate introductory courses.
  4. Requirements for the major. This section will serve as a contract with your majors who declare next year, so please review this section. Here you may want to include information for potential majors as well as information for students ready to declare their major. Please review this section for clarity. You might consider using bullet points to make it easier to understand. Any changes to requirements must be approved by CPC.
  5. Description of the Senior Capstone. Please explain the structure and reasoning behind the senior capstone.
  6. Requirements for departmental honors. This section must include your department's minimum requirements to be approved to attempt senior honors. Be sure to include a general description your expectations for a successful completion of honors.
  7. Requirements for minors or concentrations — where appropriate.
  8. Transfer credit policy — explain any limitations to the acceptance of transfer credit toward major, minor/concentration requirements.
  9. Cross-listed courses. If your department or program offers CPC-approved cross-listed courses from other departments or programs, please list all of those courses here, giving the number and title. 

"Cross-listed" courses are those that may be found under two or more departments or programs — for diversification purposes — such as ENVS 112 being paired with biology for natural science diversification or AMST 109 being paired with an art history course for fine arts diversification (see listing). These should be listed consistently in the Course Catalog, as the same course in all appropriate sections. Such courses should reflect the department or program of the primary instructor or discipline. For example, ENVS 112 is listed under environmental studies and AMST 109 is listed under American studies. Please note: the description of each cross-listed course should include information regarding the pairings for diversification. Refer students to the original listing.

Anatomy of a Course Description

Course number

Description: Limited to 250 words, including prerequisites, corequisites and other enrollment restrictions.

Remember to keep your descriptions as general as you can so you do not have to change the description when you tweak the course content. If a course is taught by a rotating list of faculty and each has a slight twist on the class, we recommend putting a more basic description in the catalog, with a note about various directions the course may take.

How the course can be used to satisfy requirements for the major: This is now a requirement for every course listing in the catalog with the new CAPP degree evaluation system in place. 

Prerequisite(s) and/or permission of instructor. 

Frequency of offering: To help students plan their curricula in advance, please include, when possible, the frequency with which a course may be offered.