Request for Elevation of a Concentration to a Full Degree Program

Elevating a Concentration

The department may determine that an existing concentration program should become a full degree program. This type of proposal requires full campus approval, as well as approval from the CSU Office of the Chancellor, via Academic Programs and Services.

Process for Elevating a Concentration to a Degree Program

Initiating a proposal to elevate a concentration to a full degree program begins in Curriculog as follows:

  1. Log into Curriculog
  2. Select the New Proposal Icon, new-proposal
  3. Select the "Programs" Tab
  4. Select "Program - Concentration - Elevation to Full Degree" to elevate an existing concentration to a full degree program
  5. Select the "Start Proposal" icon checkmark to begin your proposal

Elevation of a Concentration to a Full Degree Program Approval Process

The approval process proceeds as follows:
  1. Department Chair
  2. Dean and/or Associate Dean Office Review
  3. College Curriculum Committee
  4. Dean Approval
  5. Consultation (Newly approved curriculum reviewed by all Department Chairs and Associate Deans. Colleges/Departments have five working days to review proposals and submit any comments within Curriculog.) If no consultation is requested, proposal proceeds to the next step.
  6. Academic Programs and Services (Technical Review and Director, Associate Dean/Dean approval)
  7. Committee on Academic Planning and Resources (CAPR)
  8. Committee on Instruction and Curriculum (CIC)
  9. Executive Committee of the Academic Senate (ExCom)
  10. Academic Senate
  11. University President
  12. WASC Substantive Screening, via Academic Programs and Services
  13. CSU Office of the Chancellor, via Academic Programs and Services
  14. University Curriculum Coordinator facilitates the completion of the proposal and addition into the catalog

To ensure the integrity of degree programs, each approved degree title is to be associated with only one set of curricular requirements. Requirements in addition to the core curriculum may be achieved through use of a subprogram (an option, concentration, or special emphasis), as noted in Executive Order 1071. The program core shall represent the majority of required units so that the program's major core curriculum and associated student learning outcomes related to the core can be achieved by all enrolled students, regardless of subprogram pursued.

(See Frequently Asked Questions for more information on Executive Order 1071).

Semester Catalog Curriculum Deadlines

A department should initiate this process in Fall two years prior to implementationAcademic Programs and Services deadlines are outlined in the Master Curriculum Calendar. College deadlines are set earlier, so please check with your College Curriculum Coordinator for college-specific curriculum submission deadlines.