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Cross Listing of Courses (information only)

Cross-listing is a procedure that benefits students by giving them a choice of relevant prefixes under which to take a cross-listed course.

It benefits faculty by giving them an opportunity to collaborate across disciplinary lines.

Cross-listing should be considered, however, only when two or more appropriate departments, each with valid claims to a given subject matter, genuinely wish to collaboration the offering of an identical course. 

Cross listing should not be used to resolve differences or opposition between or among departments over their respective offerings or perhaps similar but not identical courses.

Guidelines for Cross-listing

  • Course proposals and outlines must be identical in title, pre-requisites, outline, classification, units, grading practice and number of times a course may be taken for credit. Each course word description should end with: “Also offered as [cross-listed prefix and number].
  • Generic courses and their variants are not eligible for cross listing.
  • When two or more departments/programs agree to cross-list a course:

    • They shall contact each other each semester to determine interest in offering the course in the following semester.
    • They shall have the option of staffing the course in alternating sequence.
    • They shall not both offer the course in the same semester.
    • Each shall choose its own instructor for the course when it is its “turn”
    • No changes in the course title, prerequisites, description, outline, classification, units, grading practice, or number of times it may be made without the complete agreement of the other department(s).
    • Each shall notify all other participating departments if it is contemplating withdrawing from a cross-listing arrangement subsequent to the course being approved.

October 2006

For further information or advice, please contact your school or college representative on the Academic Affairs Committee on Undergraduate Studies or the Academic Affairs Committee on Undergraduate Studies.