Course Attributes

Course attributes are system codes used to categorize sections of courses for purposes such as course scheduling and publishing. The assignment of course attributes is managed by the Office of the University Registrar in coordination with academic units across the University. Many course attributes can be used as search criteria in the Course Catalog and Class Search.

The "Interdisciplinary Themes" course attribute emphasizes complex, thematic, and integrative learning across multiple academic fields.

Click the menu headings below for more information on each.

Civic Learning

Definition: Largely didactic classes that offer students the opportunity to think critically about complex issues, consider differing points of view, and reflect on the capacities necessary to participate with others to improve the quality of life for people and sustainability of the planet.

Learn more: 
Civic Learning and Civic Learning + Engagement Course Attributes and Proposal Checklist (PDF)
Starting a Civic Learning Course Attribute Proposal (PDF)

Civic Learning + Engagement

Definition: Classes that involve students in mutually beneficial community engagement with intermediary organizations or members of the broader public. These community engagements offer students the opportunity to improve the quality of life for people and sustainability of the planet.

Learn more: 
Civic Learning and Civic Learning + Engagement Course Attributes and Proposal Checklist (PDF)
Starting a Civic Learning + Engagement Course Attribute Proposal (PDF)

Sustainability: Sustainability Focused

Definition: The course addresses sustainability as an integrated multidisciplinary concept, highlighting the interaction and tradeoffs between ecological, social and economic systems. A sustainability-focused course addresses sustainability as an integrated concept throughout, highlighting the interconnectivity between all three pillars: social, economic, and environmental dimensions. Note that courses can be sustainability-focused or sustainability-related but cannot be both.

Learn more: 
Sustainability Distinction webpage
Starting a Sustainability Course Attribute Proposal (PDF)

Sustainability: Sustainability Related

Definition: The course addresses sustainability as an integrated multidisciplinary concept, highlighting the interaction and tradeoffs between ecological, social and economic systems. A sustainability-related course or program incorporates sustainability as a distinct component or concentrates on the interconnection between two of the three pillars: social, economic, and environmental dimensions. Note that courses can be sustainability-focused or sustainability-related but cannot be both.

Learn more: 
Sustainability Distinction webpage
Starting a Sustainability Course Attribute Proposal (PDF)

Honors

Definition: Honors courses address the educational needs of talented, motivated, and intellectually curious undergraduates. Honors courses are intended to encourage curricular breadth and/or depth, to emphasize free inquiry as a stimulus to independent thought, and to foster a disciplined intelligence through the critical understanding of ideas and principles.

Learn more: 
Honors Distinction webpage
Starting an Honors Course Attribute Proposal (PDF)