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Arts & Humanities Curriculum Committee

The School of Arts and Humanities Dean's Office
Shuster Hall, Room 382
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West
Bronx, NY 10468
Phone: 718-960-8675 / Fax: 718-960-8548/ Email: arts.humanities@lehman.cuny.edu

Departments begin the process of curricular change by sending their proposals to Sophia Diamantis-Fry (sophia.diamantisfry@lehman.cuny.edu) at Academic Programs in the Office of Academic Affairs. Ms Diamantis-Fry sends the proposals to (a) the Senate Curriculum Committee Chairs, (b) the School of Arts and Humanities Dean's Office, and (c) the Arts and Humanities Curriculum Committee (AHCC).

The faculty members of the AHCC check the proposals, on their own and in conjunction with the Departments and the Dean's Office, while the Senate CCs wait. Once proposals have been revised by the AHCC and approved by the Department and the Dean's Office, they are sent to the Senate Curriculum Committee(s). Proposals approved by Lehman Senate Curriculum Committee(s) are forwarded to the Lehman College Senate for a vote, and then on to CUNY's central office for final approval. Curriculum changes are then entered into Smart Catalogue and appear in the Bulletin.

The following links will help departments as they plan, submit, and revise their proposals. (NOTE: Department faculty, including their AHCC members, are responsible for initiating the curriculum changes by submitting proposals that fully conform to the curriculum-change templates provided on the links on this page. Faculty are also responsible for making sure that Student Learning Outcomes included on their proposals match those outlined in their Departments' Assessments map)

AHCC (Arts & Humanities Curriculum Committee) MEMBERSHIP 2013-2014

Department faculty member E-mail
African and African American Studies Mary Phillips mary.phillips@lehman.cuny.edu
Art Sharon Jordan sharon.jordan@lehman.cuny.edu
Paula Loscocco (Chair) paula.loscocco@lehman.cuny.edu
History Robert Valentine robert.valentine@lehman.cuny.edu
Journalism, Communication, Theater

Philip Ruiz & Claudia Case

philip.ruiz@lehman.cuny.edu claudia.case@lehman.cuny.edu
Languages and Literatures Alexandra Coller alexandra.coller@lehman.cuny.edu
Latin American, Latino, and Puerto Rican Studies 
Teresita Levy
Music David Claman david.claman@lehman.cuny.edu
Jessica Gordon-Roth jessica.gordonroth@lehman.cuny.edu
Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
Christine Rota-Donahue
A&H Dean
Deirdre Pettipiece deirdre.pettipiece@lehman.cuny.edu
A&H Associate Dean Gina Dominique Hersey gina.dominique@lehman.cuny.edu

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Click here to link to the Lehman College Senate Curriculum Committees

Professor Barbara Jacobson (718-960-8841) is the Chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

  • The UCC meets the same Wednesday as the Lehman College Senate. The UCC items deadline is always the Wednesday prior to the UCC meeting.

Professor Janet DeSimone (718-960-4993) is the Chair of the Graduate Studies Commitee.

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Click here to link to the Lehman College Senate Schedule

During the academic year, departments should allow at least two weeks (and more, for complex proposals) prior to the items deadline to enable proposals to go through both the School and Senate curriculum committees.

Departments are strongly advised to send a representative to all Curriculum Committee and Senate meetings in which departmental proposals are discussed.

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Click here to link to the CUNY Deadline Calendar.

Proposals approved by the Lehman College Senate proceed to the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs (OAA), the Committee on Academic Program, Policy, and Research (CAPPR), and the CUNY Board.

The CUNY Deadline Calendar explains how long it will take for final CUNY approval after proposals have left the Lehman Senate. As the Calendar indicates, the date for likely CUNY approval depends on when Senate-approved proposals arrive at the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs.

Lehman College must approve any University Curriculum Committee recommendations before proposals can proceed to the CUNY Board. Courses can be added can into the Smart Catalogue within a week of CUNY approval. Courses appear in the online Lehman Bulletin about a month after they are entered into the Smart Catalogue.

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During the 2013-2014 academic year, the relevant curricular change individuals are:

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Chair: Professor Barbara Jacobson (barbara.jacobson@lehman.cuny.edu)

Graduate Curriculum Committee Chair: Professor Janet DeSimone (janet.desimone@lehman.cuny.edu)

Arts and Humanities Curriculum Committee Chair: Professor Paula Loscocco (paula.loscocco@lehman.cuny.edu)

Associate Dean, School of Arts and Humanities: Dean Gina Dominique Hersey (gina.dominique@lehman.cuny.edu)

In the School of Arts and Humanities, the proper procedure for proposing curriculum changes is as follows:
Proposals are first approved by Departmental (not P&B) vote. The Department then sends the approved proposals to Sophia Diamantis-Fry (sophia.diamantisfry@lehman.cuny.edu) at Academic Programs in the Academic Affairs Office, who then sends the approved proposals to: (a) the Senate Committee Chairs, (b) the Arts and Humanities Dean's Office, and (c) the Arts and Humanities Curriculum Committee (AHCC).

Note:  Owing to a new requirement by CUNY Central, some proposals for changes to programs will require additional information regarding course syllabi and instructors.  In these cases, the AHCC chair will notify the Department after receiving the proposal.  Please send this information to the AHCC chair prior to Senate approval.  Once the proposal is approved by the Senate, this information will be added to what is sent to CUNY central.

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To propose curricular changes in Degree Requirements, Existing Courses, New Courses or to Withdraw Courses, department faculty must complete and submit the corresponding following templates:

To change existing programs and courses, please submit your curricular change in this format:

    • The “From” section of each template should follow existing Bulletin copytext exactly. Deformat any text copied from online, removing hyperlinks and hypertext.
    • Verify that proposed course numbers and codes are accurate. For undergraduate courses,visit this web page and click on “Course Offerings, Levels and Codes,” “Course Levels,” “Course Categories,” and “List of Alpha Codes.” For graduate courses,visit this web page and click on “Curricula and Course Offerings,” “Cross-listed Courses,” “Course Levels,” and “Index of Course Abbreviations (Alpha Codes).” NB:  All new courses now have four-digit numeric codes, created by adding a zero to the end of the old three-digit codes.
    • Align each template’s “Student Learning Outcomes” with the Department’s current Assessment Goals. Student Learning Outcomes consist of actions students should be able to perform by the end of the course.
    • Bold-bracket all changes in the “From” section. Underline all changes in the “To” section.

To propose an entirely new degree program, which is not covered by the instructions and templates listed above, send a formal Letter of Intent to CUNY. Departments should expect a delay of 3+ semesters while CUNY seeks information on funding and assesses University-wide demand for the proposed program. (New minors and new BA/MA proposals do not require a Letter of Intent.)

For an outline of the curricular change process, departments may refer to Lehman's curriculum change flowchart.

For current Gen Ed courses listings, departments may refer to the Gen Ed pages in the Bulletin:


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As departments prepare the “Changes in Degree Requirements” form, they should consult the Academic Programs Inventory for Lehman College (pdf file).

    • The “Program Code”, used by the New York State Education Department to register programs, is the five-digit number that appears at the top left of each entry in boldface.

    • A program’s “Hegis #” (Higher Education General Information Survey) appears on the left in the form 0000.00.

    • A “Major Code,” used by the Lehman College Registrar to keep track of majors, is the three-digit number that is indented from the left-hand margin.

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