Proposing a Special Topics Course

GW departments may offer two types of special topics courses.

The first type allows schools and departments to offer an ever-changing menu of courses that address current developments or special-interest topics in an aspect of the larger subject taught by the department or school; or, to offer specialty courses taught by visiting faculty.

The second type is used for courses that are offered on an experimental basis with the intent of making them a permanent part of the curriculum if they succeed; or, to offer the initial specialty courses of new regular members of the faculty. It is generally expected that the process of establishing an experimental course as a regular course will begin after the topic has been taught twice.