Proposing a Special Topics Course

GW offers two types of special topics courses. The first type is used 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; another use is 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; another use is to offer the initial specialty courses of incoming new regular faculty. It is generally expected that the process of establishing an experimental course as a regular course will begin after the special topics course has been taught twice.