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Topic/Subtitle Courses

Courses that can be taught on several distinct topics are referred to as "Topic Courses."  These courses:

  • are listed in the catalog with generic "umbrella" titles but are offered with specific topics/subtitles in the Class Schedule;
  • provide an umbrella course format for courses with closely related topics, learning outcomes, and assessment methodologies;
  • are valuable for faculty designing a new course with a faster approval process;
  • appear on students' transcripts with the specific topic/subtitle; and
  • are usually repeatable under different topics/subtitles.

An example of a topic course is ENGL 439 Topics in British Literature (4 units), repeatable up to 12 units with different topics/subtitles like Jane Austen Fiction & Film, Gothic Monsters, and Orwell.

Note that Topic Courses are distinct from Selected Topics Courses (e.g., 270, 470, 471, 570, 571).



Academic Senate Resolution: AS-503-98/CC "Resolution on Experimental Courses". Approved 18 September 1998.

Cal Poly Office of the Registrar: "Curriculum Handbook: Course Policies and Guidelines".

Updated: 9/20/2023


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