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".