Form NC:

New Course Proposal





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I. Give complete UMM catalog entry (see instructions).

Engl 3041. Chaucer. (Hum; 4 cr; QP-1501; SP-1100, 2011)

Concentrating on the Canterbury Tales but also reading some of Chaucer’s shorter poetry, students will study the writing of this influential poet--especially his range of genres and language--as well as explore his fourteenth-century context (such things as politics, plague, antifeminism, anticlericalism, peasants’ rebellions).

II. Rationale (see instructions):

No regular course offerings in medieval literature exist, and a Chaucer course is the obvious place to begin. Chaucer was enormously influential in his own time and continued to be influential into the nineteenth century. His range in terms of genre and language is remarkable, and, as a result, his works offer a glimpse of the whole Middle English period as well as a sense of what a single author could accomplish. While the discipline has offered a variable topics course that surveys medieval literature, we are, among comparable colleges, the only school not to offer a Chaucer course.

III. Other Course Information

First semester to be offered:


Principal Faculty Sponsor(s):

Janet Schrunk Ericksen

Is course repeatable? (if yes, give max cr)


To what quarter course(s) does this correspond?


Course Type (choose one from instruction sheet):


Course requires:(check all that apply):


Laboratory sections


Recitation/discussion sections

IV. Assessment Information

Please state clearly and briefly the GOALS of this course.

The goals of this course include providing students with a well-developed understanding of Chaucer’s writing, in terms of genre, style, and language, as well as some sense of the contexts that both play into that writing and into which the writing was received. Students will also gain a better sense of why Chaucer was influential and what those influences were--or are. Because the readings will be in Middle English, the course will additionally improve understanding of the history and structure of English and the processes by which Middle English became Modern English.

How will you ASSESS the success of this course in achieving the GOALS described above?

Coursework assessment will be in two primary areas: understanding of the texts and understanding of Middle English. A midterm and a final examination will show students’ progress in both. Daily reading/translating assignments and, if necessary, occasional quizzes, will help the instructor assess students’ grasp of Middle English as we move along, as will class discussion; two-three analytical essays, at least one involving secondary material, will allow students to develop and display their grasp of the texts.

V. GER Exception Request

If no GER category is being designated for this course, give rationale for exception:


VI. Honors Rationale

If an Honors course, please outline how your proposed course will fit the Honors Program guidelines.


Regular Approval Process:

For long-term approval, curricular change forms must go through the following regular approval process (put check in box and date when approved):



Step #




Discipline approves (sends hard copy and electronic copy of proposal to #2)




Division approves (Division Chair sends proposal to #3)




Curriculum Committee approves (sends proposal to #4)




Campus Assembly approves. (New courses become effective immediately following Campus Assembly approval.)

Provisional Approval Process:

If time does not allow for the regular approval procedures to be completed before the course is to be taught, or if a course will be taught only once, "provisional approval" can be secured for a one-time offering of the course. For provisional approval, curricular change forms must go through the following process (put check in box and date when approved):



Step #




Discipline approves (sends hard copy and electronic copy of proposal to #2)




Division Chair, approving for one-time offering, sends proposal to #3




Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, with concurrence of the Division Chairs, approves the course for a one-time offering