Form NC:

New Course Proposal





Form NC #:





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

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

Intensive study of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales as well as some of Chaucer’s shorter poetry. Students will explore genre, language, and context, as well as language and critical reception.

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. The honors section of the course asks more intensive language work of students, as well as requiring additional readings and discussion of those readings (outside of regular class meetings), and a more sophisticated final critical essay.

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 are the same as those for the regular section of it, with these additions: students will work more intensively on pronunciation skills as well as reading fluency in Middle English; students will read and write about more background material and critical material that will give them a more complicated and better developed sense of Chaucer and his period.

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

If the honors students regularly meet with me to discuss the reading (both Chaucer and supplementary), to practice and improve pronunciation, and to craft a sophisticated and well-written final critical essay, the course will have succeeded.

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.

Enriched understanding of Chaucer, of medieval literature, of the fourteenth-century, achieved through more intensive and somewhat more extensive readings, writings, and discussion.

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 #


20 Sept. 2000


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