Creation of a Concentration

Academic Senate Curriculum Committee Policy for Creation of a Concentration

Description

To further our mission of providing a career centered education, and to allow undergraduate and graduate students to pursue an organized, coherent course of study, NYIT will create the official designation of "concentration." Just as an academic major gives an employer or professional school an idea of one's ability to specialize and to develop an understanding in depth of a particular discipline, an academic concentration provides an opportunity to develop expertise in a specialized area of the student's major. The concentration will be administered in the following manner:

  1. A concentration shall be defined as a set of courses within the student's major with a coherence based on subject, methodology, or other factors. Concentrations shall be no less than 12 and no more than 18 credits. For undergraduate concentrations, only one of the courses may be at the 200 level; all other courses must be at the 300 level or above, and may not be courses that are required of all majors.
  2. Each concentration will be created, submitted, and administered by the originating department or program (not all programs will offer a concentration). Proposals must follow the new program proposal guidelines submission process as outlined below.
  3. A student wishing to pursue a concentration should consult with their major advisor and fill out an "intent to earn a concentration" form. Copies of the completed form will be sent to the registrar and to the chair of the department so that the student's degree audit can be altered to include the concentration course requirements. Thereafter, students should meet periodically with the adviser for the concentration to ensure that they are on track to complete the requirements of the concentration before graduation.
  4. Courses taken to fulfill the concentration must be in addition to any courses taken to fulfill either NYIT's Core requirements.
  5. The chairperson or director of the concentration can approve the substitution of one appropriate course on the condition that the course meets the criteria for the concentration. If a particular course has been substituted regularly, the concentration program must be amended to include the new course.
  6. Upon graduation, the student's transcript and diploma will reflect both the major and the concentration earned.

Procedure

A department/program wishing to offer one or more concentrations will prepare a proposal and submit it through the school and Senate Curriculum Committee, then to the Academic Senate, and finally to NYSED, for review and approval. The proposal for a concentration should include a degree map for students not enrolled in the proposed concentration and a degree map for students who are pursuing the concentration. The proposal should also include the list of courses from which the student may choose as well as any sequencing of courses that might be required. Any new courses will have to be submitted for approval along with the concentration proposal.

This designation of concentration will not affect the already existing "minor concentration" curricula offered within various programs and does not apply to the Interdisciplinary Studies program or combined degree programs.

Proposal approved on 1/27/12 by the curriculum committee and approved by the Academic Senate on 2/17/12.