Curriculum Development


Course development at CAST is a process managed by the Academic Affairs Department. A series of steps are laid out here.

Choose the Right Form

Course Addition, Modification, and Inactivation forms are available from the Registrar's Office Course Catalog Request Information page. Download and fill out the appropriate form from the Registrar's Office. Forms are not directly linked here in order to assure that faculty members are using the current version.

Submit the Form and Syllabus to Academic Affairs

Once the appropriate form is obtained and completed, Course Additions, Modifications, and Inactivations should be submitted to Esther Henley.

The approval process involves several steps and numerous entities, both here at CAST and the main campus. Allow plenty of lead time. Process steps are:

  • Paperwork initially submitted to Academic Affairs (Esther Henley)
  • Review by the Appropriate Department Head
  • CAST Curriculum Committee Review
  • Course is entered into UAccess by Academic Affairs (Esther Henley)
  • Approval by Main Campus departments
  • Course entered into the Academic Catalog
  • Available for scheduling by Academic Affairs

Create a Syllabus (Additions/Modifications)

The course syllabus is to be created and submitted along with the above-referenced forms. CAST maintains syllabus templates in the Instructional Resource Repository. Please note that no syllabus is required for house numbered courses.

Additional Information

Engagement Courses

100% Engagement Experience Courses

100% Engagement is the University of Arizona's commitment that all undergraduate students will have the opportunity to apply their learning to real-world challenges through an upper-division course or significant non-credit learning experience such as an internship, undergraduate research experiences, preceptorship, senior capstone, study abroad, fieldwork, performance, student leadership, or service-learning. (

Each experience connects to one of the identified Engagement Activities and to one of the Engagement Competencies which reflect the unique strengths and value of the University of Arizona experience. A detailed description of the Engagement Activities is located at Competencies are located at

Procedure For Credit Engagement Experiences:

The program directors are to determine engagement activities and competencies from the university's list of options that are appropriate for their programs and the content of the selected courses.

Shared Programs (main campus departments)

Program Directors consult with home departments and submit approved courses for modification to the curriculum committee if needed.

Routing: Submit syllabus and main campus department head’s approval to Academic Affairs: Esther Henley

CAST Program Courses

CAST Faculty submit new courses or course modifications in accordance with the Course Modification process outlined above.

Routing:  Program Director, Department Head, Dean

Procedure for Non-credit Engagement Experiences:

Faculty and staff can propose non-credit experiences to participate in the 100 % Engagement Initiative, following CAST and the University Process:

Per UA policy all approved non-credit Engagement experiences must at a minimum:

To view the proposal form, please download this pdf.

Routing:  Program Director, Department Head, Dean