Syllabus Guidelines

Students should be given a syllabus on the first day of classes. All syllabi for courses offered in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences should include the following items.

Learning Goals, Objectives, or Outcomes

  • These are most often stated in terms of what will students know or be able to do at the end of the course: "At the end of this course, students will be able to  ... "

Grading Requirements

  • A list of the things that students will have to do to get a grade in the course (e.g. paper, presentation, quiz, exam, class participation ... )
  • For more major assignments, at least a brief description of what is expected (e.g. "a 10-page paper in which ... ")
  • A description of how the grade for the course will be distributed over the assignments (e.g. "paper is 50% of grade" or "short review is 30 points out of 150 points" )
  • A description of how the overall percents or points for the course translate into a grade for the course (e.g. "90 - 100% = A")

Schedule of Topics and Assignments

  • Description of how the course will evolve through semester. Most often this is presented as a class by class or week by week schedule that gives the students a clear idea of the expectations for the work for the course and how the topics of the course will advance through the semester
  • Important deadlines so that students have a clear idea of when major assignments will be due

Required and Recommended Readings

  • References listed should model the same citation style that is required for the course.

Disability Statement to Include at least this Information

If you are a student with a disability and you need academic accommodations, please see me and contact the Office of Disability Resources at 703.993.2474. All academic accommodations must be arranged through that office.

Honor Code Statement to Include at least this Information

  • George Mason University has an Honor Code, which requires all members of this community to maintain the highest standards of academic honesty and integrity. Cheating, plagiarism, lying, and stealing are all prohibited.
  • All violations of the Honor Code will be reported to the Honor Committee.

Enrollment Statement to Include at least this Information

Students are responsible for verifying their enrollment in this class.
Schedule adjustments should be made by the deadlines published in the Schedule of Classes. (Deadlines each semester are published in the Schedule of Classes available from the Registrar's Website
Last Day to Add ________
Last Day to Drop ________
After the last day to drop a class, withdrawing from this class requires the approval of the dean and is only allowed for nonacademic reasons.
Undergraduate students may choose to exercise a selective withdrawal. See the Schedule of Classes for selective withdrawal procedures.

These guidelines were developed by the Curriculum Committee and ratified by the College Faculty on December 1, 2008.