Section 3.4


Definition: cross-listing (n.) a practice where one course taught in a unit is also listed as a course in a second, third or more units. All sections are taught at one time, in one room by the same instructor(s). Undergraduate courses may also be taught with graduate courses in the same or different units.

Why do we need a policy on cross-listing?

  1. When a topics course is cross-listed with a gen-ed course, the students enrolled in the topics course do not receive gen ed credit, except by the appeal process which may be complicated. This requires extra advising efforts to resolve this and involves unnecessary hurdles for students.
  2. Assume a cross-listing of WS and ENG. If an English major enrolls in the WS course, this will not count for the English major. A policy would allow these courses to be equivalent and alleviate this problem.
  3. When courses are cross-listed, enrollment caps are placed on each of the sections. One section may be filled and another remains wide open. Usually, the enrollments go unmonitored and students are unnecessarily closed out of a course that actually has seats.
  4. Occasionally, students have enrolled in the same course under different cross-listings. Duplicate credit is undetected on advising records until checks for graduation when credits may be removed at the last minute creating credit deficiencies for graduation.
  5. DARS could be coded to catch duplicate cross listing with an established policy.
  6. Excessive cross-listing makes enrollment management difficult. Only manual tallying illuminates adequate/inadequate enrollments to allow sections to be retained according to college guidelines.
  7. Falcon Outfitters is often confused with the numbers of cross-listing and may not order adequate numbers. A cross-listing policy would ensure that students/instructors are timely served with book ordering.


What is the purpose of cross listing?

  1. Allow faculty to teach in another department without depleting elective options for majors in the home department when contents are appropriate to cross list.
  2. Reaches a targeted and broader constituency of students
  3. Allows students to include courses on a checklist that fit more accurately without exceptions or appeal
  4. May prevent duplication of courses and allow efficient use of faculty resources
  5. To support interdisciplinary programs which often require cross-listing to attract students and to promote their areas.


Policy for cross listing

  1. Courses may be cross-listed with a maximum of two other prefixes (and/or course numbers).
  2. Non-variable title courses should be cross listed (when appropriate) with other Non-variable title courses (e.g. ASIA 1800; HIST 1800). The course descriptions of each in the catalog should indicate the cross-listing and inform students that credit is not allowable for both courses. (e.g. with ASIA 1800 - Credit not allowed for HIST 1800.)
  3. Non-variable title courses should not be cross-listed with topics courses under other prefixes. Topics courses may be cross-listed only with other topics courses. A topics course is defined as a catalog course with a variable title.
  4. Graduate/undergraduate cross-listings (4000/5000) are permitted with each prefix.
  5. Cross-listed courses should only be cross-listed with courses at the same level. For example, WS 3xxx as cross-listed with ETHN 3xxx is permissible whereas WS 2xxx cross-listed with ETHN 3xxx is not. The cross-listing of 4000/5000 is an obvious exception.
  6. Titles of all sections of cross-listings as one course experience MUST have the same exact title including spaces, punctuation, abbreviations, capitalization for any semester offered. Consistency for same course experiences offered in subsequent semesters is essential.
  7. A course with new content may be offered only twice under a topics number.
  8. Once a course with new content is offered for two semesters and demonstrates student demand, the course must be blue-sheeted to be established as a regular course. Until the blue-sheeting is in process, the topics course will not be permitted to be scheduled under any prefix or number. Alternatively, if the course with new content does not demonstrate demand after two offerings, it should not be offered.
  9. Each department/unit is responsible for monitoring the enrollments in all cross-listings including monitoring wait lists if applicable.
  10. Cross-listed courses are to be identified each semester with scheduling materials to the College and to Registration and Records. This is not required if the cross-listing is included in the catalog description.
  11. Students cannot earn credit for more than one of a cross-listed pair or group of courses. Should a student enroll in two sections that happen to be cross-listed, duplicate credit hours will be removed from a student's tally toward graduation.


Kristie Foell
Donald McQuarie
Rebecca McOmber
Vickie Shields
Darlene Thomas
Roger Thibault
Approved by A&S Council 10/24/2003