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Submitting SWS Course Proposals

Supplemental Writing Skills (SWS) courses are proposed to and approved by the University Writing Skills Committee.

Preparing Your SWS Course Proposal

Before beginning your proposal, review the following GVSU SWS documents:

If you are creating an online or hybrid SWS course, you must also review Preparing an SWS Online or Hybrid Course Proposal.

To obtain SWS course approval, the University Writing Skills Committee requires that your proposal include
  1. A course syllabus of record for SWS. Make certain that the course syllabus follows the instructions at How to Construct an SWS Course Syllabus.
  2. A cover letter. A brief letter addressed to the committee requesting SWS approval of the course syllabus. If you are preparing an online or hybrid SWS course, your letter must also include a detailed explanation of how the course will meet the four hours of class writing discussion/activities and 3,000 words of writing requirements.

NOTE: If approved, the submitted course syllabus becomes the SWS syllabus of record and is filed with the Registrar. Thus, the syllabus must stand on its own without the need of further clarification in the cover letter.

Formatting & Submission

Prepare a word processing document in Microsoft Word format which contains your proposal letter and the SWS course syllabus. Submit the document by email to

Lindsey Ellis
Director of Writing Across the Curriculum


Course proposals can be submitted at any time. The following deadlines allow time for an approved course to be included in the next-year's schedule of classes.

  • Courses to be approved for Fall semester: proposal to the committee by the previous October 15.
  • Courses to be approved for Winter semester: proposals to the committee by the previous April 15.
  • Courses to be approved for the Spring/Summer semester: proposals to the committee by the previous October 15.
  Last Modified Date: June 9, 2015
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