Elaboration of COLL 100, COLL 150

COLL 100

COLL 100 courses are organized around “big ideas” and differ in purpose from traditional survey courses.

Courses with the COLL 100 attribute may be offered within departments/programs or across them via cross-listing or team teaching. They may also be offered outside the department/program structure as an independent course with the COLL subject prefix.

COLL 100, like COLL 150, is required of all first-year students. Typically students will take these courses in different semesters. COLL 100 is required of freshman transfer students.

Class size is limited to 25 students. EPC will consider proposals to increase class size.

COLL 100 courses may provide credit toward a major or minor at a department or program’s option.

COLL 100 courses carry four credits. The award of four credits reflects the rigor and workload expected of these courses.

Whether TE or NTE, the faculty member teaching a COLL 100 course will have at least one semester of teaching experience at William & Mary.

A student must receive a grade of C- or better to fulfill the COLL 100 requirement. (starting 2018-19)

EPC may delegate the review of portions of course proposals to a subcommittee.

COLL 150

COLL 150 courses typically focus on a narrow topic, giving students an opportunity for in-depth analysis and interpretation.

Courses with the COLL 150 attribute may be offered within departments/programs or across them via cross-listing or team teaching. They may also be offered outside the department/program structure as an independent course with the COLL subject prefix.

COLL 150, like COLL 100, is required of all first-year students. Typically students will take these courses in different semesters. COLL 150 is required of transfer students.

Class size is limited to 15 students.

COLL 150 courses may provide credit toward a major or minor at a department or program’s option.

COLL 150 courses carry four credits. The award of four credits reflects the rigor and workload expected of these courses.

Whether TE or NTE, the faculty member teaching a COLL 150 course will have at least one semester of teaching experience at William & Mary.

A student must receive a grade of C- or better to fulfill the COLL 150 requirement.

EPC may delegate the review of portions of course proposals to a subcommittee.

Additional Elaboration

  • Once approved, a particular COLL 100 or COLL 150 topic may be repeated any number of times without EPC approval, although EPC reserves the authority to request re-submission at any time.
  • COLL 100s and 150s will not normally be approved for the summer sessions. 
  • COLL 100s and 150s can be cross-listed as 100s and 150s, but they should not be cross-listed with courses of other types.   
  • Topics that were offered as 150s and 150Ws in the old system need to go through the COLL 150 approval process before they are offered as COLL 150s, as expectations have changed somewhat.
COLL 150 Courses Taught in French or Spanish

In Spring 2016, EPC considered the question of whether a COLL 150 course may be offered in a language other than English. After consulting with the Writing Committee and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, EPC affirmed the prospect of COLL 150 courses taught in French or Spanish, with the language noted in the official course description. Further, EPC required that at least one course assignment be written in English and:

  • Be considered a "formal" assignment
  • Use a thesis-support format typical of U.S. academic essays
  • Be at least 5 pages long
  • Emphasize close textual analysis
  • Include integration of sources
  • Require a revision after receiving professor comments
  • Be assigned as either the second paper or around midterm

The course syllabus may be written in French or in Spanish and must be available in English, on request, for the purposes of SACS evaluation.