Required Syllabi Content

Course Syllabi and Assignments

Here are some sample syllabi and assignments provided by our instructors. You are welcome to submit new syllabi any time as we are constantly looking to update this page. You are also welcome to “borrow” ideas from these syllabi and assignment design. The purpose of this page is to provide a platform for instructors in our program to share their work.

If you are not an instructor in the Lower Division Program at GSU and wish to use some of these syllabi or assignments, please contact the appropriate instructor for permission.

Required Content for All Syllabi at GSU

Each term, all teaching faculty must provide by the end of the first week of class a copy of a course syllabus to each student in their classes. This is University policy. Also, a copy of each syllabus should be emailed to Chris Burton in the front office, no later than the end of the first week of class. We keep these on file for all of us to view. The University Policy also states that course syllabi shall contain the following items of information (see sample syllabi in Courses section of this handbook):

  1. complete course title and number; name of professor; term, year;
  2. statement of faculty member’s accessibility to students outside of class (e.g., office hours, telephone number);
  3. prerequisites (if any) for the course;
  4. course objectives that specify measurable and/or observable student learning outcomes. These learning outcomes should state course objectives in language that makes explicit the knowledge and skills students should have after completing the course. Consequently, these objectives may be quantitative or qualitative, as appropriate for the learning outcomes. The learning outcomes for general education courses are available at as approved by the GSU Senate 2/13/04.
  5. course assignments (e.g., required readings and activities) and due dates;
  6. specific course requirements (e.g., written and oral tests and reports, research papers; performances). In cross-listed undergraduate and graduate classes, the course requirements will clearly specify how the nature (quality and/or quantity) of the work expected of students and the criteria for evaluation of the work produced be commensurate with the degree level. Any projects and/or other activities required specifically of graduate students taking the course and the criteria by which student work will be judged must differentiate graduate-level from undergraduate-level work;
  7. grading policy: how the final grade is to be determined with respect to the weights assigned to various course requirements;
  8. attendance policy (see current University general Catalog for University guidelines). Syllabi should state specific requirements for attendance including requirements for the frequency and kind of participation by designated channels;
  9. list of text(s) or other required course materials;
  10. make-up examination policy;
  11. all syllabi should include the following statement:

    “The course syllabus provides a general plan for the course; deviations may be necessary.”

  12. all syllabi should refer to the Policy on Academic Honesty (Section 409).
  13. all syllabi should include the following statement:

    “Your constructive assessment of this course plays an indispensable role in shaping education at Georgia State. Upon completing the course, please take time to fill out the online course evaluation.”

  14. all syllabi should include the following statement:

    “Students who wish to request accommodation for a disability may do so by registering with the Office of Disability Services. Students may only be accommodated upon issuance by the Office of Disability Services of a signed Accommodation Plan and are responsible for providing a copy of that plan to instructors of all classes in which accommodations are sought.

  15. English department syllabi for should include a statement about Senior Portfolios that includes the following information:

    English Major Senior Portfolios: (include this statement on your syllabi, too)

    English Majors and the Graduation Portfolio

    The English department at GSU requires an exit portfolio of all students graduating with a degree in English. Ideally, students should work on this every semester, selecting 1-2 papers from each course in the major and revising them, with direction from faculty members. The portfolio includes revised work and a reflective essay about what you’ve learned.


    Each concentration (literature, creative writing, rhetoric/composition, and secondary education) within the major has specific items to place in the portfolio, so be sure to download the packet from our website at In preparation for this assessment, each student must apply for graduation with the Graduation office and also sign up in the English Department portfolio assessment system at


    The Senior Portfolio is due at the midpoint of the semester you intend to graduate. Please check the university’s academic calendar for that date. Please direct questions about your portfolio to a faculty advisor or the instructor of your senior seminar. You may also contact Dr. Mark Noble, Director of Undergraduate Studies, for more information.

  16. Incompletes:

    Receiving a grade of “incomplete” – in order to receive an incomplete, a student must inform the instructor, either in person or in writing, of his/her inability (non-academic reasons) to complete the requirements of the course. Incompletes will be assigned at the instructor’s discretion (if you have specific criteria for assigning incompletes, put them here)and the terms for removal of the “I” are dictated by the instructor. A grade of incomplete will only be considered for students who are a) passing the course with a C or better, b) present a legitimate, non-academic reason to the instructor, and c) have only one major assignment left to finish.