Students, your idea could become a new course at Penn State

September 03, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Do you have an idea for a course that you would like to see at Penn State? The Office for General Education is now accepting student ideas that could be turned into a course that satisfies general education credits. Undergraduate students from all campuses are invited to submit ideas.

Students are asked to fill out a short form at and submit their ideas by Sept. 30. General Education will then work with faculty to develop courses from selected ideas, and the submitting students will have the option of working with faculty during the process. Student participation in the development phase is not mandatory.

Maggie Slattery, associate dean for General Education at Penn State, said this is a way for students to have a hand in developing courses that are timely and relevant.

“We’re interested in seeing what students think is important,” Slattery said. “This gives them another way to advocate for what they want to learn. General education is actually a great place for this to happen since this is where students can explore new ideas and interests.”

Students are encouraged to search the University Bulletin to make sure there isn’t already a similar course, before submitting ideas.

The Office for General Education is part of the Office of Undergraduate Education, the academic and administrative unit that provides leadership and coordination for University-wide programs and initiatives in support of undergraduate teaching and learning at Penn State. Learn more about Undergraduate Education at

Last Updated September 09, 2021