Cross Listed Courses Policy

Policy Number: 
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Last Revised: 
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Classes at SPSCC may be cross-listed in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • A cross-listed course has two or more disciplinary prefixes that share the same course number.
  • A student may receive credit for the course in any of the cross-listed disciplines any time the course is offered, but may not take the same cross-listed course in more than one discipline for credit.
  • Cross-listed courses must contain substantial overlap between multiple disciplines in the course’s subject matter and/or largely consist of interdisciplinary content.
  • Cross-listed courses should benefit students in meeting graduation, pre-requisite, transfer, or other needs.
  • Cross-listed courses must be eligible to be taught by faculty from any of the cross-listed departments.
  • Neither common-course-numbered courses nor courses from different distribution areas may be cross-listed.
  • Faculty proposing a course for cross-listing consideration must submit multiple course outline forms, one for each proposed course designation. Other than the course number, these outlines should be identical.
  • Course descriptions for cross-listed courses will note the cross-listings.
  • Courses being newly considered for cross-listing must be part of the substantive agenda for Instructional Council.
  • FTE’s generated by a cross-listed course will count toward FTE’s for the sponsoring department—the department of assignment for the course’s primary professor and department funding the course.



Cross-listing is an administrative way for two or more departments or programs to share responsibility for the development and maintenance of single interdisciplinary course.

A student taking a cross-listed course may elect to receive credit under any one of those course designations.  Such a course should offer students the opportunity to engage in multidisciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary learning, and should provide faculty an opportunity to collaborate across disciplinary lines.


A cross-listed course is a single course which is offered for credit in more than one academic discipline simultaneously and which is taught by the same professor(s). For example, SOC 209, PSYC 209, and POLS 209 are a single course, Social Science Research Methods.