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This page is full of resources and links for you to consult when working on a course

Course Proposals

Course Proposal and Review Form: 

Please contact Human Biology Director Paul Fisher ( and Curriculum Committee Chair Anne Friedlander ( to initiate a course proposal. 

Hum Bio is currently seeking proposals in the Following Areas:


Lower Division ("Freshman Friendly" courses)

Please contact Anne Friedlander ( for more information.

Course Design:

Course Classification, Adoption, and Renewal:

Please refer to the following document to learn how HumBio classifies lower division / upper division courses and to learn about the TA allocation and course renewal processes: HumBio Classifications

HumBio Crosslisting Request Criteria:
Crosslisted classes are those for which the primary academic home is another department or program, outside Human Biology.  Cross listing of courses is conducted in accordance with University policy (see: Stanford Faculty Crosslisting Guide). In addition, Human Biology will require the following to initiate or maintain cross listing of classes:
  • The course fits very well within the Program mission, to provide an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the human being from biological, behavioral, social, and cultural perspectives
  • The class requires 3-4 units (rarely 5) consistent with Program requirements
  • Class enrollment is at least 20 students
  • >25% of students enrolled are Human Biology majors
  • Assignment to Human Biology lower or upper division numbering follows the policy outlined in 'HumBio Classifications', linked above

Upon approval for cross listing a course from the curriculum committee, it will be reviewed again by the committee after two iterations of the course to confirm the course continues to meet the above cross listing requirements.


We highly recommend getting your course, new or old, certified for one of Stanford’s general education breadth requirements called Ways of Thinking/Doing (Ways): Ways Certification

Please notify Samantha Cooper when you apply for Ways at


HumBio courses should promote specific aspects of at least one of three broad capacities within the major (Communication, Data Analysis and Scientific Literacy): HumBio Capacities

Learning Goals:

Need assistance writing learning goals? Visit the VPTL's helpful site: Learning Goals


Here are some beautiful sample syllabi from Human Biology professors for you to reference when designing your own course syllabus.

Annette Salmeen - HumBio 151R

Katherine Preston - HumBio 113

Teaching Resources

Textbook Adoptions:

The Stanford bookstore handles all textbook adoptions. The deadlines for textbook adoptions are Autumn Quarter: Tuesday, May 31, 2016; Winter Quarter: Thursday, October 20, 2016; Spring Quarter: Thursday, February 2, 2017. To submit a textbook adoption online visit: Textbook Adoption

Writing Specialist:

HumBio has a Writing Specialist, Shay Brawn, Ph.D. (lecturer in PWR and tutor in the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking), who offers regular consulting hours to all HumBio faculty and students. Dr. Brawn helps faculty design and refine writing assignments, and she offers grading strategies for effective feedback. You may arrange an appointment by contacting her at

Academic Technology Specialist:

HumBio has an Academic Technology Specialist, Carlos Seligo, who offers support to faculty for online learning, primarily through the production of video and other media. Dr. Seligo is available to consult faculty designing multimedia projects. You may arrange an appointment by contacting him at

Room Reservations:

If you need room reservations for one-time events, make-up classes, sections, exams, office house, etc. please send a request that includes days, times, technical equipment needed, and number of attendees to Samantha Cooper at

Canvas Transition:

CourseWork will retire officially December 16, 2016. If you used CourseWork in AY 2015-16 then the Stanford Canvas team is doing a mass migration of courses for next year. Coursework materials from a previous academic year must be manually migrated. For assistance, email with the names of the relevant courses in CourseWork and which quarter you will be teaching them in Canvas.

It is highly recommended that you check migrated content and see if there is any course design work you may want to do before teaching the course in Canvas. Canvas support is hosting office hours in Lathrop, 135 every Friday from 1-3pm to assist in this transition. Further information about Canvas can be found here: Canvas (for Instructors)

Course Preparation:

CTL has a handy page of resources for teachers developing courses, available here: CTL Resources



Notice of Intent, Course Content,
Course Requirements, Eligibility

Anne Friedlander
Chair, HB Curriculum Committee

Specifics of submission,
Forms, Curriculum Committee Dates

Samantha Cooper
Course Support Coordinator
Financial Compensation,
Teaching Assistants

Linda Barghi
Program Manager

Human Biology Program Overview Paul Fisher
Director, Program in Human Biology