This article discusses the political factors affecting the decision making regarding the curricula in higher education in the U.S. The courses taught in a department provide the campus community with a perception of the department, but curricular decisions must first be made within the department. The department should agree about a total number of courses in the curriculum. The department should have an understanding of administrative perspectives on curricula. Curricula development should be discussed with faculty in other departments that may feel communication studies in infringing on their subject matter.
Hickson, M. (1996). The politics of undergraduate curricula in a downsizing culture: A primer for department chairs. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 25(1), 56–63.