May 18, 2024  
2016-2017 Course Catalog 
2016-2017 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Numbering

Columbia College Chicago’s course numbers are made up of six digits (2 number prefix and 4 number code), and each of the digits represents important information about the course. The following numbering systems are used throughout the course listing for course identification.

The first two digits of the course number identify the department or, in some cases, the major; department 52 is English.

The third digit, the digit following the hyphen, indicates the level of the course. Course levels are defined as follows:


1000-1999 - Introductory/Novice
Generally courses numbered 1000 to 1999 are introductory and open to first-year students. They typically do not have prerequisites.


2000-2999 - Intermediate
Courses numbered 2000 to 2999 are designed primarily for sophomores, juniors, and some seniors, though many are also open to first-year students. They are often courses with a 1000-level prerequisite or courses dedicated to a specialized area or field within a discipline.


3000-3999 - Advanced
Courses numbered 3000 to 3999 are designed for upper division students, juniors and seniors, with the expectation that the courses build on an intentional sequence of previous coursework, skills, and knowledge and likely have prerequisite sequences. Most often for students clearly qualified in and interested in a field/discipline.


4000-4999 - Advanced Upper Division
Courses at the 4000 level represent specialized work for senior majors in the departments and programs. Can include internship and practicum courses and capstone experiences.

  5000- 6999 - Master Level


The fourth digit indicates the subject-matter area within the department or major. Each department and major assigns subject areas and concentrations to this digit for all courses in that discipline. In this example of a course in English, the numeral 6 in the place of the fourth digit indicates a course in the subject area of Literature. Within the course listings for this catalog and in the online Course Schedule for every semester, departments order their courses first by subject matter (that is, by the number appearing in digit four) and then by level and sequence.

Digits five and six indicate the order of the course within a sequence.  Additionally, course numbers ending in 88 and 89 are internships; course numbers ending in 98 and 99 are independent projects.