I was wondering about the process of accepting a syllabus, and if it was different for the Humanities and in the Sciences. Suppose, just so the question is less abstract, there is a new software program that helps research, and a professor wants to add it to a syllabus. Would he/she need to get approval from the department chair? How long do changes/updates to a syllabus usually take in a US University?
Let's take for example an Introduction to Literature class, and typically there are six texts in the course. A professor wants to exchange one of the texts for another one. What would be the process of getting that done? Would there be endless meetings or could the professor simply add the text. Who would need to approve this sort of change in the syllabus?
Or let's take a Science class. There are always advances in science. How long does it take for a syllabus to change to include updated texts?