What you need to know

Cluster subjects are two or more classes that have an official shared relationship in terms of content and/or schedule. There are four types of clusters — cross-listed, Equivalent with Schedule Relationship (EQSR), School-wide elective, and equivalent — and understanding how they are used will help maintain consistency and clarity in your subject listings.

Some key points to remember:

  • Cluster subjects share at least 50% content or fulfill the same requirement.
  • The term “equivalent” encompasses cross-listed, EQSR, and School-wide elective subjects.
  • Each cluster has a departmental owner, also known as the master subject number.
  • Each department or program is responsible for the management of its own catalog entries.
  • It is expected that cluster subjects have faculty participation from each subject in the group.