What you need to know

Equivalents with Scheduling Relationship (ESQR), also known as "meets-with," involve two or more subjects that meet at the same time and location for lecture, recitation, and/or lab during the same year and term. They are often undergraduate and graduate versions of a subject within one department, but EQSR clusters can also occur among two or more departments with common subject content.

As their name suggests, EQSR subjects are inherently equivalent. The subjects should share a substantial amount of content (at least 50%), but should not be identical. Therefore, students cannot receive credit for taking more than one subject in the cluster.

When a department proposes changes to its offerings in Subject Proposal Management, affiliate departments will receive an FYI notification email prior to faculty committee review. Departments are also responsible for updating their respective subjects in Subject Term Planning and Subject Classroom Planning.

Sample ESQR subject listings — graduate/undergraduate

When undergraduate and graduate subjects meet together, the description for each subject must include a statement that differentiates the levels. This example uses the stock language, "Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments" at the end of each description.


Sample ESQR subject listings — multiple departments

Note the similar, but not identical, listings. The subjects share key attributes, and each has the same year, term, and schedule. Although the title and descriptions differ, the content overlaps. The anthropology subject focuses on good empirical research methods, a management specialty; the management subject focuses on social research, an anthropology specialty.