Short pitch: Please consider contributing your syllabi to the OS collection. If you’re willing to do so, send them attached to an email to:   

All shared syllabi are ‘private’ by default—they will not be available for display or download. But we are also building a public collection that we will index to their assigned titles and make available for download. If you are willing to share on this basis, please put ‘public’ in the email subject line.

Longer pitch: Open Syllabus provides a view of higher education as a global project of transmitting knowledge from one generation to the next.  It is also a tool for democratizing and defending the integrity of that project.

We need help to realize those goals.

We need the support and participation of universities—especially in the form of access to university-held syllabus archives.   If you are in a position to explore formal participation of your university, send us a note.

We need the support of faculty.  Syllabus donations are always welcome via

We welcome older syllabi.  The collection is small before 2010 and inadequate for any real analysis before 2000.  We would love to be able to expand the historical reach of the Explorer.

We are also trying to expand further beyond US and anglophone schools to make OS a framework for curricular comparison and educational research around the world.  For countries where the display of curricular choices can put faculty at risk, OS will continue to serve as a dark archive that curates–but does not display–curricular history.

Finally, OS is an argument for a more open curricular culture.  By showing what’s possible when curricular materials are aggregated, we hope OS can contribute to building it.