Undergraduate Catalog

General Studies Requirements

The following general education requirements apply to students matriculated (admitted and registered) during or after Fall 2007. Students matriculated before Fall 2007 should refer to the archived catalog of record for the academic year in which they were admitted.

General Studies Overview

The general studies program requires students to take 37 credits in this general education program. All courses in the curriculum emphasize skill development in critical thinking, language, and communication. Developing and refining these competencies is the goal of every course students take in the program.

The new General Studies curriculum includes four components:

  • Freshman Foundation courses (4 courses, total 12 credits): GSR 101, 102, 103, and 104
  • Career Development (1 course, total 1 credit): GSR 110
  • Integrated courses (5 courses, total 20 credits): GSR 150, 210, 220, 230, and 240
  • Capstone Experience (1 course, total 4 credits): GSR 300

Freshman Foundation

The Freshman Foundation is the first General Studies component. Under this component, students take four Freshman Foundation courses:

  • First Year Seminar (GSR 101)
  • Critical Reading and Writing (GSR 102)
  • American Sign Language and Deaf Studies (GSR 103)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (GSR 104)

The four foundation courses will give you the fundamental tools to progress toward the five student learning outcomes. You will improve your communication and problem-solving skills and start thinking about your own identity and college life.

Career Development

  • Career Development (GSR 110)

The career development course will give you the foundation to explore and plan your future career.

Integrated Courses - Part One

Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary courses have become common practice with many colleges and universities across the nation. Courses are traditionally taught alone as a discipline, separate from the other, for instance, as a history course, an English course, or a mathematics course. However, with integrated courses being multi- or interdisciplinary, the focus is on a central topic with two or three faculty from, say the History, English, or Sociology Departments, teaming up to teach the course. Faculty members can voluntarily design and offer integrated courses as long as they meet the appropriate five competencies. With a multi- or interdisciplinary approach and because a specific topic is explored in detail and from the perspectives of different disciplines such as business, communication studies, and psychology, it hones critical thinking skills. Each integrated course will be 4 or 5 credits and will address some or all of the five competencies.

Introductory course

  • GSR 150: Introduction to Integrated Learning

Integrated courses

  • GSR 210: Comparing Multicultural Perspectives
  • GSR 220: Methods of Multiple Disciplines
  • GSR 230: Scientific & Quantitative Reasoning in Context
  • GSR 240: Ethical Decisions and Actions

These learning courses are required at numerous institutions of higher learning across the nation. Learning courses emphasize applying learned content and skills to solve real-life, real world dilemmas. For example, students could volunteer to help restore the Chesapeake Bay by understanding the delicate estuary and its ecological significance for the metropolitan DC area including Maryland and Virginia. They could volunteer by planting trees or transplanting oyster shells into the Bay.

General Studies Capstone Experience

The third and final component of the General Studies curriculum is the Capstone Experience. The Capstone Experience is a "wrap-up" course. You take the General Studies Capstone course when you complete all other General Studies Requirements. The course includes all five competencies and will challenge you to apply your knowledge and skills to solve real world problems through a project, artifact, or substantial work experience. Gallaudet will invite community groups, both on-campus and off-campus, to present problems and needs. You will be on project teams to research, plan, and implement innovative solutions.

The General Studies Program works with academic departments to modify one or more of the department courses to satisfy the General Studies interdisciplinary focus and GSR course Student Learning Outcomes. Students may enroll in these course sections to satisfy a GSR course requirement; they may also satisfy major or minor requirements. However, credits earned are not duplicated; a maximum of 4 credits may be earned for taking a cross-listed course. After review and approval by the General Studies director, specific course sections will be cross-listed on the course schedule for a given semester and indicated in the section's course description. A section of a course listed in the catalog as 3-credit may be offered as 4-credit, for the purpose of cross-listing with GSR courses. These sections will include the contact and overall student engagement hours required for a 4-credit course.

Departments may offer a 3-credit course as a 4-credit course, for the purpose of cross-listing with GSR courses, a maximum of 3 times before they must propose changing the relevant departmental course in the catalog to (3 - 4) credits or (4) credits.