Self-Directed Major

College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Jill Bradbury, Coordinator
Hall Memorial Building, Room N207F

Any student may design a self-directed major if no other major or double major is offered at Gallaudet University that satisfies the student's academic interests. Requirements for admission to the Self-Directed Major program:

  • A writing test score equivalent to a 4.0 or higher on the Gallaudet Writing Evaluation or its equivalent;
  • A score of 70 or better on the Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) exam;
  • A GPA of 3.0
  • A copy of Gallaudet transcript;
  • An essay and proposed course plan.
    The essay should outline the applicant's educational goals, and why traditional majors or double majors will not meet these goals along with a justification of the selection of courses, internships, and other components used for the Self-Directed Major. The course plan should include the sequence of 30-45 credit hours of courses that includes at least one-half from 300- and 400-level courses, and no more than six hours may be independent study. In proposing a sequence of courses, the necessary prerequisites must be taken into account; and
  • An interview with the Chair of the Self-Directed Major Committee

Self-Directed Majors must maintain a 3.0 GPA average to remain in the program. Faculty advisors will monitor the academic direction and quality of work and effort with the major. Students who are not approved by the Self-Directed Committee may appeal to the committee chair.