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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.

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