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Student Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes are the general education goals the university has established for all undergraduate students and represent the knowledge, skills and attitudes that students should gain to successfully complete the requirements of a course, program major, and degree.   Many individual academic departments have also developed their own learning outcomes; check with the departments for details.

Undergraduate studies at Gallaudet University provide all students with a rigorous and integrative education that promotes competence and in-depth knowledge in both the General Studies and major curricula.  General Studies are predominantly taught as thematic interdisciplinary courses, addressing the Gallaudet University Student Learning Outcomes.  Major-level courses continue to expand on these five learning outcomes and also provide students with discipline-specific competence, preparing them for competitive careers and/or graduate education.

Language and Communication
Students will use American Sign Language (ASL) and written English to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, for a variety of purposes, and in a variety of settings.

Critical Thinking
Students will summarize, synthesize, and critically analyze ideas from multiple sources in order to draw well-supported conclusions and solve problems.

Identity and Culture
Students will understand themselves, complex social identities, including deaf identities, and the interrelations within and among diverse cultures and groups.

Knowledge and Inquiry
Students will apply knowledge, modes of inquiry, and technological competence from a variety of disciplines in order to understand human experience and the natural world.

Ethics and Social Responsibility
Students will make reasoned ethical judgments, showing awareness of multiple value systems and taking responsibility for the consequences of their actions. They will apply these judgments, using collaboration and leadership skills, to promote social justice in their local, national, and global communities.

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