First Two Years: General Studies Honors
General Studies Honors provides students with opportunities to excel with their Honors peers in the 5 competencies of the General Studies curriculum (Language and Communication, Critical Thinking, Identity and Culture, Knowledge and Inquiry, Ethics and Social Responsibility) by taking courses dedicated to their standing in Honors.
General Studies Honors requires completion of all GSR courses except for GSR 150 (if conditions are met to waive GSR 150) for a total of 32 credits. Of these 32 GSR credits, 18 must be Honors credits.
Students are waived from GSR 150 if they earn a B or better in GSR 101H and 102H. Transfer students may receive permission to waive GSR 150 without completing GSR 102H, if they are in good standing in Honors (GPA 3.2 or higher) at the end of their first semester and receive permission from the Honors Program Director.
To earn General Studies Honors, students must complete all of the following with a grade of B or better:
- GSR 101H (3) and GSR 102H (3)
- GSR 200H level course with City as Text, to be taken the first year, in place of GSR 150 (4)
- A minimum of one other GSR 200 level course (4) with Honors credit which may be earned via:
o an Honors section of a regular GSR course
o an individual/small group Honors Option contract in a regular GSR 200 level class
o a second 200H City-as-Text course with a different 200 number from the first one
- GSR 300 with special Honors section or individual/small group Honors Option contracts (4)
Total: 18 Honors credits
Those entering Honors after the first semester or first semester transfer students may complete General Studies Honors in one of two alternative ways, resulting in a small increase in the overall total because of the greater number of 4 credit courses required:
I. If 101H was taken the first semester but not GSR 102H, and the student is in good standing in Honors, then the student must take in this order:
- A regular GSR 150 section with an Honors Option contract OR, with the Honors Program Director permission, a 200 level City-as-Text course (normally in the second semester)
- Two more 200 level courses (with options as above)
- GSR 300 (with options as above)
Total: 19 credits
II. If neither GSR 101H nor 102H were taken the first semester, and the student is in good standing in Honors, the student must take in this order:
- A regular GSR 150 with a contract (normally the first or second semester)
- A 200-level with City-as-Text as the first 200-level course (normally in the second or third semester)
- Two more 200 level course later (same options as above)-for a total of three 200 level Honors courses.
- GSR 300 (with options as above)
Total: 20 credits
Note: Those completing any of the three versions of these requirements above will have "General Studies Honors" noted on their transcripts.
Requirements for General Studies Honors
|Regular General Studies Requirements
||Honors Minimum Requirements
|GSR 103 and GSR 104 = 6 credits
||GSR 101H and GSR 102H: B or better = 6 credits
||GSR 200H with City-as-Text = 4 credits
|Two GSR 200 level-non-Honors = 8 credits
||Second GSR (H section, H section with City-as-Text, or contract) = 4 credits
||GSR 300 (H section or contract) = 4 credits
Total: 14 regular credits + Total: 18 H credits
Overview of Integrated Courses
Integrated courses are offered to freshmen students during their first fall semester at Gallaudet. Integrated courses combine two courses sharing a common theme, such as Identity and self. This approach allows students to engage in critical dialectics and relate ideas between fields, as well as apply them to real-world problems. In this approach, subjects are not viewed as disparate but rather, they are viewed as complementary and lead students to explore a wider range of thought. These courses open the doors for students seeking to enter a rapidly changing and interconnected world where facts and theories may change, but the need for thinking remains constant and important. Completion of these courses is required for most students seeking General Studies Honors (exceptions will be dealt with on an a case-by-case basis).
Honors Seminar courses (HON 495) build on what students learn in courses, and take the critical thinking and interdisciplinary concept to higher levels. These courses do not cover general studies requirements, but continue the process of bringing together multiple disciplines in order to compel students to apply their learning and thinking skills, and analyze specific problems in depth. Completion of these courses is required for students seeking Capstone Honors; these courses may also be taken by students seeking General Studies Honors.
General Studies Courses
General Studies courses are offered by Honors faculty to help students complete their Honors and General Studies requirements by learning about a discipline while applying Honors-level thinking to their course work. Such courses also take a critical approach to coursework by promoting discussions and application of what students are learning toward use in the world around them. Completion of these courses is required for students seeking General Studies Honors.
Students will need to complete the General Studies Requirements as listed here. To graduate with General Studies Honors, a student needs to take 18 credits worth of General Studies courses as Honors courses. Students may achieve this either through enrolling in Honors sections, or by Honors Option Contracts.