Courses Numbers and Symbols

  • Courses Numbers
Courses offered in the University are numbered as follows:
  • Below 100 are non-degree courses.
  • 100 through 199 are primarily freshman courses.
  • 200 through 299 are primarily sophomore courses.
  • 300 through 499 are primarily junior and senior courses.
  • 500 through 599 are courses designed for both upper division undergraduates and graduate students.
  • 600 through 899 are graduate-level courses.
  • Figures in parentheses following course titles show credit in semester hours.
  • Dual-Listed Courses
    Dual-listed courses, listed in both undergraduate and graduate catalogs, are defined as courses that have the same course descriptions and the same course requirements. These courses are listed 600 through 699 for both undergraduate and graduate students. Dual-listed courses are graduate level courses that are open to enrollment by advanced undergraduate level students.
  • Cross-Listed Courses
    Cross-listed courses are defined at two different levels or are defined and listed by two different programs or departments. There are two types of cross-listed courses.
    • Courses that are listed as a 400-level course in the Undergraduate catalog and as a 700-level course in the Graduate School catalog. There may be different course requirements for graduate and undergraduate students.
    • Courses offered jointly by two departments. These cross-listed courses typically have the same number, but different prefixes. The course descriptions are the same, but there will be a notation in the course description that states it is a cross-listed course.
  • 500-Level Courses
    500-level classes are open to upper division undergraduate and graduate students. They may be listed as program requirements for undergraduate or graduate programs and may be applied as electives in undergraduate or graduate programs, with permission of the department. Graduate students in 500-level classes will be expected to complete graduate-level work.
  • Cancellation of Courses:
    Gallaudet reserves the right to withdraw any courses not elected by a sufficient number of students.

  • In-Person Courses:

    • Classroom Course (P): Course activity is organized around scheduled face-to-face (in-person) class meetings. Classroom courses require students to be present on campus. Face-to-face courses will to have designated section numbers (e.g., .01, .02)

  • Distance Education/Distance Learning Courses include

    • Online Courses (OL): Online courses can be asynchronous or synchronous. Online course sections will be designated by OL and number (e.g., OL1, OL2)

      • Online Asynchronous (OA)Students are NOT required to login at a specific time. Online Asynchronous courses achieve the required credit hours primarily through time spent online at the time of the student's choosing.

      • Online Synchronous (OS): Students are required to login at a specific time. A synchronous course will indicate this information either within the course description or list a specific online meeting time.  Time online could vary between 1% to 100% of course time and activities.

    • Hybrid Courses (HY): Courses that include a face-to-face component and an online component. A course is designated hybrid if time online is substituted for 51% or more of required in-class time. Hybrid courses can be asynchronous or synchronous. Students are required to attend class meetings or exams on campus, as well as, to participate in an online element. Hybrid course sections will be designated by HY and a number (e.g., HY1, HY2)

      • Hybrid Asynchronous (HA):  The online component of hybrid asynchronous courses achieve the required credit hours primarily through time spent online at the time of the student's choosing. Students are NOT required to login at a specific time.

      • Hybrid Synchronous (HS)The online component of a hybrid synchronous course requires students to login at a specific time. A synchronous course will indicate this information either within the course description or list a specific online meeting time.  Time online could vary between 1% to 100% of course time and activities. 

The specific instruction mode codes are:

= Face to Face
OA = Online Asynchronous
OS = Online Synchronous
HA = Hybrid Asynchronous
HS = Hybrid Synchronous 

Additionally courses that make use of videoconferencing technology (e.g., Fuze or similar technology) will be dual listed as both a face-to-face section, for those students who are here on campus, and as an online section for those students who are not on campus during the class meeting time.  

If you have questions about these definitions, please contact the Registrar's office. 

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