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Preparing students for 21st century careers

Cornerstone of the Gallaudet’s undergraduate program. Designed to give students the 21st century skills they need to prepare for 21st century careers. Based on a foundation of five competencies meant to help students develop critical thinking, interdisciplinary and communications skills while learning to navigate multicultural environments. Allows students to explore future careers tied to their interests and to begin to experience coursework within their field of study

Student Learning Outcomes

General studies program is grounded in five student learning outcomes. Created through research into top learning practices at U.S. universities and the demands of 21st century employers

Language and Communication

Critical Thinking

Identity and Culture

Knowledge and Inquiry

Ethics and Social Responsibility

General Studies programming

The General Studies curriculum comprises 40 credits. Features learning across departments to allow for the type of integrated processes students will encounter in their careers. Begins with freshman foundational courses and moves through upper-level integrated studies

Coursework in:

  • Career Development
  • Critical Reading and Writing
  • American Sign Language and Deaf Studies
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Multicultural Perspectives
  • Ethical Decision Making


Ends with Capstone project that allows students to work collaboratively to solve a real-world problem. All courses are taught with an emphasis on bilingual teaching and learning strategies to promote fluency in American Sign Language and English

Admissions Requirements

Hearing Undergraduate