Being a HUG at Gallaudet: What Does the New GSR Curriculum Look Like?


Question #2: What is the new curriculum like?

Classes may be slightly different for you than they were for me. I transferred to Gallaudet under their old program. You may come in under their new one. The new curriculum has, what are called, GSR (General Studies Requirement) courses. I encourage you to look into this program thoroughly on your own on Gallaudet’s webpage ( ) to see if it is right for you. If you are a transfer HUG student and you want to see how your credits transfer into the new curriculum, then go to this website, too: .

GSR courses incorporate two individual classes and two professors from two departments into one long, double-credit course that attempts to make useful and applicable connections from one field of study to another. On paper, this is a fairly decent idea. However, from what I hear from most students, it is difficult to work out in real life. Imagine this: two teachers from two dissimilar departments with two different (and often opposing viewpoints) present two sets of materials from two differing syllabi at the same time and in the same room. It is many times just chaos.

Now, if you take into account that the professors might like each other and do their best to work with each other to present one cohesive course, then the students might actually get something besides frustration out of their basic requirements. However, this does not happen as often as it should. Granted, there are pros to the GSR program. There are fewer overall hours and general studies hours that you have to take, no required community service hours, and a double-major- and minor- friendly plan.


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