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Students who discover they have a highly specific career plan that requires a specific degree or a unique combination of courses may benefit from the self-directed major. The self-directed major is designed to maximize opportunities for students to tailor their education to better achieve their post-graduate outcomes.
Requirements for admission to the Self-Directed Major program:
Self-Directed Majors must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in the program. Faculty advisors will monitor the academic direction and quality of work and effort with the major.
Any changes to the student’s course plan (including internships and consortium courses) must be approved by the self-directed major committee in advance. (If last-minute changes are necessary, the committee will rush decisions during add/drop week.) Changes independently undertaken by the student or their faculty advisor(s) without prior approval may not count towards graduation.
Students who are not approved by the Self-Directed Committee may appeal to the Dean of the Faculty. A one-page letter in ASL or English should be submitted to the Dean of the Faculty within ten academic days (excluding weekends and holidays). The Dean of the Faculty shall respond with a decision within ten academic days.
In addition to on-campus course offerings, Self-Directed majors may take up to two courses through Consortia Programs to expand their course options and further customize their degree. Through Gallaudet, students have access to three consortia, the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metro Area (CUMWA), the Consortium of Online Colleges Universities (OCICU), and may even have the opportunity to study abroad at the UFSI - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Brazil. The combination of these three programs opens the course selection of 70 universities and colleges, and over 100 online institutions to our students.
The Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metro Area (CUWMA)
Gallaudet students have the expansive options of over 70 universities and colleges to enroll in degree programs or courses. Students, faculty, and staff also have access to the millions of shared resources through the Consortium Library.
Learn more at: https://www.consortium.org/
The Consortium of Online Colleges and Universities (OCICU)
Over 100 member institutions and 1120 providers/member institutions. Both undergraduate and graduate* level online courses are offered in an accelerated format (usually five or eight weeks long), usually five or eight weeks long. Students can register for OCICU courses, pay tuition, and receive grades through GU just as they would any other regular course in their studies.
Learn more at: http://www.ocicu.org/
UFSI - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Brazil
Taking courses at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina offers adventure and cultural immersion. You’ll be amazed by the broadened horizons and inner transformation that comes with the studying abroad experience.
Eligibility Requirements for the Self-directed Major Program at Gallaudet University
If you wish to design a self-directed major, there are various forms to complete. Find out more here.
Here are a few examples of self-directed majors which may be of interest.
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