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General Education: Gallaudet's Core Curriculum

Gallaudet University welcomes students into a unique learning environment, designed for deaf scholars and those who wish to engage deeply with deaf communities.

Within this context, Gallaudet’s Core curriculum provides learning opportunities that support the ability to be healthy, productive agents of positive change in all of our communities.

We do so by deeply respecting our Deaf and other interacting identities, and grounding into them as we explore ways to engage more deeply with each other and the world.

Three components:

Welcoming ourselves and each other to this journey of deaf academic co-creation; setting the foundation for continuously striving to better understand ourselves, in relation to each other, and the skills we all continually strive to improve.

Challenging ourselves to consider myriad possible ways of thinking, learning, interacting, innovating, and creating that lead toward positive advancement of deaf and other communities.

Practicing deep and positive interaction with each other and honing our skills for long-term engagement with our communities throughout our lives.

The Core curriculum begins and ends with VEE *

A two-semester seminar VEE101 and VEE102) welcome students into Gallaudet’s unique educational environment with deep dives into Deafhood, our bilingual identities as ASL and English users, and multi-cultural and multi-identity exploration, all grounded in personal wellness and self-discovery, which lead toward exploration of the academic possibilities Gallaudet has to offer while opening up thinking about myriad career opportunities beyond.

VEE300 and the Gallaudet Scholars Statement (the SLOs)
VEE300 caps off each student’s Core experience with deep self-reflection on how they have grown and will continue to develop as Gallaudet scholars: WELLNESS-GROUNDED, PROUDLY BILINGUAL, CAREER-READY CRITICAL THINKERS, WHO ARE DIGITALLY AWARE, ETHICAL, SCIENTIFICALLY LITERATE GLOBAL CITIZENS.

* VEE is the label for an ASL sign that doesn’t have a direct English translation. Its meaning incorporates the concepts of “notice, be fascinated, find interesting, analyze, observe, and watch”. When we use VEE as the name for our Core curriculum courses, we are celebrating our bilingualism and encouraging our students to be intellectually curious in both ASL and English and whatever languages they bring with them.

Students who matriculated prior to fall of 2021 follow the previous curriculum: GSR. Click here to view information about the GSR program.


General Education Honors
Honors courses typically feature more engaging readings, more vibrant class discussions, and enhanced opportunities for deeper learning such as field trips, innovative assignments, and other opportunities.
General Studies
The General Studies Program develops critical thinking, analytical and communication skills to prepare students for success in the 21st century. This is for the students who arrived at Gallaudet before the fall of 2021.
Program Outcomes

Wellness:Recognize how my choices can transform my health, well-being, and ability to thrive; seek support and utilize resources for personal growth; and work collaboratively to promote wellness on campus and within myself.


Bilingualism:Use American Sign Language (ASL) and written English to communicate effectively with diverse audiences for a variety of purposes.


Career Readiness:Develop career decision-making skills and competencies by engaging in theoretical and experiential learning.


Critical Thinking:Think critically and innovatively, and express myself creatively, making connections within and across disciplines.


Digital Awareness:Employ data and technology in effective, competent, fair, accountable, transparent, and responsible (ethical) ways.


Ethics:Formulate reasoned decisions about ethical issues that lead to wise action.


Science Literacy:Evaluate evidence derived from systematic analysis of quantitative and qualitative data to address issues that pertain to the experiences of individuals in societies.


Global Citizenship:Articulate knowledge of intersectional identities within a global society and demonstrate intercultural knowledge, cultural competence, and skills in constructive civic discourse on the local, national, and global levels.



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