The Gettysburg Curriculum | Course Approval Process
The overarching goal of the Gettysburg Curriculum is to develop lifelong learners who are able to acquire and process information and ideas in multiple ways (multiple inquiries), are integrative thinkers, are skilled in communication, and are prepared for the responsibilities of local and global citizenship.
This is a truly exciting curriculum, structured around four key elements:
1. Multiple Inquiries: Gettysburg College students should develop both an understanding of multiple frameworks for analysis and proficiency in reading texts that span the breadth of human expression. Making meaning of such texts requires an understanding of their conceptual and historical underpinnings and their modes of expression.
Arts: 1 course; Humanities: 1 course; Social Science:1 course; Natural Science: 2 courses (1 with lab).
2. Integrative Thinking: Gettysburg College students should develop critical and open minds that seek to adopt well-argued points of view through the active consideration and integration of alternative methodologies, perspectives, and foundational presuppositions.
Course Cluster: 2 course with a synthetic experience OR Interdisciplinary courses: 2 courses; Capstone experience in every major; Quantitative, inductive, and deductive reasoning (QIDR): 1 course
3. Effective Communication: Gettysburg College students should develop proficiency in the skills of writing, reading, speaking, and utilizing electronic media. Further, students should be able to articulate questions clearly, identify and gain access to appropriate information, construct cogent arguments, and engage in intellectual and artistic expression.
FY Writing Course; Communication Conventions of the Major discipline: determined by each department or program.
4. Local and Global Citizenship: Gettysburg College students should develop skills, understandings, appreciations, and moral dispositions that enable them to be committed members of and contribute meaningfully to their local, national, and global communities.
Cultural Diversity: 2 courses:1 Non-Western; 1 Domestic or Conceptual diversity; Second language: 202 course or equivalent experience; Science, Technology, and Society (STS): 1 course.
Other degree requirements: 32 full courses with gpa ≥ 2.0; a major with gpa ≥ 2.0 (minor optional)