GER Documentation

GER Criteria

+ Writing-Intensive Course Requirement Criteria

Courses included on a list of writing-intensive courses would be expected to satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Writing-intensive courses must be small, enrolling no more than approximately 20 students per instructor.
  2. In such courses, at least 50% of the final grade must be based on written work.
  3. Writing-intensive courses must require students to do a substantial amount of written work: at least 15 pages, not including drafts and exams, spread out over the course of the term. 
  4. Writing-intensive courses must also provide explicit instruction in writing.
    • Instructors might require students to revise in light of detailed feedback, to hand in drafts of papers, or to re-work papers that have already been graded.
    • Instructors might familiarize students with the rhetorical conventions operating in particular disciplines.
    • Instructors might meet periodically with students to review writing or arrange for students to meet with tutors or in peer groups.

Speaking-Intensive Course Requirement Criteria

Courses included on a list of speaking-intensive courses would be expected to satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Speaking-intensive courses must be small, enrolling no more than approximately 20 students per instructor.
  2. In such courses, at least 25% of the final grade must be based on evaluated oral work.
  3. Speaking-intensive courses must require students to do a substantial amount of speaking, much of it evaluated by the instructor, with opportunities to develop speaking skills distributed over the course of the term.
  4. Speaking-intensive courses must provide explicit instruction in speaking.
    • Speaking opportunities might take the form of formal presentations, informal reports, group projects, or class discussion; unevaluated discussion is by itself insufficient.
    • Instructors might focus on such issues as the differences between oral and written presentations and how to organize and deliver an oral report.
    • Instructors might require students to submit an outline of a presentation ahead of time or to do a dry run for classmates.
    • Students should receive constructive feedback on spoken work as promptly as possible.

+ Mathematical Reasoning or Quantitative Analysis Requirement Criteria

Courses satisfying the requirement in Mathematical Reasoning or Quantitative Analysis would be expected to meet the following criteria:

  1. In such courses, at least 50% of the final grade must be based on evaluated quantitative exercises.
  2. Such courses must require students to do a substantial amount of quantitative or mathematical work distributed over the course of the term.
  3. Courses satisfying this requirement must provide explicit instruction in quantitative methods and quantitative reasoning. Exercises in these courses might take the form of
    • Symbolic proofs (either logical or mathematical)
    • Statistical or graphical analysis of numerical data
    • Problem solving using mathematical methods
    • Implementation of computer algorithms.

+ Diversity Requirements Criteria

Courses satisfying the diversity requirements would be expected to meet the following criteria:

  1. For category II.1, at least half the course must be devoted to the study of global perspectives and issues or to the study of areas outside of Europe and the United States. "Global" in this context refers to the perspectives of multiple and diverse regions of the world and to issues currently of importance to those regions (e.g., poverty, the environment, religion, and so on). This requirement may be met in appropriate study abroad programs, as determined by the Curriculum Committee.
  2. For category II.2, at least half the course must be focused on dimensions of diversity, such as race, ethnicity, and gender, that are of particular importance in understanding contemporary society in the United States. Although the analytical categories must be applicable to understanding diversity within the United States, the specific cases under consideration may be situated elsewhere (i.e., courses that examine these dimensions in general theoretical terms or outside of the United States may be considered for this category).

Faculty who believe that a particular course or set of courses fulfills the expectations of any of the above requirements without conforming precisely to the listed criteria may petition the Curriculum Committee for approval. The committee will make determinations on a case by case basis.

FORMS for GER Designations:

  • GER Designation Request -- Speaking Intensive  (Word) (PDF)
  • GER Designation Request -- Writing Intensive (Word) (Word) (PDF)
  • GER Designation Request -- Quantitative (Word) (PDF)
  • GER Designation Request -- Diversity/Domestic (Word) (PDF)
  • GER Designation Request -- Diversity/Global (Word) (PDF)

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