For a course to carry a GER designation (W, S, Q, G, D), it must meet the criteria listed below.  GER designations can be requested with a course proposal or separately for existing courses. To request a GER designation, submit a GER request form to the Instruction Committee.

Diversity Requirements

+ Global Diversity (G) Criteria

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

  • At least half of 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, sustainability, religion, and so on). This requirement may be met in appropriate study abroad programs as determined by the Curriculum Committee.

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.

+ Dimensions of Diversity (D) Criteria

Courses satisfying the dimensions of diversity requirement would be expected to meet the following criteria:

  • At least half of the course must be focused on dimensions of diversity, such as race, ethnicity, or gender, that are of particular importance to 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, so 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.

Competency Requirements

+ Writing-Intensive (W) Criteria

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

  1. The course should be small, enrolling up to 20 students.
  2. The course must require students to do at least 15-20 pages of written work (not including drafts and exams) over the course of the term, with at least 50% of the course grade based on written work.
  3. The course must provide explicit instruction in writing, including in-process feedback.  The instructor should do the following:
    • Meet with students to review papers in process or arrange for students to meet with peers or tutors.
    • Require students to revise drafts based on feedback or to re-work papers that have been graded.
    • Familiarize students with the rhetorical conventions of the discipline.

+ Speaking-Intensive (S) Criteria

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

  1. The course should be small, enrolling up to 20 students.
  2. The course must require students to do a substantial amount of speaking (discussion leading, informal reports, or formal presentations) over the course of the term, with at least 35% of the course grade based on oral work beyond class participation.
  3. The course must provide explicit instruction in speaking and constructive feedback on spoken work. The instructor should do the following:
    • Clarify differences between effective written and oral presentations.
    • Meet with students to review presentation plans or arrange for students to practice with peers or tutors.
    • Provide opportunities for students to act on feedback to improve performance (for example, by having students present multiple times during the term).
    • Familiarize students with the rhetorical conventions of the discipline.

+ Mathematical Reasoning or Quantitative Analysis (Q) Criteria

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

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

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