Undergraduate Core Curriculum
At DePaul, our core curriculum — the Liberal Studies Program
— consists of two primary components: the Common Core
and six distinct learning domains
. Both components emphasize critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills, all taught in small classes with professors who care about students as individuals (93% of undergraduate classes have fewer than 40 students). If you're looking for a more intense challenge, you can apply to the university Honors Program
as an alternative to the core curriculum.
All undergraduate students (except in the School for New Learning) participate in the Liberal Studies Program, regardless of their college and major (although requirements
vary by college).
More on the First-Year Program
Our connection to Chicago runs much deeper than just a geographic location. From partnerships and service learning opportunities to a multi-cultural view of the world, the city shapes our curriculum and the DePaul community impacts the city. That’s why our freshmen students take a Chicago Quarter course their first quarter here—either Discover Chicago
or Explore Chicago
. These courses are built around the investigation of a particular topic using Chicago as the common point of inquiry.
Discover Chicago courses begin one week before the start of autumn quarter. For four or five days, you'll be immersed in the city, visiting neighborhood sites, government offices, factories, museums or churches, depending on your specific topic.
Examples of recent Discover Chicago classes include:
- Chicago and Jazz
- Chicago: Urban Farm or Food Desert?
- Race, Politics & Housing in the City of Neighborhoods
- Summer Sports in Chicago
Explore Chicago courses begin at the start of autumn quarter and include outings to various Chicago locations throughout the entire quarter.
Examples of recent Explore Chicago classes include:
- Art and the City of Chicago
- Chicago Architecture through Digital Photography
- Chicago Blues
- Exploring Cultural Diversity through Food
During winter or spring quarter, you'll complete a Focal Point Seminar
, with nearly 100 topics to choose from. These courses are conducted in a seminar format, with an emphasis on student discussion and critical, applied thinking.