Overview of the IAI 
DePaul University participates in a state-wide agreement with over 100 colleges in Illinois that aims at making transferring a smooth process.  The agreement is called the Illinois Articulation Initiative, or the “IAI.”

DePaul participates in the General Education Core Curriculum of the Illinois Articulation Initiative only (DePaul does not participate in Phase Two, the Major Phase). Completion of the IAI General Education Core Curriculum, also called the IAI/GECC, at any participating college or university in Illinois ensures transferring students that most of the lower-division general education requirements at DePaul have been satisfied. 

For students transferring into DePaul's School for New Learning, see below

Students who have completed the IAI General Education Core Curriculum will still have to meet the following mission-specific requirements at DePaul: the Experiential Learning and Senior Year Capstone courses, two Philosophical Inquiry and two Religious Dimension courses that fulfill the Liberal Studies Program requirements.

If students have completed all or a portion of the philosophy and religion requirements, students should talk with their academic advisor at DePaul about what liberal studies program courses to take instead. Students not successfully completing the IAI/GECC will have their transfer courses reviewed on a course-by-course basis. This agreement is in effect for students entering an associate or baccalaureate degree-granting institution as first time freshmen in the summer of 1998 and thereafter. 

The School for New Learning (SNL) is a unique college at DePaul with degree programs designed for adult students. Attend an SNL Undergraduate Information Session that will help you see how transferring into SNL can work for you. Beginning in Fall 2008, policies were developed that help adult transfer students from Illinois community colleges who have completed the IAI/GECC package make a smooth transition into any of the SNL degree programs. You can read about these policies at this website.


What is DePaul's Liberal Studies Program?
Liberal Studies Requirements = General Education Requirements. 

DePaul divides its liberal studies (general education) into the First Year Requirements and the Learning Domains.

First year requirements are listed first in the guide, and typically have one course from the community college that matches the course required at DePaul. 
The Learning Domains = categories of the Liberal Studies Program. Usually, there are many choices at the community college to choose from to fulfill these categories.

The Learning Domains with their abbreviations are:
A&L: Arts and Literature
PI: Philosophical Inquiry
RD: Religious Dimensions; Ethical Questions and Religious Traditions are subcategories
SI: Scientific Inquiry; Quantitative, Lab and Elective are subcategories
SSMW: Self, Society and the Modern World
UP: Understanding the Past; several geographical subcategories

Major Clusters: a collection of majors in a college at DePaul that have the same distribution of courses required in the Learning Domains. 

Some advice: 
Notice how many courses are required in a Learning Domain (category). This may vary depending on the major at DePaul. 

Pay attention as to whether there are special requirements in a Learning Domain because of your major. For example, many majors require a special ethics course in the Religious Dimensions Learning Domain, like "The Computer and Social Responsibility." 

For a more detailed description of the Liberal Studies Program see: http://liberalstudies.depaul.edu/About/index.asp


How do students get confirmation that the Illinois Articulation (IAI)/General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) has been completed?
On the Community Colleges page​ you will find information about whether the IAI/General Education Core Curriculum is verified by each community college in Illinois.  A contact number for the student records office at the community college is listed to assist you in getting confirmation of the IAI/GECC completion.

Some colleges automatically confirm if the IAI/GECC has been completed with a letter or a stamp on the transcript. Some colleges require that students request the confirmation when they want to transfer or when they are applying for graduation with an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree. Some community colleges require students to check the catalog and use web tools to confirm that the IAI/GECC is completed.  Some colleges haven’t confirmed their practice.  Please call the student records office number listed to find out the process for getting confirmation.

To find out what your institution does, review our Community Colleges pages. 

Advice for transfer students who are transferring the IAI/GECC to DePaul

  1. Read about the IAI/GECC categories​
  2. See the list of participating institutions in Illinois
  3. Check the community college catalogs for IAI information. Every community college in Illinois discusses how to complete the GECC in its catalog.
  4. Get completion of the IAI/GECC confirmed by your community college.
  5. Transferology™ (formerly u.select) will give you quick answers on how your college credits will transfer to DePaul. Set up an account, add your course work and get your results immediately.
  6. See which classes at Illinois colleges have been approved for the IAI/GECC. Courses approved for all schools (including DePaul) can be found here on the IAI/GECC Transfer Planning Worksheet

Q&A about the IAI/GECC

Can I transfer to DePaul if I have NOT completed the IAI/GECC?  
Yes.  DePaul has courses approved for the IAI/GECC. Find them on this page: DePaul IAI courses.

Are the DePaul Liberal Studies Program requirements and the IAI General Education Core Curriculum very different?
Sometime yes, sometimes no.  The DePaul Liberal Studies have differences depending on the major.

If I finished the IAI General Education Core Curriculum, can I change my mind at the time of transfer and follow the DePaul Liberal Studies after I transfer?
Sure. Your DePaul advisor will help make this happen if that is needed. 

So after I transfer to DePaul, why do I still need to take more Liberal Studies courses?  
DePaul is a private, Catholic university that requires that all undergraduate students take courses in religion and philosophy.  The IAI/GECC doesn’t require these types of courses, though there might be some available at community colleges. 

Also, DePaul is taught on a quarter system, which means that students complete more courses each academic year than in the semester model.  The extra courses are needed in order for students to have enough credits to graduate from DePaul. Finally, our Experiential Learning and Senior Year Capstone courses are unique to DePaul and are a common requirement for all undergraduates, including those who have completed the IAI.

If I transfer a completed IAI/GECC package, will I have junior status at DePaul? 
Class standing in the traditional programs at DePaul is determined by how many credits a student transfers in; while in the School For New Learning it is determined by how many competencies have been fulfilled prior to transfer.  Completion of the IAI/GECC means that 12-13 courses are completed, earning anywhere from 36-42 semester credits or 54-63 quarter credits.  Junior standing at DePaul is granted when students have earned 88 quarter/59 semester credits.  So if a student transfers after only completing the IAI/GECC, they will typically need to take 25-31 more credits before reaching junior standing.

Does transferring in an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree grant junior standing?
Since junior standing is based on the number of units completed, an A.A. or an A.S. degree will include enough credits for junior standing.

If I complete an Associate of Arts or and Associate of Science, have I completed the IAI/GECC?
Probably. The IAI/GECC is built into all A.A. and A.S. degrees in Illinois. If your associates degree includes out-of-state courses, then the IAI/GECC may not have been completed.  The IAI/GECC is an Illinois agreement, and the inclusion of out-of-state courses in GE categories will mean that the IAI is not fulfilled. However, if the out-of state courses were not part of the General Education Core Curriculum, then the GECC might have been completed.  The community college will have to confirm whether the GECC has been met with IAI approved course work.

If I complete an Associate of Applied Science, have I completed the IAI/GECC? 
Probably not. The A.A.S. degrees usually include 3-6 general education courses, and therefore the IAI/GECC is not completed.

If I combine out-of-state courses with IAI courses at a community college, what will happen when I transfer to DePaul?  
DePaul will apply your courses to the DePaul Liberal Studies Program requirements. For students transferring into SNL, courses will be applied to competence requirements. This is not uncommon, since many students transfer to DePaul with credit from more than one institution.
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