This provides general Liberal Studies Program (LSP) guidelines; for the Liberal Studies requirements associated with a specific program, see the catalog description for that respective program. Students in the DePaul University Honors Program should consult with a program advisor about their requirements.
All DePaul Students who Participate in the Liberal Studies Program
There are a number of general Liberal Studies Program guidelines that pertain to all DePaul undergraduate students (except for students in the School for New Learning).
Students may not use the same course to fulfill a requirement in both their primary major and Liberal Studies. There are two exceptions to this rule:
Designated courses in the major may also be used to fulfill the Junior Year Experiential Learning requirement. Students who pursue this option will then complete an additional learning domain elective or, if applicable, the third course of the Modern Language Option.
Transfer students who complete the General Education Core Curriculum of the Illinois Articulation Initiative may apply a particular course to fulfilling a requirement in the major (see the GECC/IAI section of this policy below.)
Students completing a second major or minor may use the same courses to fulfill requirements in those areas and in the JYEL, Senior Capstone, and Learning Domains of Liberal Studies.
Students may request to substitute a different course for one of the Liberal Studies requirements. All substitutions must meet the learning outcomes and writing expectations for the particular LSP requirement. Students seeking to request a substitution should contact their home college office for more information on procedures.
Transfer students must meet all Liberal Studies Program requirements: First Year Program , the Seminar on Multiculturalism in the United States (unless the student has completed the IAI/GECC), the Junior Year Experiential Learning Requirement, the Senior Capstone, and the domain courses, as specified by the student’s primary major.
Transfer courses are applied to the most appropriate learning domain, based on articulations vetted through the Transfer Articulation Center according to the posted learning outcomes and writing expectations for each requirement.
Students who enter DePaul with 30 or more quarter hours may not enroll in Discover Chicago/Explore Chicago or Focal Point courses. Instead, they will complete two domain electives outside their area of specialization, using either transfer credit or DePaul credit.
Students may complete the LSP writing requirement with either transfer credit or coursework completed at DePaul. Placement in DePaul writing courses is determined by a placement process.
Transfer students who enter DePaul with earned credit for WRD 104 and not WRD 103 may satisfy the second writing course requirement by taking any one of the following expository writing courses:
WRD 103 Composition and Rhetoric I
WRD 203 Style for Writers
WRD 206 Professional Writing
WRD 240 Argumentative Writing
WRD 300 Composition and Style
Permission to substitute an open elective for the second writing course may be granted based on a review of documentation showing superior achievement and/or professional experience in advanced, expository writing. For more information, please contact the First-Year Writing Program Office.
Transfer students who met first-year writing requirements at their previous institution through coursework other than equivalents of WRD 103 and WRD 104 may petition their college offices for a waiver or substitution of this requirement. The petition should include a course description and, if possible, a syllabus. Petitions will be sent to the Associate Director of First-Year Writing who will review them on a case-by-case basis and make a recommendation to the appropriate associate dean. Based on information from the course description and syllabus, a determination will be made as to whether the student a) should take WRD 103 and/or WRD 104, b) should substitute an upper-level writing course from an approved list for WRD 103 and/or WRD 104, or c) have part or all of the requirement waived. Elective credit will be adjusted accordingly to ensure that a student earns 192 credits for degree completion.
Applying transfer credit to the Junior Year Experiential Learning requirement:
i. Internships: DePaul generally does not award Junior Year Experiential Learning credit for internships or cooperative learning courses taken at another college or university. Students seeking to request a substitution should contact their home college office for more information on procedures.The student must make the case that the course meets the Experiential Learning guidelines.
ii. Study Abroad: Students who transfer in credit from a full-year or term-long study abroad program through an accredited institution, consisting of no less than ten weeks abroad and no less than 12 credits abroad, and having received grades of no less than a "C" in these courses, may use one of these courses to fulfill the Junior Year Experiential Learning Requirement.
The Liberal Studies Senior Capstone requirement may not be substituted or waived. Students who have more than one major should consult with their academic advisor as to their specific Capstone requirement(s).
Accumulation of additional credit that fulfills Liberal Studies requirements: In some circumstances, students may earn transfer credit that exceeds Liberal Studies requirements. For example, coursework from institutions organized by semesters earn 1.5 quarter hour credits for each semester hour. Hence each 3-credit course transferred from a semester institution earns 4.5 credits at DePaul. As a result, students may have credits that exceed the required number in a particular component of the program. These excess general education credits may be added up and, when the sum reaches 4 quarter hours (and multiples thereof), applied to other Liberal Studies requirements as follows:
Students who have earned more than 30 credits may use the excess credit to fulfill the domain electives that replace Discover/ Explore Chicago and the Focal Point Seminar. This substitution will be applied before any other.
Students must complete at least one course in each domain, whether through transfer/test credit or DePaul credit. Once that requirement has been met, students may apply the excess credit to any of the following domains: Arts & Literature; Philosophical Inquiry; Religious Dimensions; Self, Society & the Modern World; Understanding the Past, or Scientific Inquiry (except for the Lab or Science as a Way of Knowing courses). College-specific rules may apply; see your academic advisor.
Students may combine excess credit with the Modern Language Option within a single domain as long as they complete at least one course (transfer or DePaul) per domain.
Students who have test credit must have official score reports sent directly to the Transfer Articulation Center (TrAC).
Transfer Students Who Complete the GECC of the IAI