Grades and Credit Hours Requirements
Students must earn grades of ‘C’ or above in all courses taken for credit in the major field. Grades of ‘C-’ may be accepted for major field credit provided the overall grade point average within the major is 2.0 or above. All other courses require grades of ‘D’ or better.
All students must complete a minimum of 192 quarter hours of college credit. Students in the BFA in Graphic Design are required to complete a minimum of 208 quarter hours.
Prospective students may transfer credit from an accredited college to DePaul University. All transfer credit will be initially evaluated by an Admission counselor; final course placement will be made by an academic advisor in the College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM). For specific information governing transfer admission and evaluation of credit, please consult the DePaul University Undergraduate Transfer webpage. Current CDM students may take courses at another accredited college either in the summer or during the regular school year and transfer the credit back to DePaul University only with prior approval from the student’s academic advisor.
Liberal Studies Program
The Liberal Studies Program is the common curriculum taken by all students in the seven undergraduate colleges of DePaul University. Overall, the Program is designed to develop students’ writing abilities, computational and technological proficiencies, and critical and creative thinking skills.
CDM offers dozens of courses in many domains of the Liberal Studies Program. You can experiment by taking courses in animation, screenwriting, digital photography, game design, graphic design and databases and fulfill a requirement at the same time. Many of these courses also serve as gateway courses into more advanced CDM courses.
Restrictions for CDM Students
A CDM student can take any CDM course approved for liberal studies credit and use it to satisfy a domain of the liberal studies program (LSP) provided the course is NOT required as part of the student's major.
A CDM student cannot count a course as a liberal studies requirement and a major requirement. No double counting is allowed for CDM classes by CDM students.
- An Animation major CANNOT use ANI 206 to satisfy an arts and literature domain requirement because ANI 206 is required for all Animation majors.
- An Animation major CAN take CSC 223 to satisfy a self, society and the modern world domain requirement. The course qualifies for the SSMW domain and it is not required in the Animation major.
- A Computer Science major CAN take GPH 259 to satisfy the Scientific Inquiry (SI)-Quantitative-Lab domain requirement because the course is not required by the CS major AND it counts for SI-Lab which is a required domain for CS students.
- A Computer Science major CANNOT take CSC 250 to satisfy SI because, although the course is not required by any CDM major, it qualifies for SI-quantitative (not Lab) which is NOT a required domain for CDM students.
- A Computer Science major takes GD 200 for an arts and literature domain requirement. Although GD 200 is allowed as an elective even if it is not a 300 level course, the student CANNOT count the course both as satisfying an LSP domain AND as an elective for the CS program.