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Recommended Courses

​​​​While course requirements are not necessary for admission to the university, please use the information below to help in selecting courses that will best fit your intended DePaul major. A complete list of all undergraduate majors available at DePaul can be found in the University Catalog​.

Students attending an Illinois community college before transferring to DePaul are advised to take the following recommended courses as part of their Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree. By completing your degree at an Illinois community college, most other Liberal Studies courses (DePaul’s general education requirements) will automatically be completed through DePaul’s participation in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI). DePaul also has transfer agreements for some Associate Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree programs with specific colleges that can be found on the Transfer Agreements​ page.

If you are not transferring from an Illinois community college, you can also follow the recommendations below, but will also want to be in contact with our Transfer Admission office for assistance with planning your course selections prior to transfer.

To be applied toward the Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) degree, the courses listed below must be completed with a grade of C or better.

See the transfer guide for specific DePaul course numbers and equivalent transfer courses. Keep in mind that Driehaus College of Business majors have few open electives in the degree.

  • Financial Accounting*
  • Managerial Accounting*
  • Business Law, equivalent to BLW 201 Legal & Ethical Aspects in the Business Environment
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics

*At some IL community colleges, students must transfer the pair of Financial and Managerial Accountancy to receive credit for ACC 102 Intro to Accountancy II. If the guide below shows No Equivalent Course listed for ACC 102, this is the case for your college. It is recommended that students transfer in these courses from the same college for consistency. Please reach out to your DePaul transfer admission counselor if you have any questions.

Math Requirement

Begin your math sequence as soon as possible prior to transferring.

  • Business Statistics, equivalent to MAT 137

Students are advised to complete the equivalent to MAT 130 Precalculus with a grade of C- or better prior to transferring, as this course is a prerequisite for other classes in the degree. Students will also have the option to test out of this requirement prior to enrolling in their first term at DePaul.

For more information on complete degree requirements, please review the online university catalog.

No matter which major you choose to study, you should find courses at your community college that have equivalents at DePaul. Contact us or use the transfer tools available on the Transferring Your Courses webpage prior to taking courses at your community college.

The following courses are recommended to be completed prior to your transfer into the College of Communication.

Core courses for all majors:

  • Introduction to Human Communication; Mass Communication; Intercultural Communication; Public Speaking

Courses by major:

  • Communication Studies: Performance of Literature; Interpersonal Communication; and Research Methods
  • Journalism: Introduction to Journalism; Feature Writing
  • Media and Cinema Studies: History of Cinema; Film and Video Analysis
  • Organizational Communication: Business and Professional Communication; Small Group Communication; Organizational Communication
  • Public Relations and Advertising: Principles of Advertising; Introduction to Public Relations; Writing for Public Relations and Advertising

No matter which of our three schools your major is associated with, courses from your community college should transfer here to DePaul. Course recommendations vary considerably by major; use the transfer tools available on the Transferring Your Courses webpage or contact us if you have specific questions about whether a course will transfer and apply in a specific major.

No matter which major you choose to study, you should find courses at your community college that are likely to have equivalents at DePaul. Contact us or use the transfer tools available on the Transferring Your Courses webpage prior to taking courses at your community college.

The following courses are recommended to be completed prior to your transfer into the College of Education:

  • U.S. History and Introduction to the American Political System: these are required courses for all education majors.
  • Introduction to Education: check for transfer equivalences specific to your program and community college where the course is taken.
  • Human Development: select the courses that correlate to the age level you hope to teach (for example, early childhood human development, elementary age human development, adolescent human development, etc.).
  • Educational Psychology: check for transfer equivalence specific to your program and community college where the course is taken.
  • Mainstreaming Students with Disabilities: typically transfers to elementary education and secondary education.
  • Math for Elementary Teachers 1 and 2: typically transfers to elementary education. Begin math sequence as soon as possible at your community college.
  • Physical Education Courses: typically transfers to physical education and exercise science (10 hours required).

Most majors can follow the General LAS Recommendations below, but listed majors have additional recommendations. Please use the DePaul Transfer Guides and Transfer Course Lists to find the courses at your institution that match the recommendations below.

General LAS Recommendations

Mathematics LSP 120 Quantitative Reasoning and Technological Literacy
Elective Recommendations One full year of the same modern/world language
One Philosophical Inquiry equivalent
One Religious Dimensions equivalent

Criminology Recommendations

DePaul has a transfer agreement with the College of DuPage for students completing the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Criminal Justice. More information on this agreement can be found here.

Mathematics LSP 120 Quantitative Reasoning and Technological Literacy
Social and Behavioral Science CRIM 101 Introduction to the Criminal Legal System
Other transferrable Criminology course
Elective Recommendations One full year of the same modern/world language
One Philosophical Inquiry equivalent
One Religious Dimensions equivalent

Latin American and Latino Studies Recommendations

Mathematics LSP 120 Quantitative Reasoning and Technological Literacy
Elective Recommendations Two full years (introductory and intermediate levels) in Spanish
One Philosophical Inquiry equivalent
One Religious Dimensions equivalent

Political Science Recommendations

Mathematics LSP 120 Quantitative Reasoning and Technological Literacy
Social and Behavioral Science
Political Science Standard concentration Any two of PSC 120 American Political System, PSC 130 Introduction to Political Theory, PSC 140 Introduction to International Relations, or PSC 150 Introduction to Comparative Politics
American Politics concentration PSC 120 American Political System
PSC 130 Introduction to Political Theory, PSC 140 Introduction to International Relations, or PSC 150 Introduction to Comparative Politics
International Politics concentration PSC 140 Introduction to International Relations OR PSC 150 Introduction to Comparative Politics
PSC 120 American Political System or PSC 130 Introduction to Political Theory
Law and Theory concentration PSC 130 Introduction to Political Theory
PSC 120 American Political System, PSC 140 Introduction to International Relations, or PSC 150 Introduction to Comparative Politics
Elective Recommendations One full year of the same modern/world language
One Philosophical Inquiry equivalent
One Religious Dimensions equivalent

Sociology Recommendations

Mathematics LSP 120 Quantitative Reasoning and Technological Literacy
Social and Behavioral Science SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology OR SOC 105 Social Problems
Other transferrable Sociology course
Elective Recommendations Statistics
One full year of the same modern/world language
One Philosophical Inquiry equivalent
One Religious Dimensions equivalent

If you plan to major in science, we recommend that you select your major early in your college career.

Most science majors require a large number of introductory and prerequisite courses. If you don’t take certain classes right away, it may take you longer than four years to complete your degree.

For many of the science, health and math majors, we recommend that you complete two semesters or three quarters of calculus before you transfer here.  This will help you be prepared for the math required to take many upper level science and major courses.

You don’t have to complete these core requirements before transferring, but we highly recommend you take equivalent courses whenever possible. Along with general education courses, we recommend you take some of these core course in your intended majors:

  • Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Clinical Lab Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences and Neuroscience: a yearlong sequence of general biology, a yearlong sequence of general or analytical chemistry.
  • Actuarial Sciences, Data Science, Mathematics, and Physics*: a yearlong sequence of college calculus.

*A yearlong sequence of university physics is recommended if you're considering majoring in Physics.

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