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Questions About Liberal Studies

Note: All students, whether native or transfer, must complete the Liberal Studies Program (LSP). The Department of History of Art and Architecture cannot waive these requirements or authorize substitutions. Some requirements may be fulfilled by Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) or transfer credits. Students in special circumstances may request course substitutions or waivers by completing a LAS Petition for Exception to Policy, but substitutions and waivers are not automatic and should not be expected. For more on the Liberal Studies Program, see the Liberal Studies Program website. Students participating in the Honors Program do not participate in the Liberal Studies Program. Honors students should direct any questions regarding the Liberal Studies Program to their Honors Program advisor.

Do I have to take LSP 120?

Yes, unless you have fulfilled one of the following four equivalents:
  1. taken calculus (MATH 147, or 150, or 160, or 170, or BMS 125);
  2. taken an equivalent course at another institution;
  3. passed the Quantitative Reasoning and Technological Literacy I (QRTL I) test (a proctored exam, which cannot be taken off-site); or
  4. received Advanced Placement credit for calculus.

*The only students for whom LSP 120 or one of these equivalents is not required are those who are required to take a calculus sequence for their majors.

Do I have to take LSP 121?

If you began attending DePaul in Fall 2006 or later (whether as a first-year or transfer student) you must take LSP 121, UNLESS one of the following situations applies to you:
  • You are an Honors student (for Honors students, LSP 180 replaces LSP 121.)
  • You are required to take a calculus sequence for your primary major (NOTE: Students cannot substitute calculus or any other courses for LSP 121 by choice; the calculus sequence must be required by their major to substitute for LSP 121 [or LSP 180, for Honors students].)
  • You transferred to DePaul with the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) curriculum.

There is an equivalency test for LSP 121 that students can take, but unless they have a fairly advanced background in computer programming, they are unlikely to "pass out" of LSP 121. For more information on the QRTL​ II (LSP 121) equivalency exam, please go to the Quantitative Reasoning Center (click on "placement", then click "LSP 121" tab. Use the link labeled "LSP 121 Placement Exam Study Guide.")

PLEASE NOTE: Non-Honors students who take both LSP 120 and LSP 121 may "waive" one of their Liberal Studies program Learning Domain courses OTHER THAN the Scientific Inquiry: Lab course. Please note, however, that all students must take at least one course in each Learning Domain. So, for example, a student who is using a Modern Language Option course as a substitute for one of the two "Philosophical Inquiry" domain courses cannot also use the LSP 121 waiver to substitute for the other required course in that domain.

How can I satisfy the “Experiential Learning” requirement?

All students must take some kind of Junior Year Experiential Learning (JYEL) course as a degree requirement. Students can fulfill this requirement in a number of ways, including through the following:
  • A community-based service learning course
  • Another JYEL-eligible course offered through a university department
  • Approved off-campus foreign or domestic study programs
  • An internship or co-op arrangement, combined with a linked DePaul course  (see additional information about this option in the questions below)
Note: You can identify specific JYEL-eligible courses offered each quarter through the Campus Connect enrollment system.  (Set the filter in the "Liberal Studies Requirement" field to "Junior Year Experiential Learning.")
Students are encouraged to fulfill their JYEL requirement during their junior year, but some students may complete this requirement in the sophomore or senior year.  Please speak with your advisor about the best options for you. Visit the Junior Year Experiential Learning site for further information.​

If a HAA course is "Experiential Learning" eligible, can I apply it toward both my major in HAA and also the “Experiential Learning” requirement?

Yes, but using the same course to satisfy requirements for both the major and the Experiential Learning component of the Liberal Studies program will require you to complete an extra Liberal Studies domain elective in a department outside the Department of the History of Art and Architecture. (See the portion of the answer above that quotes from the Liberal Studies website.)

How do I get an internship that meets the “Experiential Learning” requirement?

Students who wish to register for the Liberal Studies Internship (LSP 250, 251, 252, or 350) should first contact the Career Center in advance of the quarter during which they plan to perform the internship, so that preparatory skills for site placement can be obtained.

What is the Capstone Seminar?

Students are required to take a Liberal Studies capstone course in their major field during their senior year. The History of Art and Architecture capstone is HAA 390. The capstone provides students with an opportunity to integrate their major area of study with broader issues raised in their general education program. The Liberal Studies capstone experience allows students to see the relationship between the ideas, perspectives, and substantive areas of scholarship and creative work within their major field and those learned through significant aspects of their course work in the learning domain courses and other courses and experiences of the Liberal Studies Program.

A liberal studies capstone course can meet both major field and liberal studies requirements. Students who complete one course to fulfill both major field credit and liberal studies credit must complete an additional domain elective (from outside the major). The third language course of the modern language option can fulfill this domain elective.

Because the course is offered through the major field department, students must receive a grade of C- or better in this course.

Note: Students who are double majors, may take their Liberal Studies Capstone in another department, but they must still take HAA 390 to meet the departmental major requirements.​

I currently have a job/internship in a professional area that interests me; can I use this to satisfy the "Experiential Learning" requirement?

Students should contact the Career Center with these questions. The Career Center's phone numbers are: Loop: (312) 362-8437; Lincoln Park: (773) 325-7431. For additional information visit the Career Center website.