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Specific Questions About Credit for Classes

How many credit hours can I take per quarter? In the summer? In December?

The normal course load is four (4) courses (16 hours) per quarter and the normal limit is five (5) courses (20 hours) per quarter. A student may take a total of five courses (20 hours) across the summer sessions. There is no hard cap for the December interim, but realistically it would be difficult to take more than two courses. Note, however, that for undergraduates, courses taken in the December interim count against their winter quarter allotment and are billed with winter quarter tuition.

Can I take five courses in one quarter?

Yes, but more than 20 quarter hours requires permission from the college office. There will also be additional tuition charged for enrolling in more than 18 hours. Students must apply to the LAS College Office for permission to take more than 20 hours using the 20+ Hour Request Form on-line.

Can I re-take a course that I failed? Can I re-take a course in which I received a D? If I do re-take a class in which I did poorly, how will this appear on my transcript? How will it affect my GPA?

According to DePaul's Student Handbook undergraduate students may have the need to repeat courses. When that occurs, all grades achieved are recorded on the academic record. Upon the initial repeat, only the second grade will be used to determine cumulative credit and to calculate the GPA. If a student repeats that course again, the second and all subsequent grades will be used to calculate the GPA. Credit earned is based on the final attempt. A course must be repeated at DePaul in order for this policy to apply. Students may retake a course in transfer that was originally completed at DePaul. The DePaul grade remains in the GPA, but credit is only accumulated once.


Note: No grade lower than a "C–" is acceptable in a student’s major, minor or allied field. For additional information see graduation requirements


How do I file a grade challenge?

In order to provide a forum for the fair resolution of academic disputes involving individual students and appropriateness of course grades, procedures have been developed and will be applied to all cases involving DePaul University students.  All grade challenges in LAS must be filed by using the Grade Challenge Form available on the Undergraduate Advising Forms​ site. To challenge a grade received in a DePaul class, follow the procedures outlined in DePaul's Undergraduate Course Catalog.

Am I technically a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior?

44 hours = sophomore status 
88 hours = junior status
132 hours = senior status

Can I get into a closed class in History of Art and Architecture?

In most cases, no. In rare cases, this might be possible; students seeking permission to enter a class should first contact the instructor and receive his/her approval.  LAS in general uses a waitlist for closed classes.  If spaces become available in a class, they will be filled by students at the top of the waitlist.


NOTE: It is departmental policy not to admit students to classes that have already reached their enrollment cap, but instructors do have some discretion on this point to accommodate extenuating circumstances. Instructors also may, at their discretion, admit a student after the "add" deadline has passed, by contacting LASAdvising​​ for approval.

I have questions about placement testing. Where can I find information about this?

Placement testing is required in mathematics and writing, and is also available in Modern Languages.  More information about placement testing is available from the Online Placement Process​ site.

Can I complete my DePaul degree while living outside Chicago? Can I take my last eight hours off-campus?

  1. as independent study? 
    Yes. This is DePaul credit

  2. as internship credit (“Experiential Learning”)? 
    The University Internship Program offers online LSP 250 and LSP 350 courses for students living more than 50 miles from campus.

  3. through a Study Abroad program?
    Yes, but only for DePaul-sponsored programs. If it’s a non-DePaul-sponsored program, this is considered transfer credit (see below) 

  4. through transfer credit? 
    Only in unusual circumstances and after completing a Transfer Credit Approval Request​.