College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Modern Languages > Student Resources > Academic Advising > Degree Progress
Navigating college can be daunting, but you don't have to muddle your way through. Review the following information to better manage your degree progress and you're in for a smoother ride as you navigate the many outstanding resources and tools available to you at DePaul University.
The MOL staff advisor is here to help you make sense of your college experience, life after college and direct you to the appropriate resources, policies, procedures, etc. The staff advisor will provide you with one perspective and encourage you to seek multiple perspectives to enable you to make more well-informed decisions.
For a more in-depth answer of who does what (university, advisor, student expectations), please review DePaul's statement on academic advising.
The MOL staff advisor is located in the Schmitt Academic Center, suite 310. Please set up an appointment using Campus Connect's Bluestar system.
Advisors are officially assigned by major/college and are listed in Bluestar under your Success Network. Want to avoid being bounced around? Learn more about advisor assignments and the structure of advising at DePaul through the DePaul Academic Advising Network (DAAN), an internal organization for DePaul advisors. Understanding the advising structure can help you to better access the advisors who are able to help you. You can also get a better feel for the DePaul advising experience by reviewing advising videos.
Short video tutorials on how to manage and read a Degree Progress Report, fit in multiple programs and understand the basics of a college degree can be found online through the Department of Modern Languages Youtube channel.
Visit the DePaul Central website to learn more about the DPR (includes video tutorials).
You are held to the requirements that are in place when you declare a major/minor. In the Course Catalog (after you select the program), click on the top left menu options to review specific college requirements, Liberal Studies Program requirements, major requirements, etc.
Use this template to create a four-year plan outlining which courses to take and when. After completing it, email it to a staff advisor for verification. This will help in planning for study abroad, internships and other goals. Completing a four-year plan is one of the best ways to help you understand and take ownership of college experiences. Employers will expect employees to have the ability to process information, plan, prioritize and organize responsibilities. Make the time to create a college four-year plan and help develop/polish these important skills.
The DPR is an internal tool designed as a check list to help keep track of the necessary classes to complete degree requirements. It often needs to be manually updated by an advisor. Manual updates do not generally happen automatically. Review your DPR reguarly and contact your staff advisor or college advising office (email address at the top of the DPR worksheet view) to request DPR updates.
Things to keep in mind when using the DPR:
When looking for classes in Campus Connect, check your DPR to ensure you know which classes you need. Here are a few tips to help you with scheduling:
If you're planning to participate in a study abroad experience before you graduate, review the study abroad program class options and compare them to your DPR class requirements. Review the Advising FAQ area under study abroad for more on degree progress and study abroad. Watch this degree progress study abroad video to better understand how to plan for a study abroad program.
You have thousands of course options! While this can feel overwhelming, it's also liberating because you need not be limited to only taking classes in one specific area. When you pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree with a language major you have many open electives. This allows you to explore your interests and further develop skills and enhance your knowledge in areas that are important to you. Take the Life Values Inventory and VIA Character Strengths survey to learn more about yourself. The results may help you to better identify and define the skills and knowledge of relevance to you, which in turn may help you to select courses best suited to you.
Though it will take time, you may also review course options under My Planner and select "add to planner" for courses of interest to you. This will help you to further explore the many disciplines available at DePaul and enable you to make more well-informed decisions in relation to your courses.
Faculty typically meet at least once a quarter to discuss things related to their program, such as class scheduling for upcoming quarters, among other things. Establish rapport with your major program faculty and ask them about which classes they plan to offer in the upcoming year(s).
You'll be added to the class based on your number on the waitlist. As other students drop, students are automatically enrolled from the waitlist. You'll be blocked from being added to the class if you're enrolled in a class that conflicts with another class offered at the same time or if you don't meet the prerequisites. To avoid enrollment blocks due to class scheduling conflicts, be sure to add yourself to the waitlist through the swap feature. Thoroughly review the information listed here to understand how to do this.