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. Some liberal studies courses introduce the institution's unique Catholic, Vincentian, and urban mission and identity, and may include opportunities for community service. While the liberal studies curriculum itself is quite varied, the program as a whole shares these six learning goals: 1) Mastery of Content, 2) Intellectual and Creative Skills, 3) Personal and Social Responsibility, 4) Intercultural and Global Understanding, 5)Integration of Learning, and 6) Preparation for Career and Beyond.
This goal embraces the breadth and
depth of ideas, theories, approaches, and information which DePaul students
encounter through and beyond their studies.
Outcomes: DePaul students will demonstrate and be able to apply:
general knowledge of cultures, religions, science, the
arts, history, and computational reasoning.
specialized knowledge and skills from within a specific
discipline or field.
In order to fully engage with
knowledge, whether for a specific purpose or for its own sake, DePaul students
are encouraged to develop the ability to think critically and imaginatively,
formulate their own understanding, and effectively communicate their ideas.
This goal articulates specific skills that comprise these broader abilities.
Outcomes: DePaul students will be able to:
systematically access, analyze and evaluate information
and ideas from multiple sources in order to identify underlying
assumptions, and formulate conclusions.
solve quantitative problems.
create and support arguments using a variety of
use existing knowledge to generate and synthesize ideas
in original ways.
communicate clearly in speech and writing.
articulate their own beliefs and convictions, as well
as others’ beliefs, about what it means to be human and to create a just
articulate what is entailed in becoming a self-directed
ethical decision-maker and living a life of personal integrity.
evaluate ethical issues from multiple perspectives and
employ those considerations to chart coherent and justifiable courses of
benefit their communities through socially responsible
engagement and leadership.
Outcomes: DePaul students will demonstrate:
respect for and learning from the perspectives of
others different from themselves.
knowledge of global interconnectedness and
knowledge to become a steward of global resources for a
Given the wide range of
opportunities for learning at DePaul, it is important for students to develop
the ability to consider relationships among individual experiences of learning
so as to make meaning of their education in all its variety.
relate their learning -- curricular and co-curricular
-- to multiple fields and realms of experience.
make connections among ideas and experiences in order
to synthesize and transfer learning to daily practice.
design, develop, and execute a significant intellectual
This final learning goal builds on
all the rest and calls on students to be ready to apply their knowledge and
skills to the changing world that awaits them.
set goals for future work that are the result of
realistic self-appraisal and reflection.
articulate their skills and knowledge and represent
themselves to external audiences.
work toward goals independently and in collaboration
employ technology to create, communicate, and synthesize
set priorities and allocate resources.
apply strategies for a practice of life-long learning.