Liberal Studies Program > Advising > LSP Advising Guide
View frequently asked questions by faculty when advising students about their Liberal Studies Program requirements and learn about the specifics of the program.
The University Catalog contains the specific LSP requirements per major. The Liberal Studies Program website lists approved courses by LSP area.
For LSP courses that do NOT have the LSP prefix, course descriptions can be found in the University Catalog and in Campus Connect.
For LSP coded courses:
To find information about an individual student’s progress toward meeting their LSP requirements, you will need to log on to Campus Connect.
If the student is one of your designated or assigned advisees, you will have access to their Degree Progress Report (DPR). Look in your alphabetical listing of your advisees to find the student of interest, and then scroll over to the far right in this box to find the DPR column. If the student is not one of your official academic advisees, the student will have to personally log onto Campus Connect to gain access to their Degree Progress Report.
Transfer students are responsible for knowing how their transferred credit articulates to their DePaul degree requirements. Each college has devised materials that reflect this, in addition to the DPR (e.g., a credit evaluation form, a degree check sheet, a DARS report). If students change their program/plan or inter‐college transfer, these articulations may change. Students need to keep up with these changes; you are not responsible for this. Do not try to advise transfer students about LSP courses without using these supplementary materials.
Double‐majors are comprised of primary major and a secondary major. The primary major determines which Liberal Studies requirements the student must fulfill. No courses in the primary major may be used for Liberal Studies credit. However, up to 50% of the courses in the secondary major that count toward the primary major and/or Liberal Studies requirements can be double‐counted. If you are an advisor in the student’s secondary major, you should discuss strategies for double‐counting courses. The same strategy would also work for minors.
Several questions may arise in the area of Substitutions and Waivers. They include:
If students take a course not approved for LSP credit, is it possible for them to substitute that course and apply it to count for LSP credit?
How does the student (or do I, on behalf of the student) request a LSP substitution or waiver?
Can transferred courses be moved around to meet different requirements?
Do seniors who have not taken the Focal Point Seminar (FPS) still have to take it?
Can the Language for Liberal Studies Option (LLS) be met with AP credit or other tests?
The Language for Liberal Studies Option (LLS), formerly known as the Modern Language Option (MLO), is available to all undergraduate students who wish to study a language beyond the level required for their degree.*
Students who choose the LLS may use a sequence of three courses in the same language to replace three learning domain courses.
These three course substitutions must be made in three different domains, and any substitutions must be consistent with the principle that students complete at least one course in each learning domain.
LLS substitutions may not be used in the Scientific Inquiry-Lab, Scientific Inquiry-Science as a Way of Knowing, or the Math and Computing requirements.
Students with a primary major in a modern language may apply the LLS to a three-course sequence in an additional language at any level. Students with a secondary major in a modern language may apply the LLS to any three-course language sequence beyond the language requirement associated with their primary major. This three-course sequence can be either in the language of their secondary major or in an additional language.
*Students with a two-year language requirement can use the LLS after they've completed their college's Modern Language Requirement. BFA students should speak to their academic advisor about using the LLS. Students in the University Honors Program are not eligible for the LLS. LLS-eligible courses are taught in the target language (i.e. the language of instruction is French, Spanish, Japanese, German, etc.). Courses taught in English are not LLS-eligible.
The most common EL course options include Study Abroad, Domestic Study, Community‐based Service Learning, Career Internships, or Independent Study in either an individual or group research project supervised by a faculty member. Because of the variety of ways in which a student can meet the EL requirement, as well as the variability among the different programs for how the requirement is to be met, many questions can arise when it comes to advising a student about their EL requirement:
John Shanahan, the Liberal Studies Program Director, and Reina Ashley Nomura, the Liberal Studies Program Coordinator, are available to address any LSP advising questions. Both of their contact information is available under the Administration tab.