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Exception Policies

​​These are guidelines for submitting an exception request for Liberal Studies Program (LSP) requirements. Exception requests for the Experiential Learning requirement have varying policies noted below. 

 Information Required for LSP exceptions/waivers requests:

  • Student Full name
  • Student ID number
  • email address
  • Advisor Name
  • Advisor DePaul email address
  • Home college
  • A description of the request*
  • Syllabus for DePaul courses
  • Syllabus & Course description (URL) for non-DePaul courses

To make an exception or waiver request, please fill out the form below, email and copy your advisor on the email. 

LSP Exception Request Form

If the exception or waiver request is approved, your advisor will make the change to your Degree Progress Report (DPR). 

* If the request comes from an advisor, they need to state the reason they are submitting the request on behalf of the student. (These requests include one-offs and, for returning students, groups of old LSP or pre-LSP program courses.)

Experiential Learning Exception Policies

Effective Summer 2020 through Summer 2022.


To provide flexibility for students to fulfill the Liberal Studies EL requirement in an environment where opportunities for internships, service learning, paid work, and study abroad are significantly diminished. (This policy is derived from the military exception that the LSP office developed in 2016 as a by-request option for veterans who wish to use their military service to fulfill EL.)

Liberal Studies Credit Hours

If approved, the student's EL Portfolio fulfills the EL requirement on the DPR but earns no credit hours. Instead, the student can apply 4 credit hours to an additional Liberal Studies domain course not otherwise required by their program.

Student Eligibility

Students must have 132 earned credit hours at the time of portfolio submission. 

Forms of Eligible Experience

Paid or unpaid internships (in-person or remote), military service, living or working abroad, work or volunteer service at non-profits, extensive co-curricular work or leadership, service immersion, and entrepreneurial activities. Generally, the experience to be documented should have taken place within the last two years and NOT be associated with a credit-bearing class at DePaul or in High School (dual-credit).

The Experience Portfolio has two elements:

1.  A well-written, proofread, reflective essay of 2000-2500 words describing the experience.

  In dialogue with the learning outcomes of EL courses, the essay describes:

    • a timeline and description of the work experience or other experience/environment

    • tools and skills used and learned during the experience

    • accomplishments and impact of the experience on oneself and on others

    • how the student's academic work applied to the experience

    • how the experience will inform future life and plans

2.  Documentation of the experience, such as photos/screenshots of work done, company or organization record of work (e.g. offer letter, personnel review, pay stub), documentation of travel or military service, testimonials of impact, or other records.


The portfolio should be emailed to with a self- introduction (include full name and student ID), requesting that it fulfill EL credit, and copy the home college (list below). The LSP office will review submitted portfolios, and reserves the right to require revision before approval or to deny the request.

Each college has a point person or resource email that needs to be copied on the request:

For this by-request waiver of the EL requirement, the student is to write a 2000-word essay describing how their military experience (leadership, challenges, etc.) meets the EL learning objectives:

The experiential learning requirement engages students in the first-hand discovery of knowledge through observation and participation in activities in an unpredictable setting, usually (but not exclusively) off-campus. Students are asked to reflect on what they have learned about themselves, others, and a larger social context given the connection between course content and their experience. To do this, they may have contact with a community, an international setting, a workforce environment, or take on a role in the classroom or laboratory that is substantively different than that of student, such as model the professional behavior of a researcher or teacher.

Students who successfully complete the Experiential Learning requirement will be able to:

  • Apply particular concepts from readings, lectures, etc. to an analysis of lived experiences in the settings provided by the course.
  • Use the experiences provided by the course to construct and articulate the impact of their experience on their understanding of course content.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethics appropriate to his or her experiential placement.
  • Synthesize and articulate how the ideas and experiences provided by the course might inform their personal, academic, and/or professional pursuits.

The essay can be emailed to with a few sentences of self- introduction (include full name and student ID) and requesting that this count for EL credit.

Students may apply to have their Independent Study considered for Experiential Learning (EL) credit.

To use a Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS) Independent Study for EL credit, students need to complete this form: LAS Independent Study Form

To use an Independent Study outside of LAS for EL credit, students need to complete this form: Non-LAS Independent Study Form