Liberal Studies Program > Current Student Resources > 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 XXX code, course descriptions can be found in the University Catalog and in Campus Connect.
For LSP coded courses, the process is somewhat different and depends on the particular LSP course in question:
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, he or she will have to personally log onto Campus Connect to
gain access to his or her 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.
The Liberal Studies Program offers students opportunities for intellectual exploration, acquisition of cultural capital, and academic skill development. You can significantly improve attitudes about the value of the LSP for students if you spend time explaining advantages of the program. Below are some brief talking points you can use in discussing the LSP with your advisees:
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?
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 Modern Language Option (MLO) be met with AP credit or other tests?
How does the student (or do I, on behalf of the student) request a LSP substitution or waiver?
The Modern Language Option (MLO) is available to all BA students who wish to study a modern language beyond the level necessary to meet the College’s language requirement and to BS students who wish to study a modern language at any level. Students selecting the MLO may replace, at most, two domain courses with designated modern language courses. Designated modern language courses include courses that are part of a beginning or intermediate sequence, or two advanced courses, depending on the student’s placement or degree being sought. In all cases, students should discuss the MLO with a professional academic advisor as well, to make sure these courses are accounted for correctly on their records.
Students may generally apply MLO courses to any learning domain, but not to both domains in the following pairs: Philosophical Inquiry and Religious Dimensions; Understanding the Past and Self, Society, and the Modern World; Arts and Literature and Scientific Inquiry [the MLO may not substitute for the lab science requirement]. Students majoring in one modern language may use the MLO for study of a second language at the intermediate level or above.
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 his or her EL requirement:
Celia DeBoer, the Liberal Studies Program Coordinator, is available to address any LSP advising questions. She may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or x54052.