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The First-Year Program

​​Welcome to the First-Year Program Office

The Office of the First-Year Program is open on campus and remotely through email, phone, and Zoom. Below are ways that you may contact the office:

  • General Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 9AM-5PM

  • Questions?: Questions may be directed to the First-Year Program email at by phone at 773-325-7573 or through Live Chat

  • Meetings with First-Year Program Staff: To schedule a meeting on campus or through Zoom with First-Year Program staff, please email

About the First-Year Program

We offer two essential parts of the Liberal Studies Core that all students pursuing a degree at DePaul must take: the Chicago Quarter and Focal Point Seminar.

Course topics range from anything about Chicago to popular culture, literature, film, and more. Choose from courses about the Chicago Cubs, Harry Potter, Devil in the White City, Chicago's architecture, and much more. Keep an eye out for what is offered each quarter!

Best Practices Conference 2018


The First-Year Program hosts events for faculty that teach in the program, including the annual Chicago Quarter Best Practices Conference, Focal Point Seminar Best Practices Conference, quarterly Faculty Chats and more!

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Discover Chicago: Art & Murals


First-Year Program Spotlights feature interviews and stories about program faculty, students and Chicago Quarter and Focal Point Seminar courses.

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