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The First-Year Program

Important note: This page contains general information about DePaul’s Chicago Quarter program. There have been several changes to Autumn Quarter 2020 Chicago Quarter courses due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines. Please navigate to the new CHICAGO QUARTER 2020 webpage for details.

Welcome to the First-Year Program Virtual Office

Amidst the COVID-19 impact on the University, the Office of the First-Year Program remains open remotely through email, phone, and Zoom. As we receive new information, we will provide updates through our homepage. Below are ways that you can contact the office along with COVID-19 resources.

  • General questions: Faculty and student questions may be directed to the First-Year Program email at firstyr@depaul.edu or by phone at 773-325-7573. When calling, please leave a voicemail and a representative will respond to your call within 24 hours. If you reach us over the weekend, we will respond the following Monday.

  • Resources for faculty: A new COVID-19 resource page is available to faculty as they prepare for Spring Quarter courses. Navigate to the "For Faculty" section of the website or click here to access the page.

  • Zoom meetings with First-Year Program Staff: To schedule a Zoom meeting with First-Year Program staff, please emailfirstyr@depaul.edu.

  • University Updates: For more University updates regarding COVID-19, visit go.depaul.edu/covid.

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

Events

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

Spotlights

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


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Questions

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