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Proposing a New Course: Chicago Quarter & Focal Point Seminar

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Proposing a new Discover or Explore Chicago course

While the Chicago Quarter program is designed to offer faculty from any discipline a great deal of flexibility in choosing and developing a topic, all courses must:
  • Have the city itself at the heart of the course;
  • Support first-year students as they transition into the DePaul community;
  • Expose students to a variety of ​Chicago’s neighborhoods and communities;​
  • Operate using the teaching-team model, with each Chicago Quarter faculty member leading a teaching team that includes a professional staff member and a peer student mentor;
  • Pursue the LSP Learning Goals; and
  • Satisfy the Chicago Quarter Learning Outcomes & Writing Expectations.
Deadline for Discover & Explore Chicago:   December 15

Process:  Faculty interested in submitting proposals for Chicago Quarter courses are advised to:
  1. Review the Chicago Quarter page on this website;
  2. Read over the Chicago Quarter Faculty Handbook;
  3. Carefully consider the Chicago Quarter Learning Outcomes & Writing Expectations (which are central to the proposal);​​
  4. Familiarize themselves with the online proposal form;
  5. Consult  with Doug Long, Director of the First-Year Program, 773-325-4569, prior to preparing the proposal for submission; and then​
  6. Submit a proposal online by December 15.​

Proposals for new Chicago Quarter courses to be taught during a given academic year must be submitted and approved during the preceding academic year. (Once approved, a course does not require annual re-approval.)  Thus, a course proposed by 12/15/2018 may first be taught, following approval, in Autumn 2019.

Proposals are reviewed by the Chicago Quarter Advisory Committee, chaired in 2018-19 by Dr. Leah Bryant, 312-362-7948.  Committee responses are typically emailed by early February.

Each May a Chicago Quarter Best Practices event is held; while teaching teams scheduled to teach the following fall are expected to attend, faculty contemplating proposing a course are also welcome.

Qualifications:  Faculty teaching Chicago Quarter are required to have a graduate degree and expected to have at least one year of full-time college teaching experience (or the equivalent in courses taught as instructor of record), including some experience at DePaul.

HON 110 & 111:  Those proposing Chicago Quarter courses that they wish to have considered as potential Honors courses are advised to contact the Director of the Honors Program, Dr. Martha Martinez-Firestone​, 773-325-4137, prior to submission.   The proposal process is the same; once a course is approved by the CQ Advisory Committee, the decision whether to offer it in any given year as an Honors section is made by the Honors Program.​