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The Chicago Quarter

​The Chicago Quarter is a required course for all first-year students. The Chicago Quarter courses reflect the central goals of the larger Liberal Studies Program at DePaul. Its objectives include:

  • Knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world
  • Intellectual and creative skills
  • Personal responsibility and social transformation
  • Integrative learning

Offered during the Autumn Quarter, Discover Chicago and Explore Chicago courses acquaint first-year students at DePaul with the metropolitan community, its neighborhoods, cultures, people, institutions, organizations and urban issues. Students also learn about university life, resources and how to be a successful student through the Common Hour portion of each Chicago Quarter course. 

The Common Hour is delivered by current DePaul students and professional staff members, as a means to provide first-year students with peer support and peer-to-peer learning opportunities. Learning is accomplished through a variety of means, but particularly through first-hand observation, participation, personal discovery, reflection, discussion and guest lecturers.

For more information about The Chicago Quarter, see the FYP w​​ebsite​.

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The Office of the First Year Program can answer your questions about the Chicago Quarter Program, please email firstyear@depaul.edu  or call 773-325-7573.

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