Division of Student Affairs > Student Life > Transitioning to DePaul > 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:
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.
Within the Chicago Quarter, new students have the opportunity to take either a Discover Chicago course or an Explore Chicago course. Each course meets the goals outlined above, but are structured slightly different.
Note: Discover Chicago courses begin with Immersion Week, one week prior to the official start of the Autumn Quarter. Explore Chicago courses begin at the same time as regular classes.
Both Discover Chicago and Explore Chicago include the Common Hour. Common Hour supports students’ transition to the university by providing education and information on university life, resources and how to be a successful student. The Common Hour curriculum is delivered by Chicago Quarter Mentors (current DePaul students) and Staff Professionals (DePaul staff members or graduate students). Chicago Quarter Mentors offer first-year students peer support and peer-to-peer learning opportunities.
The Common Hour curriculum consists of ten, one-hour lessons focusing on the following areas: Community, Wellness, Academic Success, Academic Planning & Registration, and Explore Your Purpose
The Office of the First Year Program can answer your questions about the Chicago Quarter Program, please email email@example.com or call 773-325-7573.