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Liberal Studies Program (LSP)

DePaul’s University’s Liberal Studies Program (LSP) provides students with a well-rounded and intellectually challenging education. The thinking, writing, speaking, and computational skills gained from the combined LSP requirements facilitate successful graduation, and beyond that, enable students to pursue productive careers while being actively engaged in life-long learning. Ultimately, the LSP seeks to educate future leaders who will create a more just and humane world.

Liberal Studies Website

Teaching Sophomore Seminars (LSP 200)

DePaul students are required to take LSP 200, a course that addresses multiculturalism in the context of the United States. Multiculturalism encompasses various dimensions of identity, including but not limited to issues of race and ethnicity, class, gender, language, religion, sexual orientation, disability as well as nationality. Students are asked to develop a critical perspective about the meaning of multiculturalism and provide an understanding of the historical and/or contemporary manifestations of inequality. The seminars must examine the contributions of at least three cultural/and or ethnic groups to the ongoing development of the American experience and American society and culture.

LSP 200 Virtual Colloquium

The Liberal Studies Program office strives to provide means of connection and innovation for LSP 200 instructors. As a part of this goal, a dedicated virtual colloquium exists for LSP 200 instructors to ask questions and share resources (Campus Connect ID required). If you are unable to log in or require assistance, please write to liberalstudies@depaul.edu.

Teaching Junior Year Experiential Learning Courses (JYEL)

DePaul students must take a Junior Year Experiential Learning (JYEL) course, which provides them the opportunity to engage in the first-hand discovery of knowledge through observation and participation in activities in an unpredictable setting (usually but not always off-campus). Students are asked to reflect on what they have learned about themselves, others, and a larger social context given the connection between course content and their experience. To do this, they may have contact with a community, an international setting, a workforce environment, or take on a role in the classroom or laboratory that is substantively different than that of student, such as model the professional behavior of a researcher or teacher. JYEL courses range from internships, study abroad, Community-based Service Learning, and Academic Practicum. JYEL Courses (other than internships) must have at least 25 hours of field-based, experiential contact time. Internships must have at least 100 hours. Download a list of JYEL best practices.

Independent Study for JYEL Credit

Students may also opt to pursue an independent study for JYEL credit. Like other JYEL courses, students in independent studies will be expected to have 25 hours of experiential contact time, produce a tangible product or artifact reflecting on the relationship of the JYEL learning outcomes to the independent study in which the student has been engaged. Students must apply to have their independent study considered for JYEL and must demonstrate how they will be meeting the JYEL learning outcomes.

Teaching in the Domains

The Liberal Studies Program offers over 1,700 sections per quarter, with over half of those coming from the domains: Arts and Literature; Philosophical Inquiry; Religious Dimensions; Scientific Inquiry; Self, Society, and the Modern World; and Understanding the Past. It is housed within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences but is a university-wide program to which every college contributes courses and faculty.

LSP Domain Best Practices

When teaching in the domains, instructors should make sure their course syllabus is detailed and includes the learning outcomes for their particular domain. Additionally, instructors should provide graded assignments throughout the quarter (not just at the end), so that students are apprised of their performance.


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