Teaching Commons > Teaching at DePaul > Explore Your Purpose
To guide current and planned curricular content for the Explore Your Purpose effort, the following
enduring understandings, or “big ideas,” have been developed:
Living a Meaningful Life
Personal meaning and social purpose are essential components for a good and fulfilling life and are assets in one’s work/career.
Discerning a sense of vocation (personal meaning and social purpose) happens over time and requires intentionality and ongoing reflection as well as help from others.
Understanding the Vincentian Heart
Living with personal meaning and social purpose is not all about you, but ultimately more about how you relate to the larger world and human community.
Sustaining the Journey
Sustaining personal meaning and social purpose over a lifetime will require moving through moments of difficulty and developing sustaining practices which foster and evolve one’s sense of vocation in an ongoing way over time.
Enduring Understandings and Associated Learning Outcomes PDF
Detailed Description of Enduring Understandings PDF
Explore Your Purpose at DePaul is supported by a grant to DePaul University from the Council of Independent Colleges
Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE). The
Lilly Endowment generously supports such NetVUE grants to its college and university members.