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The First Year Program in the Common Core is made up of the Chicago Quarter (Discover or Explore Chicago), the Focal Point Seminar, First Year Writing, and Quantitative Reasoning and Technological Literacy.

The First Year experience begins when incoming students in autumn take a Chicago Quarter (CQ) course. From over a hundred different topic offerings, students select either Discover Chicago, which includes an intensive immersion week experience prior to the start of fall classes, or Explore Chicago, which meets during the regular fall term. Regardless of type, CQ instructors use both traditional and experiential pedagogies to teach students not only relevant course content, but also information about the city's people, communities, institutions, and system of public transportation. All CQ classes further include a co-curricular component called the Common Hour, which is designed to facilitate students' transition to the college experience, and give them initial exposure to DePaul's distinctive mission.

Students take additional Common Core courses during their first year. The WRD 103-WRD 104 sequence introduces different conventions of writing, and instructs students on how to analyze readings, write for different audiences, and take a rhetorical stance. Some students may be required to take preparatory writing classes before being eligible to enroll in WRD 103.

The Focal Point Seminar further emphasizes different forms of writing, and helps students develop strong oral communication skills. Applying critical perspectives and through multiple lens of inquiry, students learn to discuss and debate ideas and issues beyond their own opinions.

Lastly, first-year students begin a two-course sequence in Quantitative Reasoning and Technology Literacy (QRTL I-QRTL II) designed to teach them how to apply quantitative reasoning and quantitative information, and to critically evaluate real-world issues and problems using modern information technologies.

Some students may be required to take preparatory math classes before being eligible to enroll in QRTL courses, while other students may have one or both QRTL courses met by AP scores, transfer credit, or proficiency tests. Majors that require calculus do not require QRTL.

Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
HON 110HONORS DISCOVER CHICAGO4
HON 111HONORS EXPLORE CHICAGO4
LSP 110DISCOVER CHICAGO4
LSP 111EXPLORE CHICAGO4
LSP 112FOCAL POINT SEMINAR4
LSP 120QUANTITATIVE REASONING & TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY I4
LSP 121QUANTITATIVE REASONING AND TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY II4
WRD 103COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC I4
WRD 103XCOMPOSITION AND RHETORIC I (FOR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS)4
WRD 104COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC II4
WRD 104XCOMPOSITION & RHETORIC II (FOR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS)4