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College Core Requirements

All majors in the College of Communication (with the exception of Journalism and Public Relations and Advertising) consist of a total of fourteen courses:  a four-course common core plus an additional combination of ten program requirements and electives. Journalism and Public Relations and Advertising consist of a total of fifteen courses:  a four-course common core plus an additional combination of eleven program requirements and electives. 

Course Requirements

Four core courses are required of all College of Communication students:

Students are encouraged to complete all four prior to taking additional coursework in the major.

Modern Language Requirement

Students who intend to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Communication will be required to demonstrate a measure of competence in a modern language, as defined by the college.  Such competence may be demonstrated in one of several ways:

  • completing the last course in a second year high school course work in a  modern language or Latin
  • completing the last course in the first-year college sequence of any language
  • completing a college course beyond the first-year level in any language
  • achieving a satisfactory score on any of the Modern Language placement examinations administered at DePaul
  • achieving a satisfactory rating in a proficiency examination accepted by DePaul
  • achieving a score of 3 or higher on the Advance Placement (AP) test for any language (must be completed during high school)
  • achieving a score of 5 or higher in the Language B assessment from a Standard or Higher Level International Baccalaureate (IB) program
  • achieving a satisfactory score on the CLEP examination. (Note that CLEP scores may be used only to meet the language requirement. Credit is not awarded in modern languages on the basis of CLEP scores).

Students with some modern language training should consult with the Modern Language Department about the course with which they should begin. Students with little or no previous work in the language will be required to complete the entire three-course introductory sequence.

Modern Language Option

The Modern Language Option is available to all BA students who wish to study a modern language beyond the level necessary to meet the College’s modern language requirement. Students selecting the option may substitute a three-course language sequence for two learning domain courses and one open elective, or two upper-level courses in the same language for two learning domain requirements. Modern Language Option substitutions may not be used to replace the Scientific Inquiry: Lab or Scientific Inquiry: Science as a Way of Knowing requirement.
Any substitutions must be consistent with the principle that students complete at least one course in each learning domain. ​

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