College of Communication > Student Resources > Academic Advising > Undergraduate Advising FAQs
[View a video tutorial on learning domains]
A learning domain is any course that fulfills one of the liberal studies
requirements. These domains include Art & Literature, Philosophical Inquiry, Religious Dimensions, Scientific Inquiry, Self, Society & the Modern World, and Understanding the Past. To search for courses to fulfill these domains, simply use the “Liberal Studies Requirement Designation” drop down box in class search, and then click on the search button to narrow your course options.
[View a video tutorial on using a major GPA calculator]
Students can use this link to calculate their major GPA. Please enter the grade exactly as it appears on your transcript (A-/B+) as the + and – do
factor into your GPA. After you enter the credit hours and grade, click on the compute button to view your GPA.
[View a video tutorial on using the DePaul Directory]
To find contact information for a DePaul employee, simply visit DePaul’s main website, click on “DePaul Shortcuts” in the top right corner, and choose “Directory.” On the left hand side the first option shows “Faculty/Staff Search” then simply enter the name to find the contact information.
Before completing a class at a community college, students must complete the Transfer Credit Approval Form, and submit it via email, fax or can drop it off in Rachel Brown's mailbox on the 18th floor of the Daley Building in the loop campus. After you complete the course and have a grade posted to your transcript, students need to request the transcript be sent to our Admission Office at 1 E. Jackson Boulevard Chicago, IL 60604.
To view the process for grade challenges, please visit the Student Handbook page on the grade challenge process.
Only open elective courses can be taken as pass/fail. To choose a course as pass/fail, please complete the form and make sure to submit the form to your academic advisor by the deadline. The pass/fail deadline dates can be found on the Academic Calendar.
There are three ways to fulfill your junior year experiential learning requirement.
The College of Communication offers a number of student organizations run through our college.
Students must have an approved internship before being administratively added to CMN 394. Please contact Graciela Kenig if you have an internship offer.
College of Communication Closed Course Policy
Prerequisites are in place so that all students start a course with the same requisite knowledge. Prerequisites are in place for all students. Prerequisites are not waived, and prerequisite courses may not be taken concurrently with the course that requires the prerequisite.
College of Communication Late Add Policy
Enrollment from a waitlist automatically occurs if enough students drop the course so that the waitlisted student can be added, or if the student is
waitlisted for a communication course in their final quarter and has no
other open course options to complete the requirement.
Students should not assume that placing themselves on waitlist is an indication that they will be enrolled in the course. Students should not attend a course for which they are waitlisted or email professors to be added to a waitlisted course.
If a student finds that a course that they need to graduate is waitlisted, they must first add themselves to the waitlist and then email their academic advisor and request addition to the waitlisted course before the deadline to add for that quarter. The advisor will verify that the course is required for graduation in that term and that there are no other sections of that course open. If those conditions are met, the student will be added to a section of the course within the deadline to add classes for the quarter.
Students must be sure to set up the waitlisted course as a SWAP if the waitlisted course is another section of a course they already have on their schedule, they will be over the 20 credit hour enrollment limit, or there is a time conflict with another course on their schedule. If any of these
conditions exist and the course is not set up as a SWAP, the waitlist
will bypass and move on to the next student on the waitlist.
Find more information about the waitlist and SWAP feature.
Students can register for the December
Session courses at the same time as Winter Quarter. Please visit your
enrollment appointment in Campus Connect for your exact date and time.
Summer registration is at the same time as spring registration (usually in early February). Please visit your enrollment appointment in Campus Connect for your exact date and time.
For all financial aid questions and concerns, students can contact a financial aid counselor at (312) 362-8610.
[View a video tutorial on using the Academic Calendar]
Students can always find important deadlines on the Academic Calendar in your D2L or by using the main DePaul website by clicking on the “DePaul Shortcuts’ in the top right corner, and selecting the Academic Calendar. Select full year to view all important
To order an official transcript, log into Campus Connect and select Academic Records > Request Official Transcript. Simply follow the prompts to request your DePaul transcript. DePaul Central processes requests for e-Transcripts within one hour and paper transcripts within 48 hours.
The unofficial transcripts open as a PDF
in a new window. To view the transcript, temporarily remove your pop-up
blocker on your computer to access your transcript.
When students repeat a course, the
original grade will always remain on the transcript. The new grade will
replace the original grade in the GPA.
To apply to graduate from DePaul and the College of Communication, log into Campus Connect and go to Academic Progress > Apply for Graduation and follow the prompts. Select the term you plan to complete your requirements and verify your mailing address in the system for diploma delivery. Once you submit the form, you will receive an email confirmation that you have successfully applied for graduate. The email confirmation does not serve as confirmation that you have met all your requirements at DePaul, so we recommend if you have any questions about remaining requirements that you reach out to your academic advisor.
The deadlines to apply for graduation are as follows:
To ensure you receive a diploma, students must apply to graduate in Campus Connect (see question above, "How do I apply for graduation?").
DePaul holds one commencement ceremony a year in mid-June. Students
who are graduating in the current academic year (the academic years run
autumn to summer) can walk in the June ceremony of their academic year. If you plan to attend the optional June commencement ceremony, you must order a cap and gown. Cap and gown information, as well other
pertinent ceremony information can be found on the Commencement website.
For graduation honors requirements, please visit the undergraduate student handbook. Please note that the College of Communication does not provide honor cords for the graduation ceremony.
No, internships are not required to graduate, although they are strongly encouraged. Internships are just one way to fulfill the junior year experiential learning requirement.
For internship opportunities specific to your communication major,
please visit the College of Communication Internships section. Also, follow the DePaul University College of Communication Internship Program on Facebook to hear about the most recent internship postings.
To search and apply for other internships, students can use the DePaul Handshake website through the Career Center.
If you do not have junior standing (at least 96 credits), you need to apply for credit through the University Internship Program. Go to the UIP website and scroll down to Steps for Enrollment for instructions on how to apply for internship credit through that program. If you are at least at junior standing and have a 2.5 cumulative GPA and want to apply for credit through the College of Communication’s internship program, please see our website for instructions.
Students can visit the Career Center to set up an appointment with an advisor.