Extended Studies: Winter Term, May Term, Summer & Semester
DePauw is committed to providing an education that is challenging within and beyond the classroom. Through Extended Studies opportunities, students can intensively focus on a particular topic, problem or skill-set, which enhances their liberal arts education. Faculty advisers and Hubbard Center advisers work with students to create a plan that draws from Extended Studies opportunities and integrates them into their curricular, professional and personal aspirations. In contrast to fall and spring semesters when students must juggle several courses, the Extended Studies program provides students with the opportunity to give their full attention to a single experience.
DePauw students must complete two Extended Studies (ES) experiences, one of which must be during Winter Term or May Term. Options for completing the Extended Studies requirement include:
➤ A January or May curricular course
➤ An approved co-curricular course, externship, travel, or service learning program
➤ A semester-long off-campus study opportunity or internship
➤ An independent study, research project or creative project
All experiences must be pre-approved to count toward the Extended Studies requirement. The complete explanation of the graduation requirement can be found here.
Curricular & Co-Curricular Programs
A variety of Curricular and Co-Curricular Extended Studies offerings are available to students.
Credit-bearing courses are graded and calculated into the student’s grade point average, and offer 0.5 credit towards the required 31 credits for graduation. Students participating in credit-bearing courses may be eligible for federal financial aid and DePauw scholarships.
Co-curricular courses are graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (pass/fail) basis, are not calculated in the student's grade point average, and do not carry credit toward the 31 credits needed for graduation. Co-curricular courses are not eligible for federal financial aid or DePauw scholarships, unless otherwise noted in the course descriptions.
Extended Studies Timeline and Credit
|Extended Studies Offering||Term
|➤ Faculty Led Domestic and International Study and Service Courses||January, May||yes||yes|
|➤ On-campus Classes||January, May||yes||yes|
|➤ Short-Term Internships||January, May||no||yes|
|➤ Study at Another School||January, May||yes||yes|
|➤ Faculty-Guided Independent Study||January, May||yes||no|
|➤ Semester Off Campus Study & Internships||Fall, Spring||yes||no|
|➤ Summer Research or Creative Projects*||Summer||no||yes|
* Beginning Summer 2015
Tuition, Course Load and Expenses
Standard Tuition Charges & Overages
For tuition and course load purposes, Winter Term is considered to be part of the fall semester and May Term part of the spring. Full time students are eligible to take up to 4.5 credits combined during the fall semester and January without paying extra tuition. Similarly, full time students are eligible to take up to 4.5 credits combined during the spring semester and May Term without paying extra tuition.
Students should carefully consider their ES opportunities and consult with an academic adviser in planning semester and ES courses so as to not incur additional charges.
Some on-campus courses (both credit-bearing and co-curricular) may have additional fees to cover expenses associated with the offering. All faculty-led courses will have fees associated with travel expenses.
Financial support is available. To be considered for need-based support, students must complete the need-based application process by May 1 of the prior academic year. Read more here for additional policy information and prioritization of financial aid.
For more information on tuition, course load, expenses and financial support, please visit the Registrar's Office page.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can learn more, including checking to see if some of the questions you may have, by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Our Adherence to Professional Standards
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