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Academic Programs and Courses

The courses listed on the program pages to the left are being offered this fall, have openings, and are appropriate for first-year students. Most of the courses listed are 100-level, which means they are designed for students just starting to explore the field. There are some 200- and 300-level courses. These may be appropriate for you if you have a strong interest and some background in the field. Some do have prerequisites, though. Be sure to read the course descriptions to make sure you're eligible and that the course is right for you. There is also a list of courses with descriptions available in the Academic Life section.

Making Course Requests

On the online course request form, students select 10-15 courses from among the courses for first-year students and eight first-year seminar possibilities. From these requests we will attempt to enroll you in a full schedule. Full time DePauw students may take between 3.0 and 4.5 course credits each semester. A typical course is 1.0 course credits and a typical semester load is 4.0 course credits. In your first semester, one of these courses will be the First-Year Seminar, which counts as 1.0 course credits.

For students in the Asbury College of Liberal Arts, there are no assigned courses. For the first semester, all enrollments will be made from the lists of First-Year Seminars and courses students submit. Students in the Honor Scholar program, though, do not need to request a first-year seminar. It will be assigned.

Students in the School of Music will be assigned to the first semester of music theory and musicianship, MUS 113 and MUS 114, and .5 course credits of lessons in their primary instrument. Students interested in the Bachelor of Music Education degree (BME) will have other assigned courses and vocalists will be assigned to a .5 credit diction course. Depending on the degree path and instrument, between 1.5 and 3.0 course credits will be assigned. SOM students submit requests for First-Year Seminars and additional courses to fill out their schedules.