Distance Learning Program
The Bachelor of Arts degree consists of fifty requirements allocated across three areas: focus area, lifelong learning skills, and liberal arts. Students meet the requirements through DePaul courses, transfer courses, proficiency examinations, demonstration of prior learning, and independent study. Unique to SNL is its emphasis on experience. The fifty degree requirements are competency-based, and all offerings honor adult experience and provide opportunities to extend learning through additional experience.
The Distance Education Program uses various platforms, such as the World Wide Web, CD-ROMs, and e-mail, for course work and for connecting students, faculty members, advisers, professional experts, and classmates.
The faculty members within the SNL community are dedicated to individualized, student-centered education in a collaborative environment. All have graduate degrees and experience in the fields in which they teach. The faculty members teach about what they know best.
DePaul University offers students the following resources and services: admission, registration, identification cards, access to the library, career counseling, writing and math assistance, financial aid, academic advising, the bookstore, and more.
Programs of Study
In order to ensure both academic quality and focus area expertise, students work in a personalized committee format during their academic program. A committee consists of the student, faculty mentor, and a professional adviser. The faculty mentor is a DePaul faculty member who works directly with the student throughout his or her program. The professional adviser is an expert in the field in which the student would like to focus. The student selects the professional adviser, with the help of the faculty mentor, to act as a guide to the student, particularly in the focus area.
Applying for Distance Education
Students must be 24 years or older, be proficient in use of the English language, and have completed secondary education.
Students' computers must meet the following technical requirements in order for them to participate: Windows 98 or higher, at least 32 MB of RAM, 56K baud modem, sound card, speakers, CD-ROM drive, monitor 800 x 600, and Internet access. Macintosh systems should meet equivalent requirements.
There is no maximum to the number of transfer credits accepted in the Distance Education Program, although certain courses will not transfer. Courses with a grade of C- or better from accredited institutions are accepted for credit. Students may also transfer college-level learning from life and work experience into the program.
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