DePaul University, founded in 1898 and located in Chicago, Illinois, has five campuses in the Chicago area. The two main campuses are located in The Loop and Lincoln Park in the downtown area of the city. The university has over 15,000 undergraduate students, and is best known for its highly ranked Business, Film, Drama, and Fine Arts programs. The school operates on a quarter system, which gives students the opportunity to take more classes per year than at a semester-based university.
DePaul's Driehaus College of Business is considered to be one of the best "return on investments" programs in the United States. Additionally, the school's colleges of Communications, Computing and Digital Media, and Fine Arts programs are among the top-ranked programs in the tri-state area. DePaul also has an acclaimed International Studies department, where students can take a variety of courses relating to Arabic and the Arab world.
DePaul University offers an Arabic Studies program, housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' Modern Languages department, through which students take a combination of Arabic language courses alongside content courses about Arab culture, media, politics, literature and religion. An Arabic language minor is also available.
In the Islamic World Studies program, students develop an understanding of the diverse Muslim communities and their interconnections by exploring their primary texts, history and cultural traditions. Students take courses from various departments, including history, religious studies, political science, international studies, modern languages and women's and gender studies to help them develop an understanding of the Islamic world from multiple perspectives.