Mission and Vision
The College of Liberal Arts sees as its mission educating every individual to live more knowledgably, responsibly, and humanely in a society in which simple solutions no longer answer complex problems.
We respond to the demands of today's world by producing analytical thinkers and effective communicators who know how to gather information and assess it, and who can apply a perspective grounded in historical understanding to current issues. Across all disciplines, we apply the lessons of the past to the present and often seek appreciation for one culture from what can be known about another.
We instill habits of inquiry and an excitement for acquiring an ever-broader range of knowledge that will prepare students for a lifetime of thoughtful decision making when faced with demanding choices and for an enjoyment of the riches that come through continued learning.
Positioned at the intersection of liberal arts and STEM, the College leverages Purdue’s STEM strengths to propel our graduates toward new advances in our disciplines and enhances Purdue’s renowned STEM education by pushing all students intellectually and challenging them to be independent thinkers who drive decision making as bold, visionary leaders.
Our faculty, as well as national higher education and business leaders discussed these topics in a College-sponsored event, At the Intersection of Liberal Arts and STEM. Listen to the conversations here.