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Explore our Majors

African American Studies
American Studies
Art History
Asian Studies
Chinese Studies
Classical Studies
Comparative Literature
Corporate Communication
Creative Writing
Economics (BA)
English Education
Film and Theatre Produciton
Film and Video Studies

Global Studies
Human Relations
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Integrated Studio Arts (BFA)
Interior Design (BFA)
Italian Studies
Jewish Studies
Law and Society
Mass Communication
Medieval & Renaissance Studies
Political Science
Professional Writing

Public Relations & Strategic Communication
Religious Studies
Sound for the Performing Arts
Studio Arts & Technology
Theatre Acting
Theatre Design & Production
Visual Arts Education
Visual Arts and Design Education
Visual Communication Design (Graphic Design) (BFA)
Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies

Travel the World

International experiences through the College of Liberal Arts provide transformative education for, both, domestic and international students by fostering global perspectives, intercultural competencies, and cultural self-awareness in an increasingly global society.  With more than 200 programs in more than 45 countries, each lasting between one week and one academic year, and the College of Liberal Arts offers more than 25 short-term programs led by CLA faculty, whatever your interest, we have a program for you.

Danielle Wilkinson

Danielle Wilkinson

Major: Mass Communication
Location:CAPA London, United Kingdom – Spring 2017

“It has always been a dream of mine to live in London for a period of time so when the opportunity arose for me to study abroad spring semester of my junior year, I went for it. Studying abroad not only opens your eyes to different parts of the world but also different facets of yourself, as cliché as that may sound. Studying abroad forces you to be uncomfortable, it forces you to adapt, it forces you to be brave and take risks and that’s exactly what I experienced while studying abroad this year. Thinking back on my semester in London, I realize exactly just how much I’d grown. The short three months transformed London from a strange unfamiliar place to an actual home.”

Peter Green

Marie Burhenne

Major: Interdisciplinary Film/Video
Location:FU-BEST Berlin, Germany – Spring 2017

“There was definitely an adjustment period of getting used to such a different culture, but as soon as I realized how much I loved Berlin after really getting to know it, I never wanted to leave. I had met some amazing friends my first week here and it was amazing just exploring and seeing new things every day. What Berlin has made me realize is that while I was here I paid a lot of attention to the things going on around me as to not miss anything and to see and experience as much as possible. While I move on to my last year at Purdue, I want to remember to live with as much curiosity and exploratory nature that even in a familiar place I’ll still be able to learn and have novel experiences like I found in the amazing, crazy and unique Berlin. Berlin will always have a special place in my heart.”

Support your Education

The College of Liberal Arts offers a variety of scholarships to support students who demonstrate high ability and a high-octane love of learning. In addition to our University-level merit scholarship like the Trustee, Presidential, and Emerging Leader scholarships, Liberal Arts awarded 300 scholarships totaling $350K to new and continuing students in our majors last year. Scholarships such as the Job Ready Scholarship, which offers support for students in low-wage or non-paid internships, give Liberal Arts students the opportunity to grow as scholars and world-changers. Scholarships support our students’ ability to grow and learn from real-world experiences.

Allison Wong

Allison Wong

Degree: BA 2017; Philosophy and History
Scholarship: William L. Rowe Scholarship in Philosophy

"The opportunities I have been able to take advantage of here in Liberal Arts at Purdue are in part due to the scholarships and research opportunities I have received. As an out-of-state student I am grateful to have received financial support and amazing mentorship through the College of Liberal Arts. I had the opportunity to thank Dr. Margaret Rowe for my scholarship. With the department's assistance and the research I was able to do early in my college career opened many doors for me"

Become Job-Ready

Publications such as Fortune and Fast Company know that strong academic preparation and practical on the job experience earned from internships create the best graduates entering the workforce. To provide liberal arts students with this experience, the College created Job-Ready, an undergraduate internship initiative, to make unpaid or low-paid internships a viable option for more students. The College is committed to providing financial awards to support students so they can develop critical skills at organizations addressing important issues where they earn hands-on experiences.

Caroline Shanley

Caroline Shanley

Major: Public Relations and Strategic Communication, Political Science
Title: Development and Membership Intern
Company:Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

"This internship has solidified my interest in a career in cultural, non-profit organizations. My work in the Development Department this summer has given me tangible and meaningful experiences into what a real career would be like in this field. This internship at a well-regarded institution in a major American city has provided me with the chance to gain the credibility I will need moving forward professionally.”

Peter Green

Peter Green

Major: Law & Society
Title: Intern
Company:House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security

"This internship has given me invaluable insight into how the federal government functions, as well as how federal law enforcement is supervised and organized. I was able to connect with and speak to staff from many different organizations, which helped me narrow my area of focus in law enforcement. The questions I was able to ask them on how to take the next step in my career and how to make myself stand out will help me for the rest of my career.”

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