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Academic Overview

Cornerstone is a 15 credit-hour undergraduate certificate program, which develops Purdue University students’ communication and creative thinking skills, broadens their perspective on the world, and cultivates their minds. Its classes and themes provide context around students’ major areas of study and foster the creative thinking that makes good business and industry leaders, and, even more importantly, good citizens who are capable of self-governance.

Cornerstone and the UCC

Most Cornerstone courses allow students to fulfill the University Core Curriculum* requirements on their plans of study at the same time they are completing the Cornerstone Certificate.

UCC Chart

 *All Purdue undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours to meet the requirement of the University Core Curriculum. 


First-year sequence of Transformative Texts

SCLA 101 and SCLA 102 are based on the fundamental premise that great texts inform and inspire students, develop their creative thinking, and broaden their understanding of the world.

SCLA 101 Transformative Texts, Critical Thinking and Communication I: Antiquity to Modernity (UCC Written Communication and Information Literacy)

SCLA 102 Transformative Texts, Critical Thinking and Communication II: Modern World (UCC Oral Communication)


Cornerstone Certificate

Students then proceed to take 9 hours in the Cornerstone Themes of Cultural Impact and Representation:

  1. Science and Technology
  2. Environment and Sustainability
  3. Healthcare and Medicine
  4. Management and Organization
  5. Conflict Resolution and Justice