Why Purdue?

With more than 40 majors available within our 10 schools or departments, there is virtually no limit to what you can accomplish with a degree from Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts. Meet some of our current students and alumni and learn about why their liberal arts journeys at Purdue have been special.

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Logan Faircloth

Logan Faircloth

Majors: Political Science, Law & Society
Minor: Human Rights
Hometown: Fishers, Ind.

"In the College of Liberal Arts, my introduction classes are at most 40 people. In the other colleges, class sizes are up to 400. With smaller class sizes, I have the ability to develop better relationships with not only my classmates, but my professors, too. These relationships make it easier to learn and give me motivation to work harder."


Abeo Peterson

Abeo Peterson

Majors: Law & Society
Minor: African American Studies, Forensic Science
Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.

"I have had many great experiences in my time at Purdue. I have had the amazing opportunity of building a home away from home. I’ve created a family, I am actively involved, and I am managing myself. The greatest part of this experience has been making friends that I know I will have for the rest of my life."


Nina Scheel

Nina Scheel

Majors: Anthropology, History
Minors: Classical Studies, Forensic Sciences
Hometown: West Lafayette, Ind.

"With guidance from my advisor, I added my second major (History) and minor (Classical Studies) after learning about how interlocked the subjects were in my other classes and how marketable having these fields of study would make me in the job market."


Brady Alumbaugh

Brady Alumbaugh

Major: Theatre Design and Production
Minors: Spanish, Computer and Information Technology
Hometown: Pendleton, Ind.

"When I looked at other colleges I had an interest in attending, none of them quite had the technology like Purdue. It was amazing to be on campus, where I could literally feel the influence of technology across all aspects of campus."


Leah Smyle

Leah Smyle

Major: Law and Society
Minors: Spanish, Cybersecurity, English
Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica

"The best thing about being a College of Liberal Arts student at Purdue is how much of a close-knit community we are. I have made some of my closest friends through repeated interactions in a multitude of classes and I always know that I have someone to relate to."


Miyu Sumimoto

Miyu Sumimoto

Majors: Corporate Communication, Marketing
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Cal.

"Being a CLA student is amazing. As it is one of the smaller colleges on this campus, the community is tight-knit and creates a more personable environment that correlates with the student-to-faculty ratio, which I enjoy very much."


Catie Gilhooly

Catie Gilhooly

Majors: English Literature, Professional Writing
Minor: Management
Hometown: Munster, Ind.

"I walked into my first one-on-one meeting with an English faculty member and said, “This is what I want to do,” fully expecting a so-so response. But instead, they replied, “Here’s how we’re going to get you there.” I was beyond impressed, and needless to say I was hooked. From then on, I knew Purdue was going to be my first choice."


Alejandra May

Alejandra May

Major: Anthropology
Minors: French; Spanish; Classical Studies; Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
Hometown: Fishers, Ind.

"Through my major, I am able to meet lots of students and professors who have been to various places around the globe and who have amazing life stories. As a Purdue student, I am able to take classes not just in the liberal arts, but also in the Earth Sciences. This allows me to grow as an individual and makes me a more well-rounded student in the field of bioarcheology."

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