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 recent graduates and learn about why their liberal arts journeys at Purdue have been special.
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."
Majors: Political Science, Strategic Communication
"I have adored all of my professors and felt truly challenged by Purdue’s curriculum. I really admire how Purdue's Political Science department works with the Communications department. I have been able to take a lot of classes that overlap, helping me build my overall knowledge of political communication."
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."
Majors: Political Science, Asian Studies
Minors: Management, Human Rights, History
Hometown: Fort Wayne, Ind.
"Only in liberal arts would I be able to make connections with the director of the Asian Studies program and see her become an advisor to a club I never imagined I would be able to create. In addition, liberal arts has literally taken me around the world; I went on a two-week Maymester study abroad around China, and later in the summer, I went to Macau to teach English for five weeks."
Major: Industrial Design
Hometown: London, England
"Going into Purdue, I was terrified that it would be such a big school that I would be lost amongst a sea of students. This couldn’t have been further from the truth. I find myself bumping into familiar people while walking to class every day and have some of the same students in my studio classes. I believe the College of Liberal Arts has been able to foster this feeling of a home on a busy campus."
Majors: Philosophy, History
"As a CLA student at Purdue, I felt like I could do anything. The staff and faculty always reached out to you with opportunities, made themselves available to meet with you, and genuinely wanted you to succeed. My formative professional experiences are all attributable to some outreach or nudge from a liberal arts professor or academic advisor."
Majors: English Literature, Professional Writing
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."
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."