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Special Programs

Clarence E. Dammon Dean's Scholars Program

This program offers a select group of first-year students the opportunity to live in a learning community with other high achievers, to meet faculty and administrators at special events, to take a one-credit seminar on undergraduate research and success with the director of honors, and to pursue research with a member of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) faculty. All incoming students who are awarded either a Trustees Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, or Emerging Leader Scholarship; receive an invitation to the Honors College. To qualify for the Honors College, first-year students must submit their Purdue application by the early action application deadline. Students are then selected through a holistic process. International student applicants are also selected through a holistic process. All Students who accept their invitation to the Honors College, are automatically placed into the Dean’s Scholars Program. For more about this program, please see the Dammon Dean's Scholars website.

Honors Program

College of Liberal Arts Honors is designed to provide excellent students with enriched, individualized, unique educational opportunities. Students who qualify for honors have the opportunity to engage in advanced work with individual professors and to take special courses with limited enrollments available only to honors students. They also are permitted to make special arrangements in conjunction with regularly offered courses that will enhance the particular educational experience. The college works with honors students to discover the most imaginative, exciting and intellectually challenging education available for them within the liberal arts at Purdue.

Students must have a GPA of 3.5 or better to apply to the Honors College; however, beginning students may still take honors courses. To register for honors courses, entering students need to have an SAT score of 1800 (combined) or higher, an ACT score of 26 or higher, or be in the upper 10 percent of their graduating class. To graduate from the Honors College in Liberal Arts, a student must complete at least 24 honors credits during the undergraduate career through a specific curriculum.

The honors experience at Purdue involves numerous activities beyond the classroom. Honors students are given the opportunity to meet leading professors at special events, to talk with visiting speakers and artists and to participate in the annual Honors Colloquium. The College of Liberal Arts wants honors students to develop strong, confident, inquiring minds. To do that, honors extends beyond the traditional confines of the classroom. By introducing students to men and women shaping the future and aware of the limitations of current knowledge, the college helps students to move past the ordinary constraints of learning and gain a vision of that future.

For additional information:

Director, College of Liberal Arts Honors Program
Beering Hall, 100 N. University St. 
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098
Phone: 765-496-3235

Margo Katherine Wilke Undergraduate Research Internships (Wilke)

The Margo Katherine Wilke Undergraduate Research Internship (Wilke) program is designed to involve Purdue College of Liberal Arts undergraduates in the interdisciplinary and exciting research environment of the College of Liberal Arts. The program provides opportunities for students to work with faculty in the College of Liberal Arts on cutting edge research projects in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Working closely with faculty, students experience the excitement, challenge, and power of research that is positioned to catalyze social impact across the globe. Wilke offers 50 part-time (6-10 hours/week) student internship slots per academic semester. For more information about applying, please go to the Margo Katherine Wilke Undergraduate Research Internships website.

Student Diversity Initiatives Program

The Student Diversity Initiatives program strives to recruit and retain a multicultural, diverse student body reflective of our society. Collaborating with recruitment, admissions and campus partners to recruit underrepresented and first generation students is one of the ways we accomplish our goal.

DRIVEN – Diversity and Recruitment Initiatives through Volunteering Education and Networking is a Liberal Arts based student organization that has been in existence since 2004 and provides our students with the opportunity to create community and develop skills to become global leaders. The program also works to improve campus climate to create an environment that supports the College’s vision.

Contact: Lupita Acosta-Roberts, Director acostang@purdue.edu 765 494 4297

Study Abroad

Purdue offers hundreds of study abroad and internship programs in dozens of countries, lasting from a week to a year, for all majors.  Most programs do not require foreign language skills.  Program costs vary, but many are comparable to the cost of studying at Purdue (with the exception of the travel expense).  You can earn grades and credits, allowing you to graduate in the normal length of time.  Most of the financial aid that covers Purdue expenses can also be applied to study abroad, and more financial aid specifically for study abroad has been available in recent years.

Students who have taken part in study abroad often describe their experiences as “life changing,” “eye opening,” and “the best choice I ever made.”

The College of Liberal Arts works with the Office of Programs for Study Abroad to provide opportunities for cultural and intellectual discovery for students who would like to communicate, collaborate, study, and work across national, cultural, and socio-economic boundaries.

You can begin your plans at the Office of Programs for Study Abroad.