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Learning Communities

Learning Communities are for first-year students at Purdue. Some Learning Communities are for students admitted to specific colleges (like Exploratory Studies), while others are based on a theme and are open to everyone. You may take 2 to 3 classes with the students in your Learning Community during your first semester. In addition, some Learning Communities have a Residential component where all members live in the same residence hall.  Learning Communities are a wonderful way to meet new people and make a large university feel smaller!

Exploratory Studies-specific Learning Communities

  • Explorers: EDPS 10500
    • Uses a combination of extracurricular activities and in-class assignments to explore majors and careers.
    • Activities could include, but are not limited to: Boiler Challenge Ropes Course, volunteering in the community, attending a Purdue Women's Volleyball game, meeting for lunch or dinner, study break with pizza and bowling, or attending a Purdue Convocation. Often assignments are coordinated between the two courses to provide further depth.
    • A residential component in Owen Hall is OPTIONAL.
  • Global Explorers: EDPS 10500 (and ENGL 11000 for international students with specific TOEFL scores)
    • Activities could include, but are not limited to: Cultural Center tours and events, Purdue Convocations and Purdue Musical Organization productions, guest speakers, pizza and bowling party, and a Purdue's women's volleyball game.
    • A residential component in Owen Hall is OPTIONAL. 
  • Exploratory Studies Scholars: EDPS 10500
    • Activities could include, but are not limited to: classroom discussions, dinners, team-building and leadership activities like the Boiler Challenge Ropes Course, end-of-the-semester bowling party, movie nights, and special visits and tours across campus.
    • A residential component in Owen Hall is OPTIONAL.
  • Exploratory Studies Honors:  EDPS 10500
    • Admittance to Purdue's Honors College is REQUIRED.
    • Activities could include, but are not limited to: dinners, team-building and leadership activities like the Boiler Challenge Ropes Course, end-of-the-semester bowling party, movie nights, special visits and tours across campus, visits to the Purdue Archives and nuclear reactor, a career interview with a professional, and outings to all the Honors College events.
    • A residential component in the Honors College and Residences is REQUIRED.

Other Learning Communities open to Exploratory Studies Students

There are many other Learning Communities that are open to Exploratory Studies students. Currently, they include:

  • Agriculture Technology and Innovation
  • Air Force ROTC
  • Army ROTC
  • Animalia
  • Boiler Serves: Community Engagement
  • Building Construction Management
  • CLAIM: College of Liberal Arts Inspired, Mentored, and eMpowered
  • Culture, Creativity, and Technology
  • Diversity in Gender and Sexuality Studies (Spring only)
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Future Naval Officers of Purdue
  • Leadership for Social Change
  • Musical Theater
  • Psychology
  • Public Speaking about Health
  • Science of Nutrition
  • TEACH! Elementary Education
  • TEACH! Secondary Education
  • Technology Leadership and Innovation
    • This LC is for students interested in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute's TLI major. Exploratory Studies students who want engineering should know that taking this LC may delay movement into the First-year Engineering program. 
  • Women in Agribusiness and Plant Sciences

Learning Communities fill up quickly, so apply soon! Also, if you are choosing the residential component of a Learning Community, you must still complete a separate housing contract by May 5th. For more answers to questions about Learning Communities, consult the Learning Community FAQ page

 

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