Cookies and Conversation (March 26 & 27)

From our friends down the hall at the Oral English Proficiency Program (OEPP):

Undergraduates are invited to take part in short, informal conversation activity with the international graduate students in ENGL 620 who are preparing to become teaching assistants at Purdue.  This activity gives ENGL 620 students practice speaking English in a casual setting.

All that’s needed is 50 minutes of your time and the desire to chat with interesting students.  And, of course, a love of cookies is helpful, but not required!

Lots of times available throughout the day, and all sessions will take place in the Krannert (KRAN), G-21.  To register for a session time, please visit

If you have questions, please contact us at  Other opportunities to assist your future TA’s in becoming more comfortable with English are listed on our website:



New and rarely offered courses (Fall 2014)

The following courses are either 1) new courses for Fall 2014, or 2) courses that were not offered in Fall 2013 or Spring 2014.   If you are curious about the course description, go to MyPurdue > Look Up Classes.  After you select the term (Fall 2014) and the course, click on the CRN, then on “View Catalog Entry.”   Let your EXPL advisor know during your registration meeting if you’d like to add any of these courses!

Remember: The first number of the course indicates the level.  Many of these courses will not have pre-requisites or restrictions, so please use your judgement.  10000- and 20000-level courses are introduction or “survey” – they cover vast swaths of time or issues within a subject.  They are best suited for freshman and sophomores or beginners in that subject.  30000- and 40000-level courses are meant for sophomores and juniors.  They focus more tightly on one part of the subject and there is more reading and analysis required.  50000 are courses meant for seniors and graduate students.

AAS  37300        Afr Amer Women’s Intellectual Tradin
AAS  37300        Black Speculative Fiction
AAS  49100        Carnival: Remember Diaspora Tradition

AD  31200         Roman Art
AD  45100         Italian Renaissance Art

AMST  30100      Gender & Revoltn in Modern America

ANTH  31000       Mortuary Practices Across Cultures
ANTH  37300       Anthropology of Religion
ANTH  39200       Anthropology Of Violence

CHNS  59400       Tang Dynasty Poetry

CLCS  23500       Classical Mythology
CLCS  38300       The Roman Empire

CMPL  23000       Arabic Culture
CMPL  23000       Myths & Legends: Elves to Elvis
CMPL  23000       Philosophy of Art
CMPL  23000       Pirates!
CMPL  23000       Women Writers in Translation

ENGL  23200       Women Writers in Translation
ENGL  25800       Nobel Prize Winners In Literature
ENGL  34100       Genetic Engineering & Literature
ENGL  41100       Virginia Woolf
ENGL  41300       Renaissance Mind: Florence 1300-1600
ENGL  41400       19th Cent New England Literary Journey
ENGL  46300       The Bible as Lit: The New Testament
ENGL  53100       The Rise Of The Novel
ENGL  54400       Milton
ENGL  56000       Modern American Poetry

FNR  48800        Global Environmental Issues

FR  59400         Litterature Quebecoise

GER  34200        German Lit II: 18th to the 21st Century
GER  54400        German Romanticism

HIST  24000       East Asia And Its Historic Tradition
HIST  30200       Afr Amer Women’s Intellectual Tradin
HIST  30200       History of Medicine in the 20th Century
HIST  30200       History of Science
HIST  30200       Youth in Revolutionary China
HIST  30400       America in the 1960s
HIST  30505       The US in the World 1898-Present
HIST  32501       20th Cent Europe Thru Autobiography
HIST  34000       Modern China
HIST  35400       Women In America To 1870
HIST  37900       Gandhi: Myth, Reality and Perspective
HIST  39001       Jews In The Modern World: Modern Jewish Society, Culture, And Politics
HIST  39400       Environmental History United States
HIST  39500       Air/Space: Technology & Cultr of Flight
HIST  39500       World Soccer & Global History
HIST  39500       Writing Global American History
HIST  40800       Dictshp & Democrcy: Europe 1919-1945
HIST  41800       European Society & Culture 1450-1800
HIST  42300       Divided Germany
HIST  47200       History of Mexico
HIST  48800       History Of Sexual Regulation In The US
HIST  49500       Gender Revolution in Modern American
HIST  49500       Native America and Colonial Settlement
HIST  49500       The Age of Elvis: America in the 1950’s

ITAL  33000       The Italian Cinema
ITAL  34100       Italian Lit I: Middle Ages-Enlightenment

LATN  34700       Roman Comedy

MARS  42000      Renaissance Mind: Florence 1300-1600

PHIL  29300       Global Ethics
PHIL  31900       Classic & Contemporary Marxism
PHIL  42400       Recent Ethical Theory
PHIL  43100       Contemporary Religious Thought
PHIL  53500       Studies In Philosophy Of Mind
PHIL  55200       Philosophy Of The Social Sciences
PHIL  55500       Critical Theory

POL  42900        Immigrants in Crossroads of America
POL  42900        Political Communication
POL  43200        Selected Problems in World Order: Human Transformations
POL  49100        Race, Gender & Political Representation
POL  49100        The Iraq Wars
POL  52000        World Food Problems
POL  52300        Environmental Politics & Public Policy

PSY  24400        Introduction To Human Sexuality
PSY  31100        Human Memory
PSY  39200        Cognitive Development
PSY  39200        Research Ethics in Psychology

PTGS  55500       Brazilian Drama

REL  20100        Interpretation of the New Testament

RUSS  34100       Russian Literature I: Beginnings-1900

SOC  27500        Social Gerontology
SOC  41100        Social Stratification

SPAN  55100       Spanish American Lit of 19th Century
SPAN  59400       Spanish Literature of the Middle Ages

Leadership Opportunity: MIX Callout (March 25)

From Annette Benson, Coordinator for Programs and Engagement, International Programs:

Do you want to take the next step in building leadership skills and cross-cultural competence?  Then attend the Multinational Integration Xchange (MIX) call-out on Tuesday, March 25 at 6:00 p.m. in MTHW 210.  This is an excellent organization choice for those who were not offered RA or BGR Team Leader positions.  MIX is great experience for these and other types of leadership opportunities.

Summer Course Mini-tutorial

During your registration meeting, you’ll want to be ready to discuss both Fall and Summer registration.  Also, you’ll use the same PIN number and Time Ticket in order to register for both session’s courses.  your PIN number and Time Tickets are meant to register for both sessions.

Unlike Fall courses which are either 16 or 8 weeks long and offered in-class or online, Summer courses have a LOT more variations.  The assumption is that you earn the same number of credit hours and learn the same material in each of these course lengths as you would have during a 16-week Fall or Spring semester.  Therefore, learning happens much faster in Summer courses, requiring stronger study skills and time management:

  • 4 weeks: Maymester (May 19 – June 13), Junemester (June 16 – July 11), or Julymester (July 14 – August 8).  Also known as Module 1, Module 2, and Module 3.  Students are limited to 4 credits hours within one 4-week session.  4-week modules cannot overlap with 6-, 8-, or 12-week sessions.
  • 6 weeks (May 19 – June 27 or June 30 – August 8)
  • 8 weeks (May 19 – July 11 or June 16 – August 8), also known as “summer session.”  Math and science courses tend to fall during these sessions.
  • 12 weeks (May 19 – August 8)

If you are interested in taking summer courses at a Purdue Regional Campus (IUPUI, Calumet, Purdue North Central, or IPFW), representatives from some of these campuses (not IPFW) will be visiting West Lafayette to help you register.  Regional Campuses transfer both grade and credit back to West Lafayette.

If you want to take summer courses at another college or university outside of the Purdue system (IUPUI, Calumet, Purdue North Central, or IPFW):

  • Realize that no grades will transfer, but students must earn a C- or better in the course in order for the credit to transfer.
  • Check the Transfer Credit Database for your course’s Purdue equivalent:  X’s in place of course numbers in this database means that your college’s course has no Purdue equivalent.
  • Contact that college or school’s admission department.  Tell them that you are only taking courses during the summer.  Most colleges and schools have admission categories for “temporary,” “summer,” “transfer,” or “transient” students.

As you have questions about Summer (and Fall) courses, please ask your Exploratory Studies advisor!

Scheduling Assistant Help is Here!

This great service is being offered by the Office of the Registrar:

Do you want your summer and fall class schedule developed within minutes? The quickest way is to use MyPurdue’s Scheduling Assistant.  Here’s a link to the Scheduling Assistant FAQ and to the Scheduling Assistant Manual for those who like step-by-step print directions.

The Office of the Registrar is also offering face-to-face, hands-on Scheduling Assistant help!  No appointments needed – just walk in to any of these computer labs during these dates and times:

Mon 3/24                            SC 277                   10:30a-2:30p

Tues 3/25                            SC 277                   10:30a-12:30p

Mon 3/31                            SC 277                   10:30a-2:30p

Tues 4/01                            SC 277                   10:30a-12:30p

Mon 4/07                            SC 277                   10:30a-2:30p

Tues 4/08                            SC 277                   10:30a-12:30p

Mon 4/14                            SC 277                   10:30a-2:30p

Tues 4/15                            SC 277                   10:30a-12:30p

Mon 4/21                            SC 277                   10:30a-2:30p

Tues 4/22                            SC 277                   10:30a-12:30p