Summer 2016 Course Ideas

JWST 330 (also called HIST 302D or POL 493A)
Introduction to Jewish Studies
Maymester (5/6/16 – 6/10/16), 3 credit hours
Online course
Counts for University Core – Humanities and Liberal Arts Racial & Ethnic Diversity requirement

An introductory and interdisciplinary course touching on the full range of Jewish experience from antiquity to the present, and representing such fields as anthropology, history, language, literature, philosophy, politics, religion, and sociology.

Questions?  Contact Prof. Daniel Frank.


WGSS 28000
Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Eight Weeks (6/13/16 – 8/2/16)
Online course
Counts for University Core – Behavioral & Social Sciences or University Core – Humanities

This course is designed as an introductory survey of the concepts and research data in the new scholar-ship on women. Topics covered include biology, sexuality, socialization, family and work, creativity, and politics. The purpose of this interdisciplinary course is to analyze the gendered dimensions of a wide range of social, cultural, and political issues. We will do this primarily by learning about the lived realities of women in the United States through reading feminist research in the humanities and social sciences, as well as theoretical essays and reflective writing on issues pertinent to women. The intersection of gender, race, class, and sexuality is a significant dimension of this course. Although this course will touch on global feminist issues and movements, this course focuses on contemporary women’s issues in the U.S. context.

Questions?  Contact Lupita Acosta-Roberts.

Drop Deadlines starting Feb. 9

Just a reminder: Beginning February 9th, students who are sophomores and above will need both an advisor’s and an instructor’s signature in order to drop a course.  The instructor will indicate whether the student is passing (W) or failing (WF) at the time of drop.  Neither a W nor a WF are used in the GPA calculation.  Pick up a Form 23 from your Exploratory Studies academic advisor, then return the signed Form 23 to the Registrar in Hovde Hall, room 45.

Freshman need a Form 23 with only an advisor’s signature.  Turn in the Form 23 to the Registrar in Hovde Hall, room 45.  The grade will be a W, which is not used in the GPA calculation.

If you are unsure about your classification (freshman, sophomore, etc.), please consult MyPurdue > Academics tab > Academic Profile (orange box).  Your “class standing” is the first item in the box.

The last day to drop a course is March 11th for all students.  

Improve your Financial Literacy

Even if you are not looking for a scholarship or loans, it’s important to be as financial literate as you can be before entering the “real world”!

Although this site was written with future pharmacists in mind, it has a ton of information useful to any college student interested in learning their way around their own finances:  Also included are links to several great financial literacy and money management websites.

If you feel that taking a course on financial planning would suit you better, consider building in CSR 10300: Introduction to Personal Finance into your plan of study as a free elective.

Enjoy and be prosperous!

Last Day to Drop a Course Using MyPurdue (Jan. 25)

A reminder that January 25th is the last day to drop a course using MyPurdue (and without incurring a “W”).  After that, students can still drop courses, but a drop/add form from your advisor is required and a “W” grade will show up on the transcript.  See the blog post “Spring 2016 Drop and Add Deadlines” for more details!

PLaCE Courses for English Language Improvement (Spring 2016)

From the Purdue Language and Cultural Exchange (PLaCE) coordinators:

PLaCE supports international students who learned English as a second language and who will benefit from language and cultural support as they “bridge” to the U.S. university context.  PLaCE offers two 3-credit courses designed to help students improve core language skills in English.  PLaCE students can also earn a Certificate of Completion and participate in our Language Partner Program.

PLaCE offers two courses in the Spring: GS 10000 and GS 10100.  Both courses:

  • Give students language support in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in English (including grammar and vocabulary)
  • Build students’ skills and confidence to more fully participate in university life
  • Help students develop a process for cross-cultural comparison and reflection
  • Offer extensive practice and individual attention (sections have 15 students in them)

PLaCE courses are a good fit if you are a first-year international student who scored below 100 on the TOEFL iBT and/or below 24 on Speaking or Writing section of the TOEFL.  GS 100/101 may also be a good fit for international students at any level if you speak English as a second language and want to improve your core language skills and cultural knowledge.

Interested?  Contact your advisor to learn more about these courses.  You can add them yourself using MyPurdue through January 18th!

BIOL 39600: Pre-Med Planning Seminar (Spring 2016)

From the Biology Counseling Newsletter, December 11, 2015:

Biol 39600: Premed Planning Seminar Recommended for Pre-Health Sophomores or Juniors:

This course offers information and advice on application processes, aptitude tests, writing personal statements, professional school interviews, and letters of recommendation.  Students in the course will also formulate an alternative career plan.  The class is open to all pre-health students.

The course is currently full, but look for seats to open up between Dec. 23rd – Jan. 11th.