New Islamic Studies Minor

Starting in the Fall of 2015, the Religious Studies Program will offer a uniquely interdisciplinary minor in Islamic Studies. Bringing together the expertise of faculty in a wide range of departments and programs, this new 15 credit hour minor introduces undergraduates to the history, languages, theology, culture, and politics of Islamic civilization. The aim of the minor is to promote learning and understanding about Islam, and to foster dialogue about all of the dynamic traditions both within and around the Muslim world.

Fall courses that meet minor requirements include: REL 23100 (Religions of the West), ARAB 23000 (Arabic Literature in Translation), ARAB 28100 (Introduction to Islamic Civilization), HIST 31200 (The Crusades), ARAB 10100 & 10200 (Arabic Levels 1 & 2).

MA 16010 Online Course Info

MA16010 will be offered online for the first time this summer and thus some aspects of the course are still in the developing stage.  Here is some information about how the course assignments will work:

  • Students will not need to log in to the course at any specific time.  However, all assignments and exams will have a time during which they must be completed.
  • Homeworks will be completed online and are due daily.
  • Quizzes will given in an online format, to be discussed in more detail in the syllabus and during the first days of class
  • Exams will likely need to be taken at any nearby testing center.  Most universities have these, so students should call them for information.  There is also a possibility the exams can be offered online, but the mechanisms for this are still being developed.

As with any online course, it is recommended that students check the course website daily.  This course covers the same amount of material in a regular fall or spring semester, except in half the time (8 weeks), so students need to stay on top of homework, lectures, and readings to be successful.




Bicycle Tagging and Removal (through May 14)

Between April 20 – 24, the Purdue Grounds Department tagged any bicycle on campus that met any of the following criteria:

  • Seemed abandoned
  • Was damaged or in disrepair
  • Had been parked and unmoved from the same location for more than 14 days

Tagged bicycles that have not been removed by their owners within 14 days of the time they were tagged will be removed by the Grounds Department.  This will occur sometime between May 8 – 14 (depending on when the bike was tagged).

Bicycles will then be stored for 60 days and may be retrieved by contacting the Grounds Department at (765) 494-3087, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  After 60 days, if they have not been claimed, they will be sold.

Please visit to view the complete bicycle removal guidelines.

International Students: Going home this summer and worried about your I-20?

If you are travelling back to your home country for the summer, you will need to get a travel signature before you leave.  Otherwise, you may have to renew your I-20 before you can return to Purdue.  Travel signatures are being given from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. each day through the end of the semester in front of the ISS office, Schleman Hall, room 136. 

Med School Application Workshop (April 21)

From the Biology Counseling Newsletter, April 16, 2015:

Purdue’s American Medical Students Association (AMSA) chapter is excited to announce that we will be hosting a Medical Application Workshop on Tuesday, April 21st at 6:30 pm in MJIS 1001. (Free Pizza will be provided!!)

The workshop, led by the Center for Pre-Professional Advising, will be open to ALL Purdue students who are considering medical school. This will be a great opportunity for students of all grade levels, regardless of when they plan to apply to medical school, because it will allow them to:

  • Hear advice from experts who have years of experience with the medical application process
  • Personally talk to students who have experience in applying
  • Better understand the entire application process
  • Gain an insight into what is expected for a successful application
  • Learn tips and tricks to make the entire application process less stressful

CHM 116’s new format (Fall 2015)

From Dr. Robert Wild, Assistant Head, Department of Chemistry:

“Lectures” in CHM 116 will now be listed as “distance learning” for Fall 2015 on Scheduling Assistant.  The lectures will now be entirely online.  When registering, please select a distance learning “lecture”, a 100-minute recitation, and a three-hour lab.

We received the following information from one of the CHM 116 professors, Dr. Adam Wasserman:

“We are preparing short movie clips (~5-min.) with “lecture” content.  Students will be asked to watch a few of these before each class. There will be no lecture notes, but the video clips will be tied to specific reading assignments from the book.  There will be 100 minutes of in-class time every week, devoted entirely to discussing and solving open-ended problems about the topics covered in the assigned reading and video clips.  There will also be a blog for students to discuss with the TAs, so that they can be well prepared for class.  Each section will have about 90-100 students (there will be 4 such sections), with round tables for groups of 9 students.”