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. 

Purdue Day of Giving

It’s time for the Purdue Day of Giving! If you’d like to support Exploratory Studies, you can do so by following these steps:


Toward the top of the page you designate “General Giving Opportunities” and then “Other.”

Giving 1

And further down the page you specify “EXPL general scholarship fund” in the “Comments” box.

Giving 2

We appreciate your thoughtful contribution. We will use the funds to award scholarships to current students in Exploratory Studies!

Snapshots: Pursuit of Purdue. Meet Carlee!

Each month, we’ll take a look at some students who started their journey in Exploratory Studies. All of these students have found their perfect major at Purdue. Be sure to check out our blog each week for a new post that will feature a different student and their new major at Purdue.

Let’s meet Carlee.

Carlee Newsome

Name: Carlee Newsome

Current Year: Junior

 Major: Organizational Leadership & Entrepreneur Certificate

“Carlee started in Exploratory Studies in the Fall of 2012 and was in to for 2 years. Carlee started her journey in Exploratory Studies because she wasn’t sure of what she wanted to study in college and knew the program would help guild her in the right direction. She liked the extra help they offer to students.

Carlee choose Organizational Leadership because she was interested in business, as well as, working with people. Studying leadership teaches her how to influence and empower a group of people to work toward a common goal while still helping individuals discover and use their individual strengths to reach their full potential. As a person who loves helping others and leading them in the right direction, Organizational Leadership was perfect for her. People who thrive in this major are those who take initiative, enjoy open discussions and like to work in teams. Upper division OLS classes almost always have group work and creative minds are favorable.

Her favorite thing while in Exploratory Studies was her learning community. She was given the chance to get close to a group of students who all had similar mindsets during her first year of school. This was beneficial to her because it allowed them all to use each other as a resource and to know others were going through the same confusing journey. Her learning community also kept her involved and socially active.

Carlee’s favorite thing about Purdue is the diverse resources and opportunities the University provides for us. There are so many activities, social events, lectures, workshops and conferences going on every week on Purdue’s Campus. There is simply not even hours in the day for her to do all of the things she would like to take advantage of.

She doesn’t have a favorite anything because her preferences are always changing. Except for her favorite University of course, Hail Purdue!”

Written by Kari L., junior