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Do you want to learn more about Liberal Arts? Are you ready to be empowered and mentored as you embark on your college career?  If yes, then you are welcome into the CLAIM learning community!  Students in the CLAIM learning community will take two core courses (AAS 27100 and ENGL 25700), meet informally with diverse faculty and staff, and participate in cultural attractions, including plays, performances, films, and exhibitions, across the region. Students will discover pathways into fields they may not have considered prior to the learning community. The CLAIM learning community will provide culturally-relevant mentoring for students. Learn more about what Liberal Arts is and how you can use Liberal Arts training to enhance your future career or advanced education goals!


  • First-time beginning students admitted to any major in the College of Liberal Arts
  • First-time beginning students admitted to the Exploratory Studies Program

Residential Component

  • Students from this learning community reside in Owen Hall
  • Information about this residence hall can be found here
  • Circumstances preventing a student from living in this hall, such as participating in the Honors College or living off-campus, will be taken into consideration when conducting the placement process
  • Your roommate in many cases will be a member of the learning community
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for a learning community


Fall Semester and Spring Semester (optional)

Associated Classes


AAS 27100 - Introduction to African American Studies

ENGL 25700 - Literature of Black America

Spring (optional):

TBA (1 credit hour course)

Events and Activities Included:

  • Movie nights
  • Museum trips
  • Faculty and staff diners
  • Guest speakers
  • Visits to all five of Purdue’s cultural centers: BCC, LCC, NAECC, AAARC, and LGBTQ center

Information above is subject to change. If you are placed in the LC, the associated courses will be on your schedule prior to you registering for the rest of your courses.

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