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Join other first-year communication students in exploring the basics of communication study at Purdue.  You’ll complete your university core requirement for oral communication (COM 11400) while also gaining insights about the study and career opportunities of the various majors in the Lamb School of Communication.  When you finish the semester, you will know students in your cohort AND faculty from the School better than any other first-years! 

You’ll not only learn how to speak, but you’ll gain context about how speaking—and all kinds of communication—will be a part of your career.  You’ll develop positive student skills along with other students also interested in communication, and you’ll get started on networking that will equip you for life after Purdue.

Both classes are taught by instructors with at least 20 years at Purdue, and the COM 11400 section is one of the only sections taught by a faculty member.  In and out of the classroom, you will become oriented to communication while learning how to be a college student and part of the community in the Lamb School.


  • First-time beginning students majoring in Pre-Communication (PCOM) in the College of Liberal Arts

Residential Component

  • Optional within Owen Hall
  • You will indicate your learning community housing preference within the learning community application. A signed housing contract is required to apply to this learning community.
  • Circumstances preventing a student from living in this hall, such as participating in the Honors College or Athletics, 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 Only

Associated Classes

COM 10000 - Introduction to Communication Studies

COM 11400 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication

Events and Activities Included:

  • Meals with professors
  • Video production studio tour
  • Library orientation tour
  • Old Masters reception and networking
  • Presidential Lecture Series with ice cream afterwards
  • Attend a sporting event and debrief about communication aspects
  • Meet and greet reception with successful communication alumni
  • Potential field trips to hear significant speakers

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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