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2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cornerstone Certificate

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About the Certificate

Through the lens of the humanities and social sciences, this program will introduce students to transformative texts that have influenced our understanding of the modern world and will prepare students to communicate more effectively. The Cornerstone certificate uses a series of relevant themes to provide a coherent program for students to fulfill up to 60% of UCC requirements with a purposeful set of classes. The program will provide students with a deep understanding of the dynamic human relationships and the global, social, and cultural dimensions that impact the disciplines of engineering, technology, science, medicine, business, and public policy. Students will be better positioned to respond to the changing demands of world and the marketplace to rise to the top of their fields as innovative and transformative leaders.

Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts

Requirements for the Certificate (15 credits)

Level I: Explore (6 credits)

Level II: Invent (3 credits)

Theme 1 - Science & Technology

Theme 2 - Environment and Sustainability: Cultural Impact & Representation

Theme 3 - Healthcare & Medicine: Cultural Impact & Representation

Theme 4 - Management & Organization: Cultural Impact & Representation

Theme 5 - Conflict Resolution & Justice: Cultural Impact & Representation

Level III: Engage (6 credits)

Select TWO from any theme.


  • At least 50% of the coursework completed to fulfill the Cornerstone Certificate must be completed at Purdue University.

College of Liberal Arts Pass/No Pass Option Policy

  • P/NP cannot be used to satisfy Liberal Arts Core, Liberal Arts major, minor, or certificate requirements.

Prerequisite Information

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

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