About the Program
Studying communication at Purdue allows you to learn what to do in order to be an effective communicator, but it also allows you learn why those things are effective. So yes, you might learn how to think and write critically, how to speak persuasively, how to work in organizations and with teams, and how to produce media packages and public relations documents. But you’ll also learn why “best practices” got to be that way. You’ll gain not only skills, but also the theories that help explain and grapple with how persuasion works (and doesn’t work), the ethics of communication, and the nature of communication processes.
All students are required to take the same three foundational courses, and all students must take a writing class and a class focused on experiential learning. Students then choose one concentration that allows them to specialize.
The Interpersonal Communication concentration develops students’ ability to analyze interpersonal communication processes, solve communication difficulties, and build productive personal and professional relationships. Courses focus on managing conflict, providing support, leading and influencing others, and presenting oneself effectively.
The concentration prepares students for careers that prioritize “people” skills, including management, human resources, training and development, sales, social services, and counseling.
Please visit the Brian Lamb School of Communication for more information.
Degree in 3
The College of Liberal Arts offers the opportunity for students to complete their degree in three years. Degree in 3 majors allow students to enter the work force or graduate school a year earlier than traditional plans of study while also providing a cost-effective way to complete an undergraduate degree.
Students can complete the three-year option with or without AP credit by adding summer sessions to traditional coursework in Fall and Spring semesters. Degree in 3 offers a great combination of cost-savings and the opportunity to accelerate your future and achieve your goals.
Other Departmental - Liberal Arts Core (28-52 credits)
The College of Liberal Arts Other Departmental area is designed to be experiential, informative, and relevant to life in a rapidly changing universe. It combines courses that fulfill University Core foundational outcomes, discipline diversity, social diversity, and other languages to produce a well-rounded background for students. Coursework is integrative and collaborative and fosters insight, understanding, independence, initiative, and the desire to reach across divides and redefine our relationship to the peoples and the worlds that surround us.
Core I: Discipline Diversity (6-18 credits)
Choose 1 course in 6 different disciplines within the College of Liberal Arts.
Note: Disciplines are differentiated by course prefix. Undistributed credit does not count to satisfy this requirement.
Core II: Social Diversity (1-3 credits)
Culture, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity all play a role in how others perceive us and how we experience the world, and as such, are meaningful categories for analyzing social change and social problems past and present. The purpose of this category is to acquaint students with the pluralistic nature of the world and foster an appreciation and awareness of the diverse range of lived human experience. Courses in this list will expose students to important aspects of human diversity and foster understanding about different world views.
Choose 1 course from the Social Diversity Selective List .
Core III: Linguistic Diversity (3-4 credits)
Proficiency through Level IV in one world language. Courses may be required to reach Level IV proficiency; these courses will be counted toward electives (fulfills Humanities for core).
Foundational Requirements (18-27)credits)
Students must complete approved coursework that meet the following foundational outcomes. Many of these can also be used to fulfill Core I, Core II, or Core III.
- Humanities - all approved courses accepted (fulfill HUM for core)
- Behavioral/Social Science - all approved courses accepted (fulfills BSS for core)
- Information Literacy - all approved courses accepted (fulfills IL for core)
- Science #1 - all approved courses accepted (fulfills SCI for core)
- Science #2 - all approved courses accepted (fulfills SCI for core)
- Science, Technology, and Society - all approved courses accepted (fulfills STS for core)
- Written Communication - all approved courses accepted (fulfills WC for core)
- Oral Communication - fulfilled by COM 11400 in major (fulfills OC for core)
- Quantitative Reasoning - all approved courses accepted (fulfills QR for core)
- Double counting of courses is allowed across the various categories.
- All accredited programs whose accreditation is threatened by CLA Core requirements, both professional BAs and BFAs, are exempt from Liberal Arts Core I & II in order to meet accreditation standards and requirements. Liberal Arts Core III: Linguistic Diversity is still required for such programs.
- “Degree +” students (students with a second major outside of Liberal Arts) are exempt from the CLA Core.
World Language Courses
World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor. (ASL-American Sign Language; ARAB-Arabic; CHNS-Chinese; FR-French; GER-German; GREK-Greek(Ancient); HEBR-Hebrew(Biblical); HEBR-Hebrew(Modern); ITAL-Italian; JPNS-Japenese; KOR-Korean; LATN-Latin; PTGS=Portuguese; RUSS-Russian; SPAN-Spanish)