Purdue’s new Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts program aspires to redefine the first-year student experience and reimagine a contemporary liberal arts education for students by offering introductory, faculty-taught classes that challenge students intellectually and nurture lifelong learners.
As part of a broader national effort to redefine liberal arts education in the 21st century, the 15-credit
certificate program, intended for students in all fields of study, launches this fall. Cornerstone students will develop
an understanding of historical contexts, communication skills, an appreciation of the complexity of human
problems, and a learning orientation that will make them strong business and industry leaders as well as good
citizens. Students who enroll in the Cornerstone program will take at least one of two foundational courses titled
“Transformative Texts” and then continue with three courses focused on one of a series of themes: Science and
Technology, Environment and Sustainability, Healthcare and Medicine, Management and Organization, or Conflict
Resolution and Justice.
Through the Cornerstone certificate, students fulfill many of their University Core Curriculum requirements
while exploring themes that complement majors in science, engineering, technology, management, and other
disciplines through the lens of the humanities and the social sciences. Cornerstone enables students to pursue a well-
rounded education alongside their areas of specialization.