Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts is a 15 credit hour certificate program designed for all Purdue undergraduates. The two-semester first year sequence is taught by a team of award winning Liberal Arts Faculty Fellows. It is followed by three courses built around a series of themes designed to add depth to the student’s major.

The Cornerstone certificate provides students with a road map to navigate the varied options of the Purdue core curriculum. It presents a set of classes that complements the student’s area of study and fosters the creative thinking that makes good business and industry leaders, and even more importantly good citizens.

Cornerstone students will cultivate exceptional communication skills as well as an appreciation of the need to examine a diversity of opinions and develop as lifelong learners positioned to make a transformative impact on the world and their communities.

Our Award Winning Liberal Arts Faculty Fellows

Program Overview:

Cornerstone consists of a 2-semester first-year sequence of Transformative Texts. These courses are based on the fundamental premise that great texts inform and inspire students, develop their creative thinking and imaginative capacity, and help them see the world from different perspectives, broadening their understanding of the world and the challenges people face. 

SCLA 101 Transformative Texts, Critical Thinking and Communication I: Antiquity to Modernity (UCC Written Communication and Information Literacy)

SCLA 102 Transformative Texts, Critical Thinking and Communication II: Modern World (UCC Oral Communication)

Students then proceed to take 9 hours in the Cornerstone Themes of Cultural Impact and Representation: 

1)      Science and Technology

2)      Environment and Sustainability

3)      Healthcare and Medicine

4)      Management and Organization

5)      Conflict Resolution and Justice

Lynn Parrishs Spring study abroad class in Greece.
Cornerstone takes you places! The From Myth to Philosophy: Ancient Greece class poses for a photo.

How Cornerstone works with UCC:

How Cornerstone works with UCC


Dr. Melinda Zook
Cornerstone Director

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600

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