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Purdue University College of Liberal Arts
Established 1953
Dean Irwin Weiser
Faculty 514
Undergraduates 6,403
Postgraduates 1,154[1]
Location United States West Lafayette, IN, USA
Affiliations Purdue University

The Purdue University College of Liberal Arts is one of eight colleges (major academic divisions) of Purdue University. In addition to liberal arts programs, the College of Liberal Arts also contains the social sciences and humanities programs at Purdue.



The College of Liberal Arts contains twelve minor academic divisions, or Departments, as well as a number of interdisciplinary studies programs. The Departments include:


While liberal arts courses meet in many buildings throughout Purdue's campus, the College's administrative offices, as well as those of many staff and faculty members, are located in the Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education. As the building's name suggests, space in Beering Hall is shared between the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Education.


Liberal arts courses have been taught at Purdue since its founding in 1874. The School of Science, Education, and Humanities was formed in 1953. In 1963, the School of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education was established, although Bachelor of Arts degrees had begun to be conferred as early as 1959. In 1989, the School of Liberal Arts was created to encompass Purdue's humanities and social sciences programs, while education programs were split off into the newly-formed School of Education. The School of Liberal Arts was renamed the College of Liberal Arts in 2005.[2]


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