Learning Communities

Honors College Learning Communities

Want to continue living and learning with students in the Honors College? Our Learning Communities offer you the opportunity to do just that!

Honors College Learning Communities provide opportunities to live with Honors College students while taking thematic courses and engaging in related extra-curricular activities in common over the academic year. Learning communities emphasize a particular area of interest and allow you to pursue this interest in and out of the classroom with your peers and faculty. Conversations begun in class are continued in the residence hall, at dinner, at a performance or exhibit, or even on a field trip! Continue to explore interdisciplinary academics with the Honors College through our living and learning communities.

Grants are available to help defray the cost of on-campus housing expenses for honors students with unmet financial need. Please direct questions about the grants in support of “Altered Harmony: Jazz and Society” and "The Data Mine - Critical Data Studies" to Catharine Patrone (cpatrone@purdue.edu), Senior Director of Academic and Student Affairs.

The Data Mine - Critical Data Studies


Critical Data Studies

Fall 2019 - Spring 2020

Community Description:
This Data Mine Learning Community, part of a collaboration with faculty in the Honors College, Purdue Libraries and the Department of Anthropology, seeks to create tools and methods to help scholars think critically and engage the public in conversation about the role of Data Science in society. Critical Data Studies is an interdisciplinary field that addresses the ethical, legal, socio-cultural, epistemological and political aspects of data science, big data and digital infrastructure. Particular emphasis will be given to democratic and participatory approaches to algorithm design and responsible data management, curation and dissemination. Opportunities to engage the larger campus community through the monthly Critical Data Studies seminar forms a key component of this cohort.

Courses:
Fall 2019 - HONR 399: Topics in Critical Data Studies
Spring 2020 - ILS 590: Critical Data Studies Seminar
Fall 2019 and Spring 202 - STAT 19000: The Data Mine I and II

Residence Information:
Students in this Learning Community will reside in Hillenbrand Hall. Students must complete a housing contract separately from applying for the Learning Community.

Apply:
To apply for this Learning Community, please click here.



Altered Harmony: Jazz and Society


Altered Harmony: Jazz

Fall 2019 - Spring 2020

Community Description:
The Jazz and Society Learning Community provides an opportunity to center jazz as a theme of your lives for an academic year. The community will be lead by the notion that, “jazz artists ‘speak to each other in the language of music,’" and you will explore the nature of this artistic conversation with many of it’s cultural influences, geographical variations, and temporal iterations. You will interrogate varying facets of the social impact such a conversation facilitates, and explore the extent to which jazz embodies an American ideal of democracy. You will explore the musical language of jazz with it's power to make collective “performance” stronger. If you’re interested in jazz but don’t play an instrument or sing, or if you have a little or a lot of experience playing and singing, join your peers and dedicated faculty in this unique opportunity to focus on jazz as a way of life and a musical practice.

Courses:
Fall 2019 - MUS 37800: Jazz History
Spring 2020 - HONR 29900: Jazz
Spring 2020 - OPTIONAL Spring Break Study Away Course, HONR 29900: Jazz in NOLA

Residence Information:
Students in this Learning Community will reside in Third Street Suites. Students must complete a housing contract separately from applying for the Learning Community.

Apply:
To apply for this Learning Community, please click here.