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Department of Behavioral Sciences

Find out about our undergraduate majors and minors, Couple and Family Therapy graduate program and more.

Jalyn Smith

The professors in my major not only cared about the students’ academic success, but also about us as individuals. When classes became difficult, they would remind us of all the people we are going to help and the lives we are going to change.

Jalyn A. Smith, Social Work, ’22

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It’s nice to be in a more intimate, smaller setting. It makes me feel like I’m actually a student, not a number.

Mya Bell, Human Development and Family Studies, ’24

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I chose sociology because I believe that, to effect change anywhere, it is crucial to understand the societal/human aspect of issues. The root cause of many social problems begins with the people in our communities and how their behavior can impact the society at large.

– Elise Garcia, ’23, Sociology Minor

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Our Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Our Couple and Family Therapy graduate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

News and Announcements

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Purdue Northwest students earn fall semester Dean’s List honors

The Purdue University Northwest (PNW) 2022 fall semester Dean’s List recognizes 1,738 undergraduate students for their academic achievement.

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Changing lives: Meet 2022 PNW graduate Jalyn A. Smith

Inspired by her mother’s career in social work, Jalyn A. Smith, ’22, chose to major in the same field and will graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in Social Work from the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.

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Recognizing Our Graduates

Purdue University Northwest proudly celebrates the graduates who received their degrees during two commencement ceremonies on Dec. 10, 2022.

Upcoming Events

Feb 09

Graduate School Showcase

Are you interested in continuing on to earn a graduate-level degree? Not sure what your next move is after graduation? Come to the Graduate School Showcase and learn about opportunities available to you with PNW Graduate Programs.

Feb 27

Summer 2023 Registration Begins

Summer 2023 registration opens to all PNW students on Monday, February 27th.

Mar 01

Scholarship Application Deadline

PNW students can be considered for more than 140 donor-funded scholarships just by filling out one simple application form. We know you’re busy, but taking this one small step can make a big difference in finding free money for college!

Mar 08

Spring 2023 Career Expo

The PNW 2023 Spring Career Expo is a career fair for Purdue Northwest students and alumni seeking full-time employment and internships across all industries and academic majors.