Department of Behavioral Sciences
Find out about our undergraduate majors and minors, Couple and Family Therapy graduate program and more.
Our rigorous programs bring real-world experience to the classroom, building the knowledge you need to succeed.
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.
It’s nice to be in a more intimate, smaller setting. It makes me feel like I’m actually a student, not a number.
The faculty in the department took the time to build a rapport with students and displayed a genuine concern about the quality of education we received. I am proud to have chosen HDFS as a major.
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.
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Take advantage of resources including scholarships and student organizations.
Our faculty are accomplished in teaching, research, publication and practice.
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
Chancellor Medallion Recipient: Meet 2023 PNW graduate Sharyl Riley
Sharyl Riley, ’23, earned a bachelor of science degree in Computer Information Technology with a concentration in Cybersecurity from the College of Technology and a minor in Criminal Justice from the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences at Purdue University Northwest (PNW).
Purdue University Northwest Graduates Encouraged to Remember Civics at Spring Commencement
Purdue University Northwest graduates were urged to uphold the values and freedoms afforded to them as U.S. residents and exhibit service to others as exemplary, participatory civilians in a democracy, during PNW’s spring 2023 commencement Saturday, May 6.
PNW Graduate LaPorte Police Department’s First Social Worker
The Northwest Indiana Times shares how Purdue University Northwest graduate Caitlyn Kalisik is helping officers deal with mental health and drug abuse issues encountered during calls for assistance.
Jun 12Summer 2023 Session II Classes Begin
Summer 2023 Session II classes begin including the eight-week session and second four-week session.
Jun 18Deadline to Submit Summer 2023 Application to Graduate
Summer 2023 candidates for graduation must apply to graduate in myPNW.
Aug 21Fall 2023 Classes Begin
We’re excited to kick off another semester of learning and PNW Pride. Power Onward! Fall 2023 Classes begin Monday, August 21, 2023.
Aug 21Fall 2023 Late Registration Begins
Fall 2023 Late Registration runs Monday, August 21, through Friday, August 25, 2023. Be sure to register beforehand if possible.