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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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
A PNW Sociology faculty member’s recently published research on representation in LGBTQ-themed children’s books offers a helpful critique on the diversity of characters and familial relationships depicted.
Nicky Ali Jackson, executive director of Purdue University Northwest’s Center for Justice and Post-Exoneration Assistance in Hammond, was quoted recently in the Chicago Sun-Times article about Cleveland “Christopher” Bynum, a Gary man serving a 300-year sentence for 5 killings another man later confessed to.
The Purdue University Northwest spring 2023 semester Dean’s List recognizes 1,647 undergraduate students for their academic achievements.
Oct 04Fall Career Expo 2023
Students and alumni of PNW that are seeking internships and full-time employment are invited to the 2023 Fall Career Expo!
Oct 09Fall Break
There are no classes but campus offices are open.
Oct 23Spring 2024 Priority Registration Begins
Priority Registration for Spring 2024 opens Monday, Oct. 23. Register as soon as you can to stay on track for graduation.
Nov 22Thanksgiving Break (Campus Open)
There will be no classes due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Campuses will remain open.