Two students stand together in a hallway. They are smiling and each have one arm wrapped around the other

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

A PNW student stands outdoors

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 Science, ‘24

Michelle Watkins

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.

Michelle Watkins, Human Development and Family Services

Elise Garcia headshot

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


A student sits at a table and smiles. They have one hand in their hair and one hand on the table.

Take the Next Step

Apply Today

Start your journey to success at PNW– see how to apply!

A student sits at a table, smiling. Their hands are folded and sitting on the table.

Invest in Your Future

Student Resources

Take advantage of resources, including scholarships and student organizations.

Hubert Izienicki

Meet Behavioral Studies

Our Faculty

Our faculty are accomplished in teaching, research, publication, and practice.


Icon Image Holder

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 group of students and faculty post on stage with members of the NASW leadership.

PNW BASW students and faculty attend LEAD Day

Students and faculty from the BASW program at PNW traveled to Indianapolis, IN to participate in LEAD Day (Legislative Education Advocacy Development), organized by the NASW-Indiana Chapter in February 2024.

A PNW cheerleader walks in with a "40" sign to honor 40 years of service for lead service maintenance worker Tommy Sanchez at PNW Founders Day 2024.

PNW Celebrates Student, Faculty and Staff Achievements

Purdue University Northwest recognized several exemplary students, faculty and staff members, nominated by their institutional peers, for accomplishments relating to their on-campus community-building and leadership.

Hubert Izienicki

PNW Sociology faculty member earns LEAP Indiana teaching award

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) Associate Professor of Sociology Hubert Izienicki was honored for his teaching methods that apply inclusive and supportive practices for undergraduate students.

Upcoming Events

Apr 27

Spring 2024 Classes End

Spring 2024 Classes end Saturday, April 27. Final exams are next week!

Apr 29

Spring 2024 Final Exams

Spring 2024 final exams run April 29 through May 4. Good luck on your finals!

May 04

Spring 2024 Commencement

Spring 2024 Commencement ceremonies will be held outdoors at the Hammond campus on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

May 13

Summer 2024 Session I Classes Begin

First day of Summer 2024 Session I Classes, including 12-week session, first six-week session and first four-week session.