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College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

Explore the big questions with our wide-ranging programs.


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Smart Moves


Take the next step to success: apply to a program in the College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences today!

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Explore CHESS

Student Resources

Experience the range of CHESS student organizations and internships that will help you succeed.

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Our People

Faculty and Research

Our scholars and professionals will help you develop skills to excel in life, the community, and worldwide.

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All the faculty members I’ve worked with truly are working for you. They want you to be able to do what you want to do.

David Bolton, Communication, ‘24

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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 Science, ‘24

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PNW has created networking opportunities and professional relationships that I am grateful for, with mentors that are wonderful role models.

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My professors did a great job of providing a balanced education. There were courses not just in English content, but also in education, pedagogy and a lot of field experience before you start student teaching.

News and Announcements

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Purdue University Northwest to offer Master of Social Work degree

Purdue University Northwest will enroll students in its first Master of Social Work (MSW) cohort in fall 2025. Applications will be accepted through January 2025.

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PNW Communication students earn top recognitions at international scriptwriting competition

Five Purdue University Northwest (PNW) Communication and Creative Arts students received first place in the 2024 Broadcast Education Association (BEA) scriptwriting competition in the BEA Festival of Media Arts.

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Purdue University Northwest spring graduates encouraged to be brave in their careers

PNW spring 2024 graduates arduously persisted to complete their college degrees. Intensive hours spent studying or researching, leading on-campus events, and shining on the field or court have prepared PNW graduates well for their next professional ventures.

Important Dates

May 27

Campus Closed: Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, the PNW campuses will be closed and there will be no classes. Classes will resume on Tuesday, May 28.

Jun 07

Summer Classes: 1st 4-Week Module Ends

Don’t forget to mark your calendars. The first module of summer classes end Friday, June 7.

Jun 10

8 Week Module and Second 4 Week Module Begins

The 8 week and second 4 week modules begin Monday, June 10.

Jun 16

Deadline to Submit Summer 2024 Application to Graduate

Students completing their degree requirements at any point in Summer 2024 are required to apply to graduate by Saturday, June 16.