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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 around the world.

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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 Studies, ‘24

Sonja Pierson

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 Northwest Sociology faculty member’s research examines representation in LGBTQ children’s books

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.

PNW professors and Munster High School students at a “Supreme Court vs. EPA" panel

PNW Partners with Munster High on Wetlands Panel

The Northwest Indiana Times shares how over 70 PNW students and professors met with Munster High School students for a panel titled “Supreme Court vs. EPA.” Professors discussed the legal, political and environmental implications of the recent Sackett vs. EPA Supreme Court decision.

PNW Named Among 2024 Best Midwest Universities by U.S. News & World Report

Purdue University Northwest earned recognitions for several undergraduate programs and social mobility in U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 annual Best Colleges rankings, released Monday, Sept. 18.

Important Dates

Oct 04

Fall 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 09

Fall Break

There are no classes but campus offices are open.

Oct 23

Spring 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 22

Thanksgiving Break (Campus Open)

There will be no classes due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Campuses will remain open.