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Westville General Studies

Building Your Foundation

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Get the Right Start

Located just 15 miles from Indiana Dunes National Park, PNW’s rural branch campus is a great place to start your journey to a degree. You can enjoy hands-on learning and connecting with professors who care, all in a beautiful 250+ acre setting.

After completing your general-education courses at Westville, you can take classes on PNW’s Hammond campus to finish any program Purdue University Northwest offers.

Curriculum Overview

Your general education courses at PNW Westville can build the foundation for a successful degree, whether it’s a degree completed at PNW’s Hammond campus or elsewhere!

Explore what college has to offer and build core skills in writing and communication that will be useful for any career.

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Requirements differ for every major. Be sure to connect with your advisor to determine the best course of study for your program of interest.

Sample Courses

  • COM 11400 – Fundamentals Of Speech Communication
  • GS 19100 – First-Year Experience I

Begin to build knowledge in your eventual major with introductory courses relevant to your future career.

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Requirements differ for every major. Be sure to connect with your advisor to determine the best course of study for your program of interest.

Sample Courses

  • ECON 25100 Microeconomics
  • COM 25000 Mass Communication and Society
  • SOC 22000 Social Problems


State-of-the-art buildings, like the Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex, give students comfortable space to study and socialize. Lab spaces and classrooms will give you the opportunity to build the hands-on skills you will use throughout your career.

A student practices with surveying equipment. Students talk beneath a lion sculpture


As a Purdue University Northwest student, you’ll have access to resources you need to help you succeed, including advisors to help keep you on track toward your eventual degree and student resources ranging from tutoring and counseling services to the PNW Career Center.


Westville students can apply for a number of program-specific scholarships, including:

  • Academic Achievement Scholarship
  • Chancellor James B. Dworkin Distinguished Scholars Award
  • Barbara Bell Blake Nursing Scholarship

Beyond the Classroom

You’ll find plenty of opportunities to connect with faculty and peers in extracurricular activities, such as:

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Our value is best demonstrated through the employers our graduates have worked for:

  • Ford Motor Company
  • Franciscan Health
  • Michigan City Area Schools
A PNW student on the Westville branch campus

You're able to have small classes and meet with both your peers and your professors. Also, the campus is really beautiful.

Saige Addison, ’22, Westville Student, Social Work

PNW student Adam Rich

I’m on a first-name basis with all of my professors I’ve had at PNW, and I know a lot of my friends who go to bigger schools can’t say the same thing.

Adam Rich, ’20, Westville Student, Biology

Meet the Faculty

Lindsay Gielda

Lindsay M. Gielda, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Gielda is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences. Her research and teaching focus is in the field of medical microbiology and immunology, with an emphasis in molecular biology.

Scott T. Bates, Ph.D.

Scott T. Bates, Ph.D.

Nils K. Nelson Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Scott Bates is currently an assistant professor on PNW’s Westville campus, whose foci include bioinformatics, microbial ecology, microbiology and mycology. His research seeks to harness the power of modern molecular methods to broadly investigate how assemblages of microbes function in their environment.

Amanda Passmore

Amanda H. Passmore, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Special Education/Early Childhood

Passmore teaches classes in early childhood special education and advocates for practices that promote the inclusion of young children with disabilities across all educational settings. Her research interests include supporting young children, teachers, and families through play-based social-emotional and behavioral supports within early childhood education.