2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    
    Sep 30, 2022  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Behavioral Sciences, BA


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About the Program


Apply Now The Behavioral Sciences major includes studies in several disciplines to provide multiple perspectives on human behavior, culture, and society. It is designed to provide a strong foundation for employment in a variety of fields including public/social services as well graduate school.

Degree Requirements


  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation

PNW General Education Core (30 Credits)


CHESS College Core (24 Credits)


Major Core (36 Credits)


Other Required Courses ( 30 Credits)


  • Free Electives (30 Credits) - Six (6) credits must be taken at the 30000-level or above

Civics Literacy Proficiency


The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue Northwest students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of the approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Total 120 Credits Required


Degree Map


Requirements


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  2.0 GPA

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 1 (15 Credits)


Semester 2 (15 Credits)


Semester 3 (15 Credits)


Semester 4 (15 Credits)


Semester 5 (15 Credits)


Semester 6 (15 Credits)


  • Area A Course (See Note 4)
  • Free Elective 
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Sociology Elective - 30000-level or above

Semester 7 (15 Credits)


  • Area A Course (See Note 4)
  • Area B Course (See Note 5)
  • Free Elective 
  • Free Elective 
  • Free Elective - 30000-level or above

Semester 8 (15 Credits)


  • (See Note 2)
  • Area B Course (See Note 5)
  • Behavioral Sciences Elective - 30000-level or above: ANTH, ECON, HDFS, POL, PSY, SOC, or SWRK 
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective - 30000-level or above

Additional Information and Guidelines


Note 1: A proficiency through level IV in one world language is required

Note 2: All four CHESS Core seminar courses, CHSS 10000, CHSS 20000, CHSS 30000, and CHS 40000, must be taken. Duplicates are not allowed

Note 3: Choice of ANTH 10000, ECON 10100, HDFS 21000, POL 13000, POL 14100, PSY 12000 or SWRK 20100

Note 4: Area A - two (2) courses (6 credits) at 30000-level or higher in ONE of the following disciplines: ANTH, ECON, HDFS, POL, PSY or SWRK

Note 5: Area B - two (2) courses (6 credits) at 30000-level or higher in ONE of the following disciplines (but not discipline from Area A): ANTH, ECON, HDFS, POL, PSY or SWRK

Resources


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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