Purdue University Northwest

Department of Behavioral Sciences
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The Department of Behavioral Sciences offers students a broad-based liberal education, enabling them to function effectively in a world of rapid change, in careers in such fields as government, business, mental health, child care, and social services. The Department provides students with skills and strategies to understand individual and group behavior, to learn how to relate well to others, and to understand the relationships between social problems and the social environment. As one of the most diverse academic units on campus, the department offers courses in a variety of disciplines concerned with human behavior: anthropology; child care; human development and family studies; marriage and family therapy; psychology; sociology; and criminal justice. The Department has numerous resources including the Institute for Social and Policy Research, Couple and Family Therapy Center, and Riley Child Center. 

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Anne B. Edwards
Department Emphasis
  • 34% Human Development
  • 33% Family Studies
  • 33% Family Therapy
Campus Enrollment
10,000
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

2200 169th St.
Porter Hall, Room 213
Hammond, IN 46323
United States

Phone Number
219-989-2384
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Child & Family Services
  • Early Childhood Development
Undergrad Comments

The objective of the Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) academic program is to educate students for a variety of vocational areas within the human services. These areas include entry-level positions in case management services, health management services, mental health services, child welfare services, and services to support older adults. Students acquire theoretical knowledge in human development, family processes, and statistical and research methods needed in practice and future graduate work. The Program provides students with an understanding of human services from a system-of-care perspective and a familiarity with evidence-based practice. 

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Anne B. Edwards
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Human Development & Family Studies
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

The Master's Program in Child Development and Family Studies offers two options: Marriage and Family Therapy, and Human Development and Family Studies. The Marriage and Family Therapy Program produces graduates who are versed in the three-pronged approach of theory, research, and practice. The Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the AAMFT and prepares students for clinical work. The Human Development and Family Studies Program prepares students for leadership positions in fields such as early childhood, and human services. Both programs prepare graduates for future doctoral graduate work. 

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.

Program Approved Since
11/1/2017
CFLE Contact
Anne Edwards
CFLE Contact Email