Academic Departments

"The central purpose of our profession is to participate in the transformation of our students’ minds and hearts.”
Janet Sommers, Ph.D., Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs

Within each department listed below are faculty committed to students' success in every area of their lives. Through your studies and interaction with professors, you'll learn firsthand why we say Northwestern is where mind and spirit thrive.

Art & Design

Art & Design

As a student in Art & Design, you learn to convey visual messages through drawing, painting, sculpting, designing or whatever medium you can dream up. You will learn the aesthetic and technical skills needed to apply your work to today’s world.

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Biblical & Theological Studies

Biblical & Theological Studies

If you think biblical scholars are boring, unapproachable, and use too many big words, think again! Our Biblical & Theological Studies (B&TS) professors actively engage students in conversations inside and outside the classroom to apply theology to everyday life.

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Department of Biology & Biochemistry

Biology & Biochemistry

The Department of Biology & Biochemistry explores the natural world of God's creation through scientific inquiry within the framework of a Christian worldview.

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Business

Business

Students in the Department of Business are constantly challenged to integrate their faith into every single decision they make. The values and work ethic taught here will enable you to succeed years beyond college.

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Christian Ministries

Christian Ministries

The Department of Christian Ministries will prepare you to serve in a variety of ministry positions or pursue seminary or graduate education. You can apply your studies to almost any area of life to intentionally further the Gospel anywhere you go.

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Department of Communication

Communication

This fast-paced, ever-changing industry always needs new, young professionals. You could be one of them! In the Department of Communication you will get hands-on training in technical and creative approaches to media, communication, journalism, theatre and more.

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Education

Education

The Northwestern Department of Education will teach you how to be the best teacher you can be for whatever age or area of study you are drawn to. You will develop teaching skills and curricula while you influence the youngest generation.

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English & Literature

English & Literature

If you love words and the power they hold, the Department of English & Literature may be the place for you. Here you will read the classics and write original work while you learn discover the significance of written ideas and understand linguistic principles.

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History & Related Fields

History & Related Fields

Are you interested in how events that happened in the last decade, century or millennium affect us today? The Department of History & Related Fields will teach you to look at the past and the present as a related and vital story about our future.

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Mathematics & Engineering

Mathematics & Engineering

The Department of Mathematics & Engineering integrates the foundational framework of the applied sciences with creativity to solve problems in modern society.

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Music

Music

The Department of Music will teach, mentor and equip you to think, perform, lead and worship with creativity and conviction, to the glory of God. Your passion  for music will be encouraged by other students and developed by our professional faculty.

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Nursing

The Department of Nursing offers real-world experience that equips you for a job and a Christ-centered perspective that teaches you what it really means to serve. We welcome freshman, transfers and students who have already completed their bachelor's degree!

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Physical Education, Health & Kinesiology

Physical Education, Health & Kinesiology

In the Department of Physical Education, Health & Kinesiology, you can study the human body and how to train athletes for optimum performance through physical conditioning and nutrition.

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Psychology

Psychology

Do you wonder what makes a person act or think a certain way? As a student in the Department of Psychology you will study human development, motivation, thinking, learning and emotion through the lens of Scripture.

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World Languages

World Languages

The world is at our doorstep and the Department of World Languages is ready to help you interact with it. You can learn Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish and travel around the world to develop your language and cross-cultural skills to reach the world for Christ.

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Multidisciplinary Studies

Are you the kind of person who wants to pursue multiple academic interests, but doesn’t want to be triple major? Multidisciplinary majors are pre-designed to combine multiple areas of study and allow students to pursue personal academic goals while defining a Christian perspective.

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