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Department of Psychology, Criminal Justice, & Law Enforcement

Psychology

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Department of Psychology, Criminal Justice, & Law Enforcement

Psychology


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

PSEO/Early college online classes

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

PSEO/Early college online classes

The psychology program is designed for you to study the human mind, understand God’s unique creation, and serve those struggling with mental illness. This degree will lay the perfect foundation for future graduate studies.

Psychology may be the right degree for you if you

  • have a passion for serving
  • desire to understand human nature
  • want to pursue a career in a variety of industries

Why study psychology at Northwestern?

At UNW, you will learn to appreciate the intricacies of the mind and its impact on behavior. Through a biblical worldview, you will study theories and applications of psychology.

Our expert, Christian faculty will encourage you to stretch yourself spiritually and academically. You'll have the opportunity to participate through internships and the Directed Research program. Many present their research at the yearly Scholarship Symposium. With these opportunities, you'll develop a network of professionals to help you build your resume.

What degree concentrations are offered in Psychology?

Careers in psychology

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in psychology.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Advocacy
  • Case management
  • Crisis work
  • Intake or screening
  • Service program director or coordinator
  • Data analysis or test development
  • Adult learning/community instruction
  • Higher education administration and student support services
  • Student development/residential life
  • Marketing/consumer behavior research
  • Organizational development
  • Corporate training and development
  • Sales or customer service
  • Human Resources
  • Mental health services
  • Rehabilitation services

Who employs people with this degree?

  • Non-profits or social/human service organizations
  • Human resource departments
  • Residential treatment and rehabilitation programs
  • Hospitals and health care facilities
  • Market research/Ad agencies
  • Schools, colleges, & universities
  • Church and parachurch organizations
  • Parks and recreation programs
  • Youth programs
  • Clinics and counseling programs
  • Adoption agencies
  • Community education programs and services
  • Educational testing companies
  • Consulting firms

Strategies for success:

  • Psychology provides a broad, liberal arts background, but practical experience (such as internships) will greatly enhance employability or admission to graduate school.
  • Some students may choose to study psychology because they enjoy the subject but wish to pursue careers requiring “any major.” In this scenario, it is critical to develop desirable skills through internships, part-time or summer jobs, or volunteer experiences. Some skills valued most by employers include: communication, interpersonal, leadership, teamwork, and computer skills.
  • Many entry-level helping positions are available. However, the amount of direct client contact is limited for those with a bachelor’s degree. Students may wish to pursue graduate education in psychology, social work, counseling, college student personnel, or other related fields to increase opportunities and earning potential. Research career fields to learn what type of degree (master’s, educational specialist, doctoral) and subject area are most appropriate.
  • Many applied positions require licensure. This can take an additional one to three years of supervised experience after earning a graduate degree, depending upon state requirements.
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87%

of Northwestern’s psychology graduates plan to pursue further education

90%

of seniors grew in their relationship with God during their time at Northwestern

93%

of Northwestern’s psychology graduates felt professionally prepared by their education

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