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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.
At UNW, students learn to appreciate the intricacies of the mind and its impact on behavior. They are taught clinically-oriented and data-proven strategies through a biblical worldview, as they study the theories and applications of psychology.
The Psychology program prepares students within a Christian context by educating them in four domains: psychological knowledge, scientific methodology, ethics, and communication skills.
The discipline of psychology seeks to understand the nature of human development, motivation, thinking, learning, and emotion. An accurate picture of an individual must include the study of Scriptures; therefore, the study of psychology is made complete by integrating it with biblical principles.
The study of psychology enables students to see themselves as persons of worth and significance. The study of psychology has practical value for Christian service. As we better understand people, we are more effective in our ability to minister to them. Students may earn a concentration in Forensic Psychology or Marriage & Family Counseling. Research and internship experiences help provide added value to their education.
Our expert, Christian faculty encourages students to stretch themselves spiritually and academically. They'll have the opportunity to participate in internships and the Directed Research program. Many present their research at the yearly Scholarship Symposium. With these opportunities, students develop a network of professionals to help build their resume.
Dr. Melissa Mork is a psychology professor here at Northwestern, but when Dr. Mork isn't in the classroom she is still teaching, whether she is writing, recording episodes for her podcast Mental Health with Dr. Melissa Mork, or filming TikToks. Dr. Mork has experienced the loss of her parents, friends, children, and her first husband. These losses fueled her mission to help others who have experienced loss cope and work through their grief. Her heart for students is evident in the classroom as she teaches them clinically-oriented and data-proven strategies through a biblical worldview with real life experience to back up the theory.
Learn more about Dr. Mork through her book, "Bounce: From surviving to thriving through loss,” and her podcast, Mental Health with Dr. Melissa Mork.
Students interested in completing a concentration in Forensic Psychology will complete 16 credits specifically related to this area of study. Classes include Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, and Measurement & Assessment. Additional credits can be taken in either Deviance, Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Procedures, or through a Criminal Justice Internship.
Students interested in completing a Health Psychology concentration will complete 16 credits online specific to this area of study. Classes include Foundations of Health Psychology, Stress Management Strategies, Pain Management Strategies, and Clinical Health Psychology.
*For information about the Health Psychology courses, contact the Adult Undergraduate Office (CGOAL). Tuition for the Health Psychology courses is not included in the traditional undergraduate tuition block.
Students interested in completing a concentration in Marriage and Family will complete 16 credits specific to this area of study. Classes include Interpersonal Psychology, Counseling Children, and Marriage & Family Counseling. In addition to these core classes, students have the option to take Psychology of Gender, Treatment of Special Populations, Directed Psychological Research I, or learn through real-world experience in a psychology internship.
Students interested in completing a concentration in Psychology will complete their choice of 16 credits specific to the PSY prefix within the course catalogue.
Studying psychology at Northwestern allowed me to better understand the complexities of human nature and relationships while also deepening my knowledge of who God made us to be. My education at Northwestern prepared me to further study clinical social work at the graduate level and hold firmly to my faith in the world of mental health.
I graduated from Northwestern with a major in both Criminal Justice and Psychology. Without guidance from knowledgeable professors, I wouldn’t be where I am today. The program prepares students to make greater changes to a broken world and to be a part of the solution instead of just cleaning up the problem. God really used UNW to guide me and show me what I’m really capable of if I keep my eyes on Him. I am now in Law School preparing to be a Criminal Lawyer. I am very excited for what my future has in store and how God is going to lead me into the next chapter of life!
of Northwestern’s psychology graduates plan to pursue further education
of seniors grew in their relationship with God during their time at Northwestern
of Northwestern’s psychology graduates felt professionally prepared by their education
Students will learn clinically oriented and data-proven strategies for engaging with the human mind.