Department of Psychology

When you study psychology or criminal justice at Northwestern, you learn to see yourself and others as people of worth and significance, made in the image of God. 

Psychology has practical value for Christians—as we understand people better, we are more effective in our ability to minister to them.   

The Department of Psychology offers two majors:

Criminal Justice Major

As a criminal justice major, you will learn from instructors who are current or former practitioners in law enforcement and criminal justice. Students are able to form beneficial contacts within the criminal justice network for internships and jobs.

Psychology Major

Majoring in Psychology allows students to gain knowledge in areas such as family, gender, children and more. A bachelor's degree in psychology is excellent preparation for graduate studies in psychology, counseling and more.  


Students discuss the intersection of faith and Criminal Justice at University of Northwestern:


What is Psychology, really?

Psychology is the study of God's greatest work—humankind. The discipline of psychology seeks to understand the nature of human development, motivation, thinking, learning and emotion.

An accurate picture of humanity must include the study of Scriptures; therefore, the study of psychology is made complete by integrating it with biblical principles. 

Get a great internship

Students get fantastic hands-on learning and experience in the field with an internship for their major.

See the list of recent internships.

What interesting classes might I take?

  • Lifespan Psychology
  • Psychology of Counseling
  • Psychology of Gender
  • Counseling of Children
  • Psychology of Pain Management
  • Professional Issues in Psychology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Juvenile Procedures
  • Police and Community
  • Minnesota Criminal and Traffic Code


In the news

Psychology Students Present Research at Stanford and Duke

Under directed faculty research, several Northwestern students investigated the intersection of mental health, religion and spirituality (including religious coping, spiritual experiences, beliefs, values and church attendance) and how these elements relate to different aspects of physiological and overall well-being among the elderly.

They presented their research findings at the Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Stanford University's Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference and Duke University's 3rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Spirituality, Theology and Health.

Become a light in the darkness

'Northwestern is a great place to study psychology because the professors challenge you to integrate your faith and your biblical worldview into every aspect of psychology."

Bethany, Psychology major, St. Michael, Minn.

"Criminal justice and law enforcement are fields with a lot of darkness. Northwestern prepares [us] become lights and leaders in fields where there is little light."

Alex, Criminal Justice major, Maple Grove, Minn.