Academics


Psychology Major

Psychology Major

Understanding why people think and behave the way they do is a valuable ability in any career path. But when you want to help hurting people find healing, it becomes an opportunity to change lives for the better. If you want to be an agent of change through a career in counseling, social work, or a related field, Northwest University's Psychology program is for you. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences blends scientific and cultural studies—enhanced by practicum and study abroad experiences—to give students a global perspective on engaging with human need.

Why Psychology at NU?

  • Choose from five different concentrations: Counseling Psychology, Cultural Psychology, Marriage and Family Studies, or General Psychology.
  • Benefit from small classes where you receive personal attention from professors who care about your success.
  • Develop a global approach to psychology, engaging with challenging issues related to culture and social injustice.
  • Learn from highly qualified faculty members who are active in the behavioral sciences.
  • Integrate your faith with your learning while drawing from disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies.
  • Put your learning into action through hands-on practicum opportunities.
  • Join other students in the program on a cross-cultural learning experience in Europe.

Alumni Story

Valentina Korepanova

"One of the most incredible things about Northwest are the professors. They truly invest in our lives through prayer, interest, and an open ear. I wouldn't be where I am if it wasn't for the time that my psychology professors spent with me. I am truly blessed by the prayers, the connections made, and the material that I was taught at NU. It has given me confidence, endurance, and a thirst not only for knowledge, but also my personal spiritual journey."

– Valentina Korepanova

   Pursuing M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Practicum Opportunities

  • Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • City of Bellevue Teen Services
  • Eastside Recovery Center
  • Division of Children and Family Services — Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)
  • Kirkland Boys and Girls Club
  • Local churches

Common Career Paths

  • Counseling / Marriage and Family Therapy
  • School Counseling
  • Social Work
  • Business / Human Relations

A degree from NU can help you launch your career immediately after graduation. Some of the fields that a degree in Psychology can open up for you include:

Word from the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Sarah Drivdahl

Dr. Sarah Drivdahl

Professor & Chair of Undergraduate Psychology

"The psychology department at Northwest University is committed to providing students with a high-quality education that is rooted in our core values of spiritual vitality, academic excellence, and empowered engagement with human need. We strive to create a rich environment of faith, in which faculty model Christian character and integrate faith into the classroom experience. We also believe that faith is nurtured best in the context of relationship and seek to create a healthy learning community in which each student is valued and experiences the opportunity to develop lifelong friendships. We likewise present students with a rigorous academic curriculum that prepares them for work in a variety of areas and gives them the necessary tools for successful graduate school application. We also provide opportunities such as study abroad and practicum experiences, which enable them to understand and help other people. Overall, we strive to provide a high-quality education while nourishing our students' faith and empowering them to meet the needs of the world around them."

Course Listings

A complete list of courses for the Psychology Major can be found in the Academic Catalog »

Academic Catalog

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