College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Northwest University's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

People in this world are experiencing challenging circumstances. Fortunately, there are those who feel called to help them. This is exactly why the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Northwest University exists. Our goal is to equip those who feel called to excel in the fields of clinical mental health counseling, international community development, and more. Whether it’s our on-campus psychology degree, our doctoral program, a mental health counseling degree, master's degree in counseling psychology, or a master of international community development, we have the programs to help you make a real difference in the lives of real people.

Why Study Behavioral Science at Northwest University?

Students in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences learn from professors with years of experience in the field, many of whom are still active. These professors teach our students how to treat the whole person: socially, psychologically, spiritually, and culturally. In addition, our programs have a unique multicultural focus and are presented in the context of a globalizing world. Students gain all of this knowledge as a part of a cohort, with peers that encourage and challenge each other.

What Can You Do With a Behavioral Science Degree?

While Northwest offers specialized degrees, these degrees qualify our students for a wide array of careers that engage directly with human need. Some job possibilities and fields include:

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • Psychologist
  • Community Counselor
  • Career Counselor
  • Criminal Justice
  • Employee Assistance Professional
  • Chaplaincy
  • Business
  • Corporate Relations/Philanthropy
  • Human Resources
  • Missionary
  • Relief and Development Agencies
  • Local Governments
  • Healthcare
  • Research
  • Education

What Real-World Experiences Are Provided by the College?

Built into all College of Social and Behavioral Sciences programs are opportunities for students to participate with local and international organizations dedicated to helping those in need. These can take the form of internships and cultural immersion experiences to help students broaden their understanding and skills. An example of this is NUhope—a counseling service housed on the NU campus. Here, our graduate students have the opportunity to provide real care and interact with real clients. Experiences like these are invaluable for helping students enter their profession with a high degree of expertise and confidence.

What Do Students Say About Our Programs?

After 12 years in project management, Justin Monuteaux began to ask if there was more to life. That single question led him to the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program at Northwest University. Now, he has a growing counseling practice that helps struggling couples to rebuild their marriages. “Today my work has real meaning. I love what I do. It’s amazing to watch couples come in with little hope and leave with a stronger marriage than they’ve ever had before.”

What Kind of Courses in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Will I Take?

The list of courses will vary depending on your degree, but below are some examples from undergraduate and graduate psychology degrees. Also included are graduate courses for our community development program.

Undergraduate Psychology:

  • PSYC 2313: Cultural Psychology
  • PSYC 2543: Marriage and Family
  • PSYC 3353: Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 4303: Theories of Personality
  • SOCI 3423: Cultural Anthropology

Graduate Psychology:

  • PSYC 5252: Communication and Counseling Skills within Multicultural Contexts
  • PSYC 5453: Psychopathology
  • PSYC 6602: Advanced Lifespan Development
  • PSYC 5352: Biological Basis of Behavior I: Neuropsychology
  • PSYC 5302: Group Counseling and Cultural Dynamics

Graduate Community Development:

  • GLST 5932: Project Management
  • GLST 5673 Globalization and Development
  • GLST 5203: Spirituality, Culture, and Social Justice
  • GLST 6343: Social Entrepreneurship
  • GSLT5972: Practicum/Thesis Project

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Programs