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:
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.
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 Northwestern College:
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.
In the News
November 2012 – The Criminal Justice program and it's faculty, students and graduates were featured in the Northwestern Pilot magazine. Find out what Criminal Justice at NWC is really guilty of.
Psychology Students Present Research at Stanford and Duke
Under the direction of Associate Professor Psychology Allison Keuning, Ph.D., several psychology students investigated the intersection of mental health, religion and spirituality (such as 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:
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."
"Criminal justice and law enforcement are fields with a lot of darkness. Northwestern prepares [us] ...to become lights and leaders in fields where there is little light."
Get a Great Internship
Students get fantastic hands-on learning and experience in the field with an internship for their major.
What interesting classes might I take?