A psychology major shares her research during Northwestern's Celebration of Research showcase.

Nature or nurture? What does it mean to be human? How do we learn new things, form relationships with each other, or develop from childhood to old age? If questions about how we develop, behave and think intrigue you, study psychology at Northwestern.

Academic programs

As a psychology major, you’ll study what it means to be a self-conscious creature (human, in other words) and how we learn, develop and relate to others—as well as how our psychological functioning is influenced by biology (nature) and the social world in which we live (nurture).  Explore programs


It’s in the nature of our psychology professors to nurture students. Experienced researchers and committed Christians, they’ll mentor you as you learn the place of faith in asking and answering questions surrounding mind, body and soul. Their scholarship is impressive. Dr. Laird Edman has participated in research seminars in Oxford, England, and Dr. Jennifer Feenstra received a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to spend a year conducting research abroad.  Explore faculty


Mind research? We hope not, because every psychology major is required to conduct a senior research project, working one-on-one with a psychology professor. Northwestern faculty also involve students in their ongoing research on topics like the development of eating disorders, the effects of volunteering, and the cognitive science of religion. Graduates report this research and writing experience is excellent prep for grad school.  Explore research opportunities

Equipped for expertise

Northwestern's latest psychology graduates scored in the top 4% on the ETS Major Field Test in Psychology, a national standardized test that assesses mastery of key concepts and principles. The test—developed by professors from universities across the country—evaluates students’ factual knowledge as well as their analytical and problem-solving skills.

Amelia Holt

Art on the brain

An aspiring art therapist, Amelia appreciates her psychology professors’ support of her research and believes she will be well prepared for grad school.

Amelia's story

Osiris Ordaz

Combining passions

Through the encouragement of her professors, Osiris found that her passion for psychology and art can lead to an interesting, interdisciplinary career.

Osiris's story

Rachel Kinsinger

A soothing presence

Rachel uses her therapy skills and knowledge of child development to help kids cope with the stress of being hospitalized.

Rachel's story

Chris Sietstra

A smart investment

Chris had a job offer from Big Four accounting firm Ernst & Young before he even graduated. His interviewers were so impressed with him, they said they'd send their kids to NWC.

Chris's story

Jenny Welch

Schema for success

Within her first year at Alpine Autism Center, Jenny was promoted to lead therapist, which brings extra responsibilities, like training new therapists.

Jenny's story

Emily Griese

Cognitive development

With strong encouragement from her professors, Emily earned master's and doctoral degrees in psychology and is now a healthcare administrator, research scientist and university professor.

Emily's story