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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


Faculty

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


Research

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. Graduates report this research and writing experience is excellent prep for grad school. Explore research opportunities

Passionate Psychologist

Chris has passions for people, psychology, business and God, and his time at Northwestern has allowed all those to intersect.

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Schema for success

Jenny says that being a psychology major at Northwestern taught her to ask the tough questions, and that she continues to learn and grow every day because of her time at NWC.

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Cognitive development

With strong encouragement from her professors, Emily Griese went on to earn master's and doctoral degrees in psychology, and is now an assistant scientist at Sanford Research.

Emily's story

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