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.

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


Jake Vermeer hopes for a career as a child psychologist for children with disabilities and has spent time job-shadowing psychologists at Gillette Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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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 a postdoctoral research fellow at Sanford Research ...

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