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Bachelor of Arts

A bachelor’s degree in psychology is a great way to gain insights into human behavior and develop skills for various professional fields. At NNU, our Bachelor of Arts program in Psychology equips you with the tools and foundation to pursue diverse careers in social services, business, ministry or advanced degrees in psychology. Our experienced faculty are dedicated to helping students explore this fascinating field and we welcome you to join our community of learners.

Many psychology majors and undergraduate students later pursue graduate programs in psychological research, counseling psychology, school psychology and more.
  • GAIN a deep understanding of human behavior
  • DISCOVER theory and methods of psychology within the brain and human behavior
  • WORK closely with faculty mentors in small class sizes

Live Your Purpose with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology

At NNU, we believe that finding your purpose is vital to a fulfilling life. That’s why we offer a psychology bachelor’s degree program that helps students understand human behavior and prepares them for various careers. Whether you’re interested in psychology, social services, business or ministry, our program provides a strong foundation. It’s also ideal for those pursuing graduate training in clinical psychology or related fields. Earn your psychology degree from NNU and discover your purpose to make a positive impact in the world.

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Bachelor of Arts

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The Advantages of a Degree in Psychology

  • Learn to think critically and develop problem-solving skills from a top psychological education
  • Benefit from experienced faculty mentors working with you in small class sizes
  • Understand the theories and methods of psychology that apply to the brain and behavior
  • Position yourself for further studies in clinical psychology or related fields
  • Make an impact in various vocational possibilities, including psychology, social service, business and ministry
  • Benefit from an integrated curriculum that develops both technical knowledge and interpersonal skills
  • Learn brain and behavior science from top experts in the field
  • Gain valuable experience through hands-on learning and lab work

Our Goals and Outcomes for Psychology Majors

  • Develop a strong understanding of psychology and its sub-disciplines
  • Learn research design, methodology and statistical analysis to apply in real-world settings effectively
  • Gain practical knowledge of psychology rooted in a Christian worldview
  • Be prepared for further academic or professional work in the field of psychology
  • Receive personal attention from experienced faculty for an individualized educational experience
  • Align your studies with outcomes that are highly applicable to real-world scenarios
  • Use your higher education to bridge the gap between theory and application

Additional Information About the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

What You'll Learn

Are you ready to dive into the fascinating world of human behavior and discover why people think, feel and act the way they do? With NNU’s bachelor’s in psychology, you’ll gain a deep understanding of the biological, psychological and sociocultural dimensions of human behavior.

Our program combines theoretical learning with practical application to develop research, problem-solving and interpersonal communication skills to help you excel in various vocational settings. You’ll gain an understanding of the scientific method and ethical principles and practices, enabling you to effectively apply your knowledge in any hands-on setting. Plus, if you plan on furthering your education, our BA in Psychology will help provide you with the necessary foundation for graduate training in areas like clinical psychology, experimental psychology and more.

Take the first step toward unlocking the mysteries of the normal and abnormal psychology of the human mind. Start your journey with NNU’s Bachelor of Arts in Psychology today!

Studying Psychology at NNU

This program is designed to spark your curiosity and equip you with the knowledge and skills to pursue a rewarding career in psychology research, mental health and psychology professionals. Imagine the ability to connect with others on a whole new level. Through our program, you’ll establish a solid foundation in research design, methodology and statistical analysis.

However, studying psychology goes beyond exploring theories and research. It’s about comprehending individuals profoundly and positively impacting their lives. Our program highlights the significance of maintaining a professional demeanor from a Christian perspective. We believe in the power of compassion, empathy and understanding, and we’ll guide you toward becoming a compassionate and ethical psychologist.

As you progress through our program, you’ll develop a comprehensive understanding of the history, theories and applications of various sub-disciplines within psychology. From cognitive psychology to developmental psychology, you’ll explore different topics that will broaden your perspective and shape your future career.

For a career in professional psychology, you can pursue further education with a master's degree, advanced degree or doctoral degree

Psychology Major Careers

The possibilities are endless for psychology students, from therapeutic roles such as counseling, clinical psychology or school psychologists to research-based positions in academia or pharmaceuticals. You can even step outside traditional psychology roles and explore careers in marketing, human resources specialists or law enforcement.

Psychologists, All Other

Child, Family and School Social Workers

Educational, Guidance, School and Vocational Counselors

Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder and Mental Health Counselors

Community and Social Service Occupations

Rehabilitation Counselors

Meet Our Faculty

I found a home in the Psych department… it is something I hadn’t realized was something I could have.
Hannah Barrett


Frequently Asked Questions About Studying Psychology at NNU

Discover your purpose at Northwest Nazarene University! If you’re interested in studying psychology at NNU, we’re here to answer all your questions.

What is unique about the psychology program at NNU?

Designed to ignite your curiosity, this program will empower you with the knowledge and skills to embark on a fulfilling career in the field of psychology.

Imagine being able to connect with people on a whole new level. Our program will give you a strong foundation in social sciences, research design, methodology and statistical analysis. Armed with these essential tools, you can conduct groundbreaking research and make meaningful contributions to the field. Whether you’re interested in studying human behavior, cognition or social interactions, our program will equip you with the expertise you need to excel.

But studying psychology is more than just delving into theories and research. It’s about understanding individuals profoundly and making a difference in their lives. Our program emphasizes the importance of a professional demeanor from a Christian perspective. We believe in the power of compassion, empathy and understanding, and we’ll guide you on a path to becoming a compassionate and ethical psychologist.

As you progress through our program, you’ll develop a synthesized understanding of the history, theories and application of the major sub-disciplines of psychology. From cognitive psychology to developmental psychology, you’ll explore a wide range of topics that will broaden your perspective and shape your future career.

Our program is about more than just the classroom experience. We provide transfer students with numerous opportunities for hands-on learning, internships and research projects. You’ll have the chance to work alongside experienced professionals, gaining invaluable real-world experience that will set you apart from the competition.

As a student, you are at the heart of everything we do. We’re committed to providing you with a warm and inviting learning environment where you’ll be supported every step of the way. Our dedicated and passionate faculty will inspire you to reach your full potential and help you become the best psychologist you can be.

Are there specific career paths available for psychology majors?

Embarking on the journey of a psychology major at Northwest Nazarene University is like unlocking a door to a multitude of other career opportunities and paths, each as rewarding and fulfilling as the next.

As you journey through our psychology program, you will find yourself at the crossroads of numerous career paths. The knowledge and skills you acquire through psychology programs will serve as a compass guiding you toward your chosen destination.

Understanding human behavior and cognition could lead you to the bustling business world, where you can apply psychological principles to enhance workplace productivity and employee well-being. Alternatively, the path might lead you toward the helping professions, such as counseling or social work, where you can make a profound difference in individuals’ lives.

For those with an academic inclination, a career in research or teaching might beckon, offering the opportunity to delve deeper into the mysteries of the human mind and share your insights with others. And if the pursuit of justice speaks to your heart, a career in forensic psychology might be your calling.

At NNU, we don’t just prepare you for a career—we equip you for a vocation, a purposeful life journey where you can make a meaningful impact in the world. Our psychology program isn’t just about imparting knowledge; it’s about illuminating possibilities. Embrace the journey at NNU and discover the unique career path that awaits you.

Will I get the chance to gain real-world experience during my studies?

Stepping into the world of a psychology major at Northwest Nazarene University is like embarking on an exciting journey that extends far beyond the confines of the classroom and ventures into the realms of real-world experience.

At NNU, we believe authentic learning flourishes in the crucible of experience. This belief is reflected in our rich array of opportunities that allow you to apply your knowledge and skills in practical settings. As a Psychology major, you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in internships, engage in research projects and participate in field experiences.

Our internships offer you the unique opportunity to work alongside seasoned professionals. These experiences are like stepping stones, guiding you through the realities of the psychology field and providing invaluable hands-on experience.

Our research projects serve as gateways to deeper understanding. Here, you’ll have the chance to delve into the mysteries of the human mind, guided by experienced faculty members who are as passionate about your success as they are about their disciplines.

Beyond these, our Psychology Club offers a vibrant community where you can engage in psychology-related activities and events. It’s a space where your passion for psychology can truly flourish. Your journey toward a psychology undergraduate degree isn’t just about gaining knowledge; it’s about experiencing your future career firsthand, preparing you for a successful journey in psychology or related fields.

How has NNU prepared students to make a positive impact on the world?

Northwest Nazarene University is more than an institution of higher education; it’s a crucible for transformation, a nurturing ground where students are empowered to make a positive, loving impact on the world.

At the heart of NNU’s mission is the belief in Truth-seeking transformation. As an NNU student, you won’t just learn—you will evolve, your mind expanding as you uncover new insights and perspectives. The journey is not just about academic excellence but also about cultivating social responsiveness and creative engagement.

Our psychology program serves as a perfect example of this transformative journey. Here, you’ll delve into the mysteries of the human mind, gaining a deeper understanding of human behavior and cognition. But more importantly, you’ll learn how to apply this knowledge in real-world situations to foster understanding, critical thinking, empathy and positive change.

At NNU, we understand that making a positive impact requires more than just knowledge; it requires practical skills, resilience and adaptability. That’s why we offer many resources to support your academic journey and prepare you for life beyond the University. From our Career Development services, which help you navigate your career path, to the Center for Academic Success and Advising, which provides academic support and guidance, we’re committed to helping you succeed. Lastly, the Wellness Center is a sanctuary of well-being that supports your physical, emotional and spiritual health.

At NNU, we don’t just prepare students for the world; we prepare them to change the world. Join us and experience the NNU transformation.