The Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree offered through Northwestern's FOCUS Adult Undergraduate program provides theoretical and applied understanding of psychological principles to prepare you for graduate study in psychology, entry-level positions in the helping professions, or careers requiring a psychology background. With a view of psychological principles through the context of a biblical lens, a focus on ethics, and the required biblical coursework, you will be equipped to apply and practice the knowledge and skills you gain from a Christian perspective.
After completing the core courses, you will have the opportunity to choose one of three emphases for deeper study in an area that interests you:
Criminal Justice Emphasis
Coursework in the criminal justice emphasis provides training in theories and methods of psychology and criminal justice. You will the criminal justice system, juvenile delinquency, corrections, criminal law and deviance. The curriculum focuses on criminal behavior, social dynamics, sociology of the youth offender and criminal law.
Health Psychology Emphasis
The health psychology emphasis provides training in theories of psychology and methods of stress and pain management in a clinical setting. Learn about the physiological, psychological and social causes for pain and stress and methods for effective treatment. NOTE: Health Psychology will be available as a separate major in 2014. Ask your admission counselor for details.
Marriage & Family Emphasis
The emphasis in marriage and family provides training in theories and methods of psychology and counseling. The curriculum focuses on the nature of human growth and development and on methods of assessing personality and problem areas. Integrating a Christian perspective in these areas, you'll also explore strategies of counseling children, adolescents, adults and families.
Course of study
You can earn your Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 18–22 months upon completion of 125 semester credits in general education, major, and elective requirements. Learn about transferring credits toward your program of study.
After completing your general education requirements, your Psychology program includes the following courses:
Classes meet once a week from 6–10 p.m. on the Northwestern campus.
Meet our faculty
Ghlee Hanson, M.S., has worked as a probation officer/therapist, national convention workshop leader, consultant and licensed clinical social worker. She is committed to sending students out into the world and guiding them to become the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.
“We are all full-time Christian ministers,” Hanson says. “We all have that responsibility, no matter our job.” Hanson teaches courses in the Criminal Justice emphasis for the Psychology degree. Learn more about Ghlee Hanson.
Learn more about our Psychology faculty:
Is a Psychology degree for you?
Do you care deeply about people and want to understand what makes them tick? The Bachelor of Science in Psychology will guide you to a deeper understanding of human behavior and psychological principles.
Looking at the topic and the practice of psychology through a Christ-centered, biblical lens will provide perspectives not available through typical undergraduate psychology programs. You will be able to connect your love for God and the people He created through this dynamic course of study.