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Program Intro

Psychologists study human behavior with an emphasis on improving the human condition. Psychologists can specialize in disciplines such as neuroscience, educational, clinical, industrial, organizational, developmental or sports psychology.

In this program, you’ll prepare for entry-level social science work or application to study at the graduate level.

Department of Psychology

You’ll have opportunities to assist faculty in research or have faculty mentor you in your areas of interest. Internships provide ways to practice your skills and build your professional network.

The expertise of our faculty includes neuroscience as well as clinical, developmental, experimental and cognitive psychology.

Curriculum Overview

Psychology core classes consist of 30 credits that introduce you to psychology research methods, statistics and ethics, as well as how we understand learning, memory, brain and behavior. You’ll also study social, abnormal and development psychology and complete a capstone senior research project or an internship.

Explore an overview of psychology as a science, a first-year experience course and an introduction to the use of statistics in the field.

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Sample Courses

  • ENGL 10400 – English Composition I
  • PSY 10300 – Psychology First Year Experience
  • MA 15300 – College Algebra

 

Expand your understanding of research methods in psychology as well as theories of abnormal behavior, human memory and learning.

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Sample Courses

  • COM 11400 – Fundamentals Of Speech Communication
  • PSY 20300 – Introduction To Research Methods In Psychology
  • PSY 20401 – Learning And Memory

Investigate ethical issues and explore additional specialties in the field, such as social psychology and developmental psychology.

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Sample Courses

  • PSY 32500 – Professional And Ethical Issues In Psychology
  • PSY 24000 – Introduction To Social Psychology

Focus on areas of psychology that interest you as you choose electives while completing your senior research and/or your internship.

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Sample Courses

  • PSY 48000 – Field Experience In Psychology
  • PSY 49200 – Internship In Psychology
  • PSY 49800 – Senior Research

Highlights

This program includes plenty of research and mentorship opportunities as well as internships in the field. Our esteemed faculty are passionate educators with a wealth of knowledge in their areas of expertise.

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Outcomes

Graduates of this program can work in entry-level social science jobs, such as case manager.

Many Psychology majors intend to help people by providing therapy or conducting research to improve the human condition. Most of these careers require a graduate degree, and our program is an ideal way to prepare for further studies.

Beyond the Classroom

We encourage you to get involved in activities like:

  • Psychology Club, which provides social, service and learning opportunities
  • Psi Chi Honor Society, which recognizes students who distinguish themselves academically
  • Paid positions as a research assistant and/or as a supplemental instructor conducting study sessions

 

Accreditation

PNW adheres to the guidelines of the American Psychological Association for undergraduate programs in psychology.

PNW helps me Power Onward with the amount of help available at the university, whether it be clubs, tutoring options, or one-on-one time with professors.

Breona Keys, ’22, Psychology

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My education at PNW has taught me how to work independently.

McKenna Haynes
Psychology, ’21

As a single working mother, the flexibility and support I received from my advisor and professors was invaluable. Purdue Northwest surely empowered me to become the professional I am today.

Nanda Danitschek
Executive Director, Stepping Stone Shelter for Women

My professors at PNW have been extremely encouraging and helped me in so many ways on my path to graduation. I received incredible support.

Megan Vietor
Psychology, North Judson

All of the organizations, activities, and events at PNW aided in my personal development as an academic. They have contributed to my success by providing a plethora of diverse experiences for me to draw from when considering my future goals.

John Surza
Psychology, Highland

Meet the Faculty

Christina Ragan

Christina M. Ragan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Christina Ragan is an Assistant Professor of Psychology. Her teaching focuses on biology-based Psychology courses and her research is on the neurobiology of stress, anxiety, and maternal behaviors.

John Spores

John Michael Spores, Ph.D., J.D.

Professor of Psychology

Primarily teach statistics and research methods, along with many clinically applied courses such as psychotherapy, personality psychology, and abnormal psychology.

Kimberly Brunt

Kimberly L. Brunt, Ph.D., H.S.P.P.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Brunt is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology and Psychology Internship Coordinator in Westville. Dr. Brunt is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who sees patients at AOBHC in Munster, IN

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