professional studies

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Great Northern University trains students to critically examine human behavior and contributing mental processes. This major equips students with the right tools to progress toward a career in social services, mental health, counseling, or psychiatry.

This program is highly beneficial for anyone who desires to gain a better understanding of how mental processes (nature versus nurture, personality, theories on motivation and methods, etc.) contribute to the human experience. Students will explore scientific research on mental health (environmental and genetic factors), develop speaking and conversational skills to enhance problem-solving abilities, and discuss psychology in social, cultural, and professional contexts.

The Psychology major has several concentrations, including Biblical Counseling and School Counseling. The Biblical Counseling concentration trains students toward work as leaders and ministers with counseling roles in church and para-church settings. The School Counseling concentration prepares students with skills to work in school counseling settings at elementary, middle, and high school levels. However, as with all of Great Northern University’s programs, our flexible curriculum allows you to customize your degree to your future career goals. 

Biblical Counseling Suggested Plan

School Counseling Suggested Plan

What Can I Do with a Psychology Degree?

  • Criminal Justice
  • Human Factors Specialist
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Guidance Counselor/Career Adviser
  • Victim Advocate

Sample Core Courses

Fundamental Theories of Cognition

This course introduces basic concepts in cognitive psychology with a focus on theoretical explanations of cognitive functioning.  Topics include perception, attention, memory, concepts, language, visual cognition, executive functions, and reasoning processes.

Social Psychology

Social Psychology provides an introduction and broad overview of the major theories and findings within social psychology, which is the scientific study of the way people think about, feel, and behave in social situations.

Developmental Psychology

The study of mental, physical, social, and emotional development from birth through the end of life.  The course emphasizes major aspects of psychological development through the life span.

Introduction to Personality and Affective Science

Delay of gratification and impulse control, moral reasoning, biological and cultural predispositions, affective influences on cognitive processes, and self-regulation of emotions are some of the topics explored in this course.

Ethics in Psychology

Investigates areas of convergence and distinction between ethical systems of the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, and American Counseling Association, Biblical Integration of ethics in areas of psychology are carefully considered.

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