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Psychology at a glance

North Central’s Psychology major will prepare you with the theoretical framework, critical thinking skills, field experience, applicable knowledge, and Christian perspective you need to pursue graduate school or a career in the field. Through courses in psychopathology, personality, psychotherapy, and physiological psychology, you’ll explore the human mind and the scientific explanations for behavior as you pursue your calling to help others improve their lives.

What sets us apart

North Central hosts a chapter of the International Honor Society in Psychology.
Psi Chi

Psi Chi is an international honor society for psychology students.

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Pursue excellence in Psi Chi

Psi Chi is an international honor society whose purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.

Founded in 1929, Psi Chi is the largest student psychological organization, with over 600,000 members. By joining Psi Chi, you’ll be connected with an extensive network of fellow students and established scholars in the field.

Learn more about Psi Chi.

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Gain hands-on training and real-world experience in an internship.

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Gain practical experience and make valuable connections

An internship is a required part of the Psychology program at North Central University, and you’ll find that our unique location in the heart of Minneapolis offers many opportunities for internships that will prepare you to accomplish your career goals.

There are many benefits to participating in an internship. You gain hands-on experience, make valuable contacts within the field, increase your potential for graduate school acceptance, and learn new skills through real-world training.

You can contact the administrative assistant for the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences for more information about internships and internship sites. Feel free to set up an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss your internship interests, internship possibilities, internship requirements, and to receive the internship syllabus.

Here are some possible internship sites:

  • ACR Homes
  • American Red Cross
  • Center for Solutions
  • Children’s Home Society & Family Services
  • Dakota Boys & Girls Ranch
  • Dakota Valley Psychologists
  • Denver Rescue Mission
  • Domestic Abuse Services Center
  • Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
  • EMERGE Ministries
  • Fairview Recovery Services
  • Heartland Boys Home
  • Hennepin County Foster Care
  • Hennepin County Juvenile Probation
  • Irondale High School
  • Minnesota Teen Challenge
  • Minnetonka Lifecare Center
  • Recovery Plus
  • Regions Hospital
  • River Valley Psychological Services
  • St. Louis Park Counseling Clinic
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Join the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences Facebook Group

Students, faculty, and alumni of NCU’s School of Social & Behavioral Sciences connect through the Social and Behavioral Sciences Facebook Group. You can join the group to get news, find upcoming events, see what others are doing, and learn about job openings.

  • Skills you’ll gain

    When you graduate from the Psychology program, you’ll be prepared to:

    • Understand and apply key psychological theories, principles, and themes
    • Design, conduct, and interpret psychological research
    • Use critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgements
    • Apply ethics to psychological practice
    • Build and enhance relationships
    • Continue learning and growing as your pursue career goals
    • Integrate psychology and Christian theology
  • Potential careers

    Our graduates succeed in a variety of jobs and careers. Here are some possibilities:

    • Mental health psychologist
    • Educational psychologist
    • School psychologist
    • Social worker
    • Parole officer
    • Counselor
    • Psychology professor
    • Organizational psychologists
    • School psychologists
    • Speech pathologists
    • Behavior therapists
  • Minors & supporting programs

    We want you to be well-rounded and well-prepared when you graduate, so you’ll have the opportunity to choose a minor or supporting program so you can explore another area of interest. Here are some possibilities:

    • Alcohol & Drug Counseling
    • Children & Family Ministries
    • Intercultural Studies
    • Leadership Development
    • Sociology
    • Urban Studies
    • Youth Ministries

    See the full list of minors and supporting programs.

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Graduate Student, Rosemead School of Psychology (Biola University)

Jesika Austad '14
La Mirada, CA

"I enjoyed the academic and spiritual nature of the courses and the classroom at NCU. Being with peers and professors who were passionate about both the field of Psychology and Jesus Christ was a unique and formative experience."


All students must complete the General Education Core and Christian Studies Core. General electives may be added or an optional minor may be selected. You need 124 total credit hours to complete the Psychology degree.

Meet one of your professors

Faculty Ronald Jewett


Dr. Ronald Jewett

Dean, School of Social & Behavioral Sciences

The time I spent in the U.S. Air Force as an addictions counselor, I learned about teamwork and the importance of the mission. People are important, and the mission is primary.

What are your areas of expertise?

Psychology, Sociology, and more

What do you love about teaching at North Central?

The faculty, staff, and students are marvelous people. I have worked for many organizations, including the military, and I would not want to be with any other group of people. People can and do grow spiritually here.

What are your favorite classes to teach?

Physiological Psychology, Pharmacology for Chemical Dependency Counselors, and General Psychology.