Everything You Need to Know About a Psychology Major 

Have you always wondered about the “why” and the “how” behind the human experience? Psychology—the scientific study of the mind and behavior—encompasses all aspects of humanity, from brain functions to political actions, or from the development of a child to caring for the elderly. 

At North Greenville University, we offer two concentrations in the psychology program: general psychology and counseling psychology. Our program prepares students to pursue a variety of psychology disciplines and gain admission to competitive graduate programs to continue their education.    Graduates of NGU’s psychology program who choose the counseling track are well prepared for a graduate degree in counseling and/or social work. The counseling track is also designed to acquaint students of other disciplines to better understand human behavior. NGU is distinctive in its approach to psychology in that all courses offered are taught from a Christian worldview.  All psychology majors are required to take the Introduction to counseling course. Most students majoring in psychology choose the counseling track; therefore, several courses are counseling specific, i.e. Introduction to Counseling, Dynamics of Small Group Interaction, Premarital and Marital Counseling, Grief and Loss Counseling, Addictive Disorders, and Applied Behavior Analysis.    

Because of our faith-based learning environment, you will learn how to integrate your practice of psychology with your Christian beliefs. You’ll also receive personal and individualized attention and support from six full-time faculty members, all holding unique educational and training backgrounds in psychology, counseling, social work, and sociology. 

What do students learn in psychology? 

When you pursue a degree in psychology, you learn how to: 

  • Study cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behavior 
  • Assess the legitimacy of individual behavior claims 
  • Understand and predict individual and group behaviors 
  • Develop insights into problematic behaviors 
  • Understand how memory and learning function 

You’ll also gain skills such as: 

  • Academic writing and presentation 
  • Analytical and critical thinking 
  • Abstract reasonings
  • Communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Statistical analysis techniques 
  • Research skills, including data collection and analysis, synthesizing and inferring information, completing literature reviews, and designing and conducting research 

What classes are offered to psychology students?    

  • Introductory psychology 
  • Experimentation and statistics 
  • Clinical psychology 
  • Behavioral neuroscience 
  • Interdisciplinary psychology 
  • Educational psychology 
  • Foundations of Christian Psychology 
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) 
  • Marriage and the Family 
  • Positive Psychology 
  • Social Psychology 
  • Psychology of Aging 
  • Psychology of Health and Illness 
  • Research Methods 
  • Applied Research 
  • Abnormal Psychology 

What types of students enroll for psychology classes? 

The discipline is a possibility for students who: 

  • Wish to extend their education in the liberal arts that has a focus in psychology/counseling i.e. doctoral degree in counseling, clinical or school psychology 
  • Are interested in assisting others through counseling, research or other forms of guidance 
  • Enjoy studying and researching how the mind works and influences human behavior 
  • Have an interest in social work, human relations, church-related family ministry 

Learn more about studying psychology at NGU. Students that graduate with a B.S. degree in Psychology are well prepared for graduate school. Those students not desiring a graduate degree are well prepared for life experiences regardless of their chosen vocation.   


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