Psychology, B.A.

The Psychology Program is for students who are interested in human behavior. This program prepares students to use psychological concepts and theories, and provides a foundation for working in community or business settings as well as for graduate study. Students may apply their knowledge to a number of settings, including community and private mental health centers and the business sector.

Program Details:

  • Requires 180 QH, including 60 QH of General Education, for completion 
  • Requires 25 QH of upper level coursework in Psychology
  • 25 QH of upper level required courses in Psychology must be taken at NLU
  • Requires a minimum grade of “C” in general education courses, required courses in Psychology and program concentration courses
  • Requires ECT – English Competency Test OR completing LAE 101 and LAE 102 at NLU with a grade of “C” or better
  • Credit by examination and credit by proficiency are accepted for general education and elective credit
  • Requires a concentration in General Psychology, Developmental Psychology or Organizational/Community Psychology

Required Courses

Communications

LAE101English Composition I

LAE102English Composition II

Humanities

One Philosophy course and one Humanities course. The courses below are recommended:

LAH110Introduction to Philosophy

LAH120Logic and Effective Thinking

LAH305Philosophy of Values and Ethics

LAH325Death, Dying and Near-Death Experiences--Implications in Health Care

Fine Arts

One Fine Arts course

Quantitative Reasoning/Math

LAM110College Mathematics: Application of Mathematical Ideas

and

LAM106Basic Statistics

or

LAM216Statistical Methods

Physical and Life Sciences

One Physical Science course and the required course below

LAN110General Biology

Note: One course must have a lab.

Social Sciences

One introductory Social Science course and one U.S. History course. The courses below are recommended:

LAS105Introduction to Sociology

or

LAS110Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

or

LAS115Introduction to Economics

or

LAS118Introduction to Politics

or

LAS120Introduction to American Politics

and

LAS200U.S. History and Culture: 1492-1828

or

LAS201U.S. History and Culture: 1828-1898

or

LAS203U.S. History and Culture: 1898-Present

Behavioral Science

LAP100General Psychology

Program Core - 50 QH

LAP315Lifespan Development

LAP305Memory and Cognition

or

LAP401Psychology of Learning

LAP306Theories of Personality

LAP307Abnormal Psychology

INT310Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences

or

LAP402Experimental Psychology

LAP350Culture and Self

LAP330Social Psychology

LAP425Mental Health

LAP450Human Sexuality

LAP499Psychology Seminar

or

LAP403History and Systems of Psychology

Electives - 40 QH

Choose 40 QH of elective courses. Liberal Arts courses are preferred.

General Psychology Concentration

Choose 30 QH from the courses below:

LAP200Psychology of Development in the Infant/Toddler Years

LAP201Psychology of Early Childhood

LAP202Psychology of Middle Childhood and Adolescence

LAP300Adult Development and Learning Assessment

LAP303Introduction to Psycholinguistics

LAP305Memory and Cognition

LAP310Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology

LAP320Psychological Assessment of the Young Child--Part I

LAP321Psychological Assessment of the Young Child--Part II

LAP325Psychology of Play and Therapeutic Applications

LAP340Effective Interpersonal Relationships

LAP342Interpersonal Helping Skills

LAP348Cross-Cultural Communication

LAP352Children and Families under Stress

LAP401Psychology of Learning

LAP403History and Systems of Psychology

LAP408Introduction to Community Psychology

LAP411Psychology of Exceptional Children and Adolescents

LAP441Psychology of Artistic Expression

LAP442Interpersonal Development

LAP443Managing Interpersonal Communication in Organizations

LAP451Industrial Psychology

LAP490Independent Study in Psychology

LAP495Special Topics in Psychology

LAP499Psychology Seminar

Note: A maximum of two courses may be Independent Study or Special Topic courses, chosen with advisor approval.

Developmental Psychology Concentration

Choose 30 QH from the courses below:

LAP200Psychology of Development in the Infant/Toddler Years

LAP201Psychology of Early Childhood

LAP202Psychology of Middle Childhood and Adolescence

LAP300Adult Development and Learning Assessment

LAP303Introduction to Psycholinguistics

LAP320Psychological Assessment of the Young Child--Part I

LAP321Psychological Assessment of the Young Child--Part II

LAP325Psychology of Play and Therapeutic Applications

LAP411Psychology of Exceptional Children and Adolescents

LAP441Psychology of Artistic Expression

LAP442Interpersonal Development

LAP490Independent Study in Psychology

LAP495Special Topics in Psychology

Note: A maximum of two courses may be Independent Study or Special Topic courses, chosen with advisor approval.

Organizational Psychology Concentration

Choose 30 QH from the courses below:

LAP200Psychology of Development in the Infant/Toddler Years

INT310Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences

LAP310Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology

LAP320Psychological Assessment of the Young Child--Part I

LAP321Psychological Assessment of the Young Child--Part II

LAP340Effective Interpersonal Relationships

LAP342Interpersonal Helping Skills

LAP348Cross-Cultural Communication

LAP352Children and Families under Stress

LAP402Experimental Psychology

LAP408Introduction to Community Psychology

LAP442Interpersonal Development

LAP443Managing Interpersonal Communication in Organizations

LAP451Industrial Psychology

LAP490Independent Study in Psychology

LAP495Special Topics in Psychology

Note: A maximum of two courses may be Independent Study or Special Topic courses, chosen with advisor approval.