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

LAE 101English Composition I

5

LAE 102English Composition II

5

Humanities

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

LAH 110Introduction to Philosophy

5

LAH 120Logic and Effective Thinking

5

LAH 305Philosophy of Values and Ethics

5

LAH 325Death, Dying and Near-Death Experiences

5

Fine Arts

One Fine Arts course

Quantitative Reasoning/Math

LAM 110College Mathematics: Application of Mathematical Ideas

5

and

LAM 106Basic Statistics

5

or

LAM 216Statistical Methods

5

Physical and Life Sciences

One Physical Science course and the required course below

LAN 110General Biology

5

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:

LAS 105Introduction to Sociology

5

or

LAS 110Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

5

or

LAS 115Introduction to Economics

5

or

LAS 118Introduction to Politics

5

or

LAS 120Introduction to American Politics

5

and

LAS 200U.S. History and Culture: 1492-1828

5

or

LAS 201U.S. History and Culture: 1828-1898

5

or

LAS 203U.S. History and Culture: 1898-Present

5

Behavioral Science

LAP 100General Psychology

5

Program Core - 50 QH

LAP 315Lifespan Development

5

LAP 305Memory and Cognition

5

or

LAP 401Psychology of Learning

5

LAP 306Theories of Personality

5

LAP 307Abnormal Psychology

5

INT 310Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences

5

or

LAP 402Research Methods

5

LAP 350Culture and Self

5

LAP 330Social Psychology

5

LAP 425Mental Health

3 OR 5

LAP 450Human Sexuality

3 OR 5

LAP 499Psychology Seminar

5

or

LAP 403History and Systems of Psychology

3 OR 5

Note: All courses must be taken for 5 quarter hours.

Electives - 40 QH

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

General Psychology Concentration - 30 QH

Choose 30 QH from the courses below:

LAP 200Psychology of Development in the Infant/Toddler Years

5

LAP 201Psychology of Early Childhood

5

LAP 202Psychology of Middle Childhood and Adolescence

5

LAP 300Adult Development and Learning Assessment

5

LAP 303Introduction to Psycholinguistics

5

LAP 305Memory and Cognition

5

LAP 310Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology

5

LAP 320Psychological Assessment of the Young Child--Part I

2

LAP 321Psychological Assessment of the Young Child--Part II

3

LAP 325Psychology of Play and Therapeutic Applications

5

LAP 340Effective Interpersonal Relationships

5

LAP 342Interpersonal Helping Skills

5

LAP 348Cross-Cultural Communication

5

LAP 352Children and Families under Stress

5

LAP 401Psychology of Learning

5

LAP 403History and Systems of Psychology

3 OR 5

LAP 408Introduction to Community Psychology

5

LAP 441Psychology of Artistic Expression

3 OR 5

LAP 442Interpersonal Development

3 OR 5

LAP 490Independent Study in Psychology

1 TO 5

LAP 495Special Topics in Psychology

2 TO 5

LAP 499Psychology Seminar

5

Notes: If selected, LAP 403, LAP 441 and LAP 442 must be taken for 5 quarter hours. A maximum of two courses may be Independent Study or Special Topic courses, chosen with advisor approval.

Developmental Psychology Concentration - 30 QH

Choose 30 QH from the courses below:

LAP 200Psychology of Development in the Infant/Toddler Years

5

LAP 201Psychology of Early Childhood

5

LAP 202Psychology of Middle Childhood and Adolescence

5

LAP 300Adult Development and Learning Assessment

5

LAP 303Introduction to Psycholinguistics

5

LAP 320Psychological Assessment of the Young Child--Part I

2

LAP 321Psychological Assessment of the Young Child--Part II

3

LAP 325Psychology of Play and Therapeutic Applications

5

LAP 441Psychology of Artistic Expression

3 OR 5

LAP 442Interpersonal Development

3 OR 5

LAP 490Independent Study in Psychology

1 TO 5

LAP 495Special Topics in Psychology

2 TO 5

Notes: If selected, LAP 441 and LAP 442 must be taken for 5 quarter hours. A maximum of two courses may be Independent Study or Special Topic courses, chosen with advisor approval.

Organizational Psychology Concentration - 30 QH

Choose 30 QH from the courses below:

LAP 200Psychology of Development in the Infant/Toddler Years

5

INT 310Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences

5

LAP 310Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology

5

LAP 320Psychological Assessment of the Young Child--Part I

2

LAP 321Psychological Assessment of the Young Child--Part II

3

LAP 340Effective Interpersonal Relationships

5

LAP 342Interpersonal Helping Skills

5

LAP 348Cross-Cultural Communication

5

LAP 352Children and Families under Stress

5

LAP 402Research Methods

5

LAP 408Introduction to Community Psychology

5

LAP 442Interpersonal Development

3 OR 5

LAP 490Independent Study in Psychology

1 TO 5

LAP 495Special Topics in Psychology

2 TO 5

Notes: If selected, LAP 402 and LAP 442 must be taken for 5 quarter hours. A maximum of two courses may be Independent Study or Special Topic courses, chosen with advisor approval.