Northwestern State University’s Department of Psychology offers a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Addiction Studies and a Master of Science in Psychology.
The bachelor’s in psychology offers students the flexibility to gain an overall understanding of the field or specialize in several areas. Students in addiction studies will be prepared to join one of the fastest growing job fields. The master’s program provides training for students entering the workforce or going on to a doctoral program. The department has a diverse faculty with backgrounds in clinical and counseling psychology.
There is great demand for graduates with psychology degrees. Employers need people with communication skills; the ability to collect, organize, analyze and interpret data; and an understanding of human behavior. Psychology graduates may work in human resources or communications, while further education will open paths toward clinical practice and research.
The department offers a minor (21-semester credit hours) in psychology and a minor (18-semester credit hours) in addiction studies. Interested students may also earn a concentration, which is the academic requirement for substance abuse counseling or prevention specialist.