Psychology at NIU
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Understand thoughts and actions to help change lives.

We want to understand the world and our place in it. We're constantly processing information from our senses, trying to figure it out. It's a complicated process, and issues can arise when our minds don't connect smoothly with our bodies or surroundings. By studying psychology, you'll gain insight into peoples' thoughts and behaviors and help improve their lives.

I am majoring in psychology and minoring in communicative disorders and cognitive science. I chose these areas of study because I want to understand how the human mind works in order to help people communicate.

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This program is also available at the University Center at McHenry County College and Harper College.

What Can I Do With a Psychology Degree From NIU?

Our graduates begin careers in a variety of settings, including education, business, government, research and mental health organizations. You'll also be prepared for graduate school, setting you up for a future as a professional psychologist.

Top skills reported by alumni:

  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Research
  • Strategic planning

Top fields alumni work in:

  • Education
  • Health care
  • Nonprofit
  • Services


Career Potential for NIU Psychology Majors

Average mid-career salary:


Top employers include:

  • Advocate Aurora Health
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Northwestern Medicine
  • State of Illinois
  • Rosecrance

Job titles include:

  • Human resources manager
  • Licensed professional counselor
  • School psychologist
  • Talent acquisition manager
  • Therapist

Source: Steppingblocks, 2023

What to Expect as an Psychology Major at NIU

You can study widely in the field or focus on a specific area of psychology:

  • Child/developmental psychology
  • Clinical psychology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Industrial-organizational psychology
  • Neuroscience and behavioral psychology
  • Social psychology

You'll also engage in research by designing a study, conducting data analyses and writing/presenting a report.

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How We’ll Help You Succeed

Apply for free and we’ll automatically consider you for a renewable merit scholarship.

Earn your bachelor’s degree fast with our affordable tuition and fees. Any credit hours you take over 12 are free (per semester).

Prepare to thrive after graduation with personalized support from Career Services.

With our truth-in-tuition policy, you’ll get the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years, whether you live in Illinois or another state.

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First-year Students

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Transfer Students


2.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed general NIU admission.


3.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed a
renewable merit scholarship

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