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The Psychology Department at NWOSU offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with minors in Sports Psychology, Grief and Bereavement, Substance Abuse and General Psychology. The program has in place a comprehensive Student Success Plan that is designed to provide students with the necessary tools to take ownership of their learning and achieve success in the program and in life.

The department also offers a Master of General Psychology and a Master of Counseling Psychology with tracks in Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. The program currently is being aligned for CACREP Accreditation in the near future.

In addition to these programs, the Psychology Department offers a Certificate in Grief and Bereavement. The certificate is available for anyone who would like this certification, and it is offered online. Students taking the minor in Grief and Bereavement can receive the certificate concurrently.


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Dr. Leigh Kirby
Instructor of Psychology
Interim Chair, Psychology Department
Northwestern - Enid 114
Phone: (580) 213-3136 


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Degrees Offered

Bachelor's Degrees



Exercise and Sports Psychology
Grief and Bereavement
Substance Abuse

Master's Degrees

Master of Counseling Psychology
Master of General Psychology

For a detailed look at the course requirements and descriptions for these degrees, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.

Careers for Degree

Should I Major in Psychology?

Major in Psychology to:

  • Signal an interest in people and interpersonal skills
  • Work in human services
  • Continue in a Psychology-related graduate field
  • Plan a career requiring people skills
  • Develop quantitative and research skills

My Parents Want to Know:

Will I be able to get a job with a bachelor's degree in Psychology?

  • Nationally, less than 5 percent of Psychology majors report being unemployed
  •  It may not be in a field directly related to Psychology

Will I make any money?

  • Yes, but not as much as in some other majors such as engineering.  Jobs tend to be in public service areas.

How to Check Psychology Out

  • Talk to some people who are majoring in Psychology
  • Talk to Psychology instructors
  • Take some Psychology classes as a part of your general education requirements
  • Check out career services early
  • Talk to professionals in the field of Psychology

Questions to Ask Yourself

  • Do I like to work with people?
  • Can I work with people who have problems?
  • Is a Psychology major needed to reach my goal?
  • How about the money?
  • How do I know I will stay interested?

Some Jobs Held by Psychology Majors

Community and Social Services

  • Human Services Worker

  • Program Director

  • Volunteer Coordinator

Human Resources

  • Employee Development

  • Training Coordinator

  • Recruiter

Residential Care

  • For Developmentally Delayed

  • For Delinquents

  • For the Elderly

Management and Business

  • Banking

  • Sales

  • Public Relations

  • Restaurant and Hotel

Student Affairs/Services

  • Admissions

  • Career Services

  • Residential Life

  • Student Activities

  • Alumni/Development

Probation/Parole/Law Enforcement

  • Parole Officer

  • Correction Officer

  • Juvenile Intake Worker


  • Child Care Worker

  • Peace Corps

  • Teacher's Aide

Scientific Research

  • Opinion Survey Researcher

Source:  Morgan, B., & Korschgen, A. (2001) Majoring in Psych? Career options for psychology undergraduates (2nd ed.) Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Course Rotation

Course Rotation

Plans of Study

Plans of Study



All incoming freshmen or transfers are encouraged to fill out the Scholarship Application for Freshmen and Transfers, which should be submitted along with the Application for Admission to the University. The incoming freshman deadline is May 15, while the transfer student deadline is July 15.

Current students have until March 15 for academic scholarships and February 15 for departmental scholarships. Please use the Continuing Student Scholarship Application.

For departmental scholarships you will need to fill out both the Continuing Student form and one provided by the department chair.

For more information, please visit Scholarships.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes - MCP

Student Learning Outcomes - MGP

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