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Psychology

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.

Faculty 

Information Request Form

Contact:

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


Clubs

Psychology Club

Psi Chi


Student Spotlight
Alicia Green, Enid, OK, Senior

Alicia Green

"A degree in Psychology has taught me patience, understanding, and empathy for other people. I love learning about different theories of Psychology and cannot wait til I am able to use those theories in Graduate school and eventually in my career as a counselor. The best part of the Psychology department at Northwestern is the teachers. They really care about their students and their students’ success. They are passionate about psychology and teaching. My time here has been amazing."

Degrees Offered

Bachelor's Degrees

Psychology

Minors

Psychology
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

Education

  • 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

Scholarships

Scholarship opportunities are available for students in this department.

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 using the Continuing Student Scholarship Application.

For departmental scholarships you will need to fill out a form provided by the department chair by February 15.  

Psychology Scholarship Form can be found by clicking here

Departmental scholarships available in this area and more can be found at https://my.nwfoundation.com/scholarships, including numerous miscellaneous unspecified scholarships.

For more information, please visit Scholarships.

Student Learning Outcomes

Knowledge Base of Psychology 

SLO 1: Students will defferentiate major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical finding, and historical trends in psychology. 

Research Methods in Psychology

SLO 2: Students will appraise basic research methods in psychology, including formulation of research design, appraisal of data analysis, and provide interpretation. 

Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology

SLO 3: Students will examine and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to problem-solving.

Application of Psychology

SLO 4: Students will apply psychological priniciples to personal, social, and organizational issues.  

Student Learning Outcomes - MCP

Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice

SLO 1:  Students will examine basic counseling theories within the counseling profession, and establish a theoretical framework to utilize with diverse client populations.

SLO 2:  Students are responsible for displaying ethical professionalism by demonstrating knowledge of ethical codes, legal statutes, professional organizations, and licensing standards.

SLO 3:  Students will demonstrate techniques and therapeutic approaches used in counseling to assess human behavior, pathology, and addiction. 

Social and Cultural Diversity

SLO 4:  Students will evaluate and demonstrate knowledge and self-awareness of diverse populations and cultural context.

SLO 5:  Students will examine theories and models of multicultural counseling, cultural identity development, social justice, and advocacy. 

Human Growth and Development

SLO 6:  Students will demonstrate knowledge of theories of human growth and development by evaluating biological, developmental, and environmental factors that impact the life-span. 

Assessment and Testing

SLO 7:  Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of standardized methods of client assessment/evaluation used in counseling by administering, interpreting, and analyzing various tests.

Research and Program Evaluation

SLO 8:  Students will analyze, interpret, and implement empirical research as it impacts the counseling field.

SLO 9:  Students will design research studies 

Student Learning Outcomes - MGP

Social and Cultural Diversity

SLO 4:  Students will evaluate and demonstrate knowledge and self-awareness of diverse populations and cultural context.

SLO 5:  Students will examine theories and models of multicultural counseling, cultural identity development, social justice, and advocacy.

Human Growth and Development

SLO 6:  Students will demonstrate knowledge of theories of human growth and development by evaluating biological, developmental, and environmental factors that impact the life-span. 

Assessment and Testing

SLO 7:  Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of standardized methods of client assessment/evaluation used in psychology by evaluating, interpreting, and analyzing various tests.

Research and Program Evaluation

SLO 8:  Students will analyze, interpret, and implement empirical research as it impacts the psychology field.

SLO 9:  Students will author a final thesis or capstone project.

Grief and Bereavement Certificate

GRIEF AND BEREAVEMENT CERTIFICATE

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

30 hours

Completely Online

 

PSYC 3163 Motivation and Emotion

PSYC 3253 Foundations of Grief and Bereavement

PSYC 3533 Grief in Children and Teens

PSYC 3553 Diversity Issues in Death, Grief and Bereavement

PSYC 4052 Current and Critical Topics in Death and Loss

PSYC 4173 Positive Psychology

PSYC 4263 Palliative and Hospice Care

PSYC 3412 Child Guidance

PSYC 3512 Adolescent Guidance

PSYC 4123 Psychotherapy

 

For more information contact:          Dr. Leigh Kirby

                                                          ltkirby@nwosu.edu

                                                          508-213-3136

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Phone: (580) 327-1700

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