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Psychology students now have updated and expanded classroom and research facilities in the new Nancy and G. Timothy Johnson Center for Science and Community Life, a 101,000-square-foot facility equipped with 30 state-of-the-art labs and technology-enhanced classrooms. Built to meet LEED-certification standards for environmental responsibility, and to promote innovative and cooperative learning, the Johnson Center is the hub of scientific life at North Park and a stunning addition to the campus community.  

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Why Study Psychology?

If you have a desire to understand human behavior and improve the health and well being of others, psychology will provide insight into the mind and behavior while developing your skills in critical thinking, effective oral and written communication, research and statistical proficiency, and problem solving.

Psychology will prepare you for graduate school or a career in counseling, advertising, social work, human resources, allied health, market research, and more.

Why Choose North Park University

Why North Park?

North Park focuses on the application of psychology as a science and a profession—providing rigorous training in scientific research techniques while teaching you to apply scientific principles and practices in the real world. Our diverse, urban setting complements the psychological concepts of understanding, serving, and improving the lives of others. Students will integrate hands-on learning, internship, and service opportunities with small group discussions that incorporate issues of faith, ethics, and culture to provide a more holistic understanding of all individuals.

Careers and Graduate School

Many psychology majors pursue careers and graduate study in counseling, social work, school psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology. Recent North Park graduates have attended Boston College, Northwestern University, Washington University of St. Louis, University of Minnesota, Loyola University Chicago, and University of Pittsburgh.


North Park partners with many Chicago nonprofits, schools, hospitals, businesses, and social service agencies to offer internship opportunities. Our students have worked and learned at organizations including Jumpstart, Chicago Public Schools, Swedish Covenant and Ravenswood Covenant Hospitals, Chicago Counseling Center, Lydia House, Cornerstone Counseling Center, Tuesdays Child, and Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Alumni Profile

The psychology program gave Anna Marshall C’07 freedom to explore different areas of the discipline and find out what was most interesting to her, along with training in practical, professional skills. She now uses her degree, along with a desire to help people, to work with autistic children.

Learn more about Anna.

Anna Marshall, Psychology alumnus
Meet the Faculty

Dr. Elizabeth Gray

A strong proponent of good teaching and the liberal arts, Dr. Gray believes a psychology major at North Park will prepare students for a career and for life.

Learn more about Dr. Gray and the psychology faculty.

Elizabeth Gray
Ongoing Research

Psychology faculty conduct and direct various research on campus, including one project that looks at how infants and toddlers learn language.

Learn more about the Baby Lab.

Pre-professional Preparation

Prepare for graduate or professional programs in medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, or social work with relevant coursework, internships, and research opportunities in the psychology major. In both the major or one of our pre-professional tracks, our expert faculty will advise you on how to get the experience you need to be a standout among applicants for your chosen graduate program. Learn more.