Psychology - COAS

Welcome to the IU Northwest Department of Psychology

Statement of Support for Students of Color

 The members of the Indiana University Northwest Department of Psychology declare that we stand in solidarity with our students of color and will take the following actions to demonstrate our support:

  • We commit to lifelong learning in the pursuit of racial and cultural competence and place emphasis on self-awareness, humility, empathy, and open discussion.
  • We will work to recognize and call out injustice in professional and personal settings.
  • We will stay mindful of implicit biases and will work to mitigate our own implicit biases, especially within our own teaching, research, and supervisory settings.
  • We will research and implement strategies to encourage better retention and graduation success for students of color.
  • We acknowledge that systemic racism exists in academia and affirm that we will take what we learn to administration, faculty governance, and other educational platforms in order to change the status quo.

This list is not comprehensive and is just the beginning of the actions we are taking in order to be better allies and change agents in the pursuit of social justice. We understand we still have much to learn. If you are a student or alumnus/a of color and would feel comfortable sharing your experiences in our classes or other educational settings, we would like to gather feedback individually or in small groups in order to improve the experiences for all of our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) students (please contact Dr. Rutherford at if you are interested). Alternatively, you are also welcome to share your experiences here anonymously:


Psychology is a science that deals with mental processes and behavior.

Psychological scientists study topics such as the structure and function of the brain, perception, learning, memory, thinking, personality, and psychological disorders.

A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Psychology curriculum enables students to 1) think scientifically about behavior and mental processes, 2) appreciate and respect individual differences, and 3) pursue a variety of post-baccalaureate alternatives, including enrollment in graduate or professional school or employment in social service agencies, business, and industry.

Coursework aims to teach students to evaluate research methods, research designs, and statistics; to distinguish theories and findings based on evidence from those without such support; to speak and write effectively about psychology; and to understand how the study of psychology helps individuals make their community a better place.

Both the B.A. and B.S. degrees in psychology provide students with a rigorous general background in psychology that prepares students for entry into psychology graduate programs.  The B.S. degree is designed for students who wish to prepare for health-related professional graduate programs such as medicine, dentistry or physical therapy.  The more extensive requirements in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics have been selected to optimize the student's preparation for these health-related graduate programs.

Program Highlights

The department offers a wide variety of courses in all areas of psychology. Historically, students completing these courses have done exceedingly well on national achievement tests. Students are able to engage in collaborative or independent study with faculty members. Over the past five years, dozens of students have taken advantage of this opportunity. Many have presented their research at student and professional meetings and some have won student research competitions.

What Can I Do With a B.A./B.S. in Psychology

B.A. and B.S. degree recipients find employment in social service agencies, personnel, sales, and various capacities in many different organizations. A career as a psychologist requires graduate training, at least at the master's level. Entry to doctoral programs is highly competitive, but the doctoral degree provides many possibilities for careers in service, research, and/or teaching. Some psychology students also go on to medical school. For more information on careers, please see the Career Information Tool.

Hands-On Learning

Students can earn academic credit by working in community settings through the department's Cooperative Work Experience course. Popular community settings include prisons, mental health agencies and nursing centers. In addition, students who wish to prepare for doctoral education can participate in faculty research in a variety of areas such as language, health, child development, and human learning.

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Psychology at IU Northwest!