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Rachel Hayes, Ph.D., Department Chair
Acklie Hall of Science, 226-G
Lincoln, NE 68504
rhayes [at] nebrwesleyan.edu (rhayes[at]nebrwesleyan[dot]edu)
As a Psychology major at NWU, you’ll study the most fascinating thing on the planet: the human mind. It’s about understanding how we behave. How we learn. How we make decisions and cope with their consequences.
NWU Psychology is also about how we serve. How we care for ourselves. Our families. Our neighbors. Our patients.
If the idea of understanding ideas makes you excited, then a NWU Psychology degree is for you. This is the campus for your curiosity. Your research. Your service. And your ideas.
Get amazing results.
Four out of five NWU psychology majors go immediately into graduate school or psychology-related careers after graduation. They study in top programs like the Chicago School of Psychology, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), and the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Our majors regularly present their research to groups like the Midwestern Psychological Association. And they publish work in media like the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research and the Journal of Psychological Inquiry.
You can study how people learn through the X-treme Rat Challenge, a psychology project where students train rats to compete in athletic events. (ESPN, Modern Marvels and NPR have all covered this fun and unique NWU Psychology tradition.)
NWU Psychology has professors with a wide variety of specialties, giving you an excellent range of teachers and researchers to work with. That includes a social psychologist who has studied romantic attraction and a behavioral neuroscientist who plays drums in a rock band and researches how wilderness experiences impact creativity.
Xtreme Rat Challenge
NWU psychology students in the Basic Learning Principles class train a rat for their final demonstration project for the hugely popular Xtreme Rat Challenge.