North Central College - Naperville, IL


Why choose psychology at North Central College?

You’ll explore your interests while gaining valuable hands-on experience when our dedicated faculty work with you on individualized projects. You’ll collect on-campus data at our Schwab Psychology Research Center, and you’re bound to find the perfect off-campus internship—or two or three—among the hundreds of social service agencies and businesses nearby.

You can also:

  • Present findings of your original research at regional and national psychology conferences.
  • Apply for a Richter Grant which equips you to travel anywhere in the world your studies take you.
  • Use your senior seminar to explore topics such as eating disorders, bullying, illusions, memory disorders, persuasion and humor.
  • Join Psi Chi—the international honor society in psychology.
  • Join the Psychology club - open to all majors and minors in psychology. 

To learn more about experiences and opportunities here at North Central College as a psychology major, click here.


Amanda Szabo ’17
Research that Amanda Szabo ’17 helped conduct was published in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association monthly news magazine NATA News.
Neuroscience students Madison Cromwell ’17, Zachary Orban ’18 and Adam Lundquist ’16 presented separate research projects in San Diego.
North Central College students showcase their talents in the musical comedy by Dolly Parton based on the 1970s hit movie “9 to 5.”



  • Adult bereavement intern, Fox Valley Hospice, Geneva, IL
  • Mental health services intern, DuPage County, Wheaton, IL
  • Human resource generalist, Naperville Park District, Naperville
  • Juvenile investigation intern, DuPage County Department of Probation and Court Services, Wheaton, IL
  • Programming and exhibit assessment intern, DuPage Children's Museum, Naperville
  • Occupational therapy aid, Easter Seals DuPage and Fox Valley Regions

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in psychology have been accepted at:

  • University of Central Florida
  • Claremont Graduate University
  • Loyola University
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • Adler School of Professional Psychology
  • University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Garrett Evangelical Seminary


Recent graduates in psychology include:

  • Youth support worker
  • Counselor
  • Social worker
  • School psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Sports psychologist
  • Family therapist
  • Human resources specialist
Psychology major

For Meghan, the choice to pursue psychology was simple.

“I’ve always been intrigued by people—their histories, motivations, ambitions and ability to make or break relationships.”

Meghan is taking her fascination to the next level by pursuing a Ph.D. in industrial organizational psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She hopes to use her psychology training to research and advocate for organizational satisfaction within large companies or the government.

By taking advantage of different opportunities, Meghan discovered where she fit in psychology. On campus, she worked as a peer health educator at Dyson Wellness Center—the College’s clinic providing counseling and medical...

Psychology major, Religious Studies and Human Resource Management minors

Daniel has seized opportunities both inside and outside the classroom that combine his major in psychology and minors in religious studies and human resource management.

A top student, he’s collaborated with a psychology professor on research that examined how religious beliefs and ethical ideology impact views of organizational justice. He took part in a D-Term trip to Northern Ireland where he studied the psychology of conflict and politics.

A top competitor, Daniel runs on the College’s championship cross country and track and field teams. He also serves on the general board of the student-led worship group Focus and Presidential Search Committee as a student representative.

“If you like...

Psychology major

Sunny got an early start conducting psychology research his first year at North Central. “It was neat taking a research practicum as a freshman, since freshmen participated in most of the trials I was facilitating,” he says. “There’s always research to be done at North Central, because the professors are more than willing to collaborate with students. Many graduate programs look at your research experience as an undergraduate. North Central provides the experience you need not only to gain admittance to graduate school, but to excel among your peers.”

Named the Outstanding Senior Man, Sunny made the most of his entire North Central experience. He served as president of North Central’s Enactus...

Psychology major

Jessica Reynolds had an incredibly busy 12 months leading up to her final term at North Central.

“I have worked on research with faculty in psychology and I presented research at NCUR (the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research),” Jessica who combined her major in psychology with a second major in marketing. “In marketing, I was involved in the International Case Competition with AMA (American Marketing Association), and we placed in the top 24 in an international competition.”

Jessica originally planned to go straight to graduate school to earn a Ph.D. in psychology, but her experiences at North Central have provided her with a multitude of other post-graduate options.

“With all...


For Kirsten Bushman, preparing for a career in psychology is all about collaboration. Since her sophomore year, she’s conducted research alongside professor of psychology Jonathon Mueller.

“North Central’s professors have their own research projects that are open to students,” she says. “My research with Dr. Mueller has led to other research opportunities and faculty connections.”

Kirsten used her contacts around campus to complete her thesis. As part of the College Scholars Honors Program, she dedicated a year to her own research.

“It’s been a point of interest in my interviews.”

Kirsten plans to pursue a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. She hopes to foster strong...

Psychology major

As a Lederman Scholar, Kristen started earning college credit at North Central during her junior year of high school. Choosing her “permanent” college was a no-brainer.

“I’d formed great relationships with the professors at North Central,” she says. “I had good friends, I was taking challenging classes and I was involved with the campus community—it’s everything I wanted for my college career.”

Research—both independent and with faculty—has been a huge part of Kristen’s North Central experience. She’s presented her work at numerous conferences and even spent five weeks overseas researching public policy at the University of Cambridge.

“I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology. I’m prepared...