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Real Ambition, Real Success
If you have ever found yourself wondering why people think, feel, and act as they do, then an education from NKU’s Department of Psychological Science might be for you. You’ll explore core courses from biological, cognitive, and social perspectives and can select elective classes from subjects like industrial/organizational psychology, the psychology of money, consumer psychology, human sexuality, and counseling. This wide variety of coursework will inspire you to foster inclusivity, celebrate diversity and find community through our collective human experience and help you select your career path as a therapist or in other helping-related professionals.
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Our programs are ideally suited to those who aspire to:

  • Pursue people-centered careers in business or the helping professions
  • Understand the scientific study of behavior and mental processes
  • Contribute to our local community and society at large
  • Explore biological processes, social interactions, mental and physical health and so much more

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Unique Student Experiences & Opportunities

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Student Orgs

Your education may start in a classroom, but that’s just the beginning. At NKU, you won't just learn on campus, you'll learn on the job.

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Flexible Academic Programs

Complete your courses on campus or online, as we know you need flexibility while completing your degree.

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Mentored Research

You can work directly with our faculty and develop the skills to not just ask but also to answer research questions.

Meet Our Faculty


Maddie Hughes

Maddie Hughes

Graduating Year: 2019

Education: BS in Psychology with an AOF in Management

Career: Project Manager in the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing industry

“The most helpful classes that I took in college that have aided me in my career advancement are: Research Methods and Statistical Analysis.”

What they do: I manage Clinical Research Projects (studies) from beginning to end, for big name sponsors that are seeking FDA approval for new drugs and/or therapeutic treatments. Some of my tasks include; Managing program budget (Forecasting, Invoicing, etc.), deciding on the best strategies for enrollment/retention efforts, managing large teams within North America and Europe, Holding meetings with clients on a weekly cadence to report on program metrics, etc.

Necessary job skills: Self-confidence, ability to multitask, ability to lead large teams and delegate responsibilities, social awareness, math skills, and a thorough understanding of the Clinical Research process from start to finish

Career path:

  1. B.S. in Psychology and AOF in Management
  2. Clinical Research Coordinator II, at Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center in the Emergency Dept
  3. Clinical Research Coordinator Lead, at WCG ThreeWire (pharmaceutical manufacturing)
  4. Project Manager at WCG ThreeWire (pharmaceutical manufacturing)