Psychology Department


Become “Major-Ready” with North's Psychology Courses

Department Highlights

Psychology at North offers a wide variety of courses, engaging you in psychological inquiry using a cross-section of methods: objective, scientific and case-study-based (focused on personal experience). As a transfer student, the department prepares you to be “major-ready” for work in a 4-year undergraduate program, with prerequisites and many of the major requirements already satisfied.

For career training programs (nursing, business, early childhood education) and AA degree candidates, there are psychology courses to specifically fulfill your program requirements. And individual classes are available for those already in a 4-year school and for personal enrichment.

Course offerings include General Psychology, Lifespan Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, Abnormal Psychology, Survey of Physiological Psychology, Human Sexuality, Social Psychology, and Psychology of Gender.

Department Highlights — Research, Online Classes, Integrated Studies

Psychology faculty have strong academic credentials, broad interests in psychology fields, and a focus in creating a learning community where you know your classmates and instructors and are comfortable asking questions.

At North you don’t just talk about research, you do research, in a popular hands-on methods transfer course designed for AA degree candidates and 4-year school psych majors. This small class (just 25 students, with lots of instructor access) includes all the elements of developing and implementing a research project: craft the question, create an experimental design; submit the research design to the review board (required when human subjects are involved); attend research day and work with real subjects; and present at the College’s “Making Learning Visible day” and at the UW research conference.

North’s Human Subjects Review Committee oversees the safety of subjects involved in research and makes human subjects research in all areas of the College feasible. Few community colleges have such a committee. Melissa Grinley is HSR chair.

Choose from online classes for General Psychology and Lifespan or the hybrid Introductory Psychology. Online portions present material, while face-to-face class time is used to consider case studies and apply principles. Some sociology and psychology courses are cross-listed, giving you greater flexibility in meeting requirements.

Integrated studies programs include numerous intriguing courses, like “Memories and Memoirs” (incorporating Cognitive Psychology, Composition 2, and Reading and Writing Autobiography), “Sex Sells” (incorporating Psychology of Gender, Composition 2 and Reading the Media), and “Stranger than Fiction” (incorporating Social Psychology, Composition 2, and Reading and Writing Autobiography).

    Psychology Faculty Member Educates for Compassion

    Melissa Grinley
    Psychology Faculty

    Melissa Grinley says she tries to teach students not so much about memorized terms but about the fallibility of human nature —becoming aware of our tendencies so that we can break out of them and change the way we behave. She calls this “education for compassion.”


    While I was studying at North Seattle College, I discovered a passion for psychology in an introductory course. Over the next year, I excitedly went on to take four more psychology classes, including Psychology of Gender, Physiological Psychology, Research Methods and Abnormal Psychology. Since receiving my AA degree, I have transferred to Seattle University to pursue a BA in psychology. My psychology professors at North prepared me well for undergraduate work at a university, in many ways putting me ahead of the game.

    —Cayce Cheairs
    Psychology Graduate

    Psychology Department

    Department Coordinator
    Melissa Grinley
    (206) 934-7017

    Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Division

    IB 2407
    Division Contacts
    (206) 934-3709
    Mailing Address
    NSC Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Division
    9600 College Way N
    Seattle, WA 98103

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