Northwestern College is a private college located in St. Paul, Minnesota. This Christian college was established in 1902 as the Northwestern Bible and Missionary Training School and is the only non-denominational private Christian college in Minnesota.
The North Central Association of Colleges and School accredits Northwestern College, which currently offers 55 bachelor’s degrees, 4 master’s degrees. Eleven of the bachelor’s degree offerings are through the FOCUS Degree Completion Program.
Northwestern College consists of 15 departments: Department of Art and Design, Department of Biblical and Theological Studies, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, Department of Business, Department of Christian Ministries, Department of Communication, Department of Education, Department of English and Literature, Department of History, Department of Mathematics and Engineering, Department of Music, Department of Psychology, Department of World Languages, Department of Multidisciplinary Studies, and Department of Physical Education, Health, and Kinesiology.
Among the many possible majors that students can choose are Visual Arts Education, History, Mathematics Education, Interdisciplinary Studies, Accounting, International Business, Biblical Studies, Professional Writing, Kinesiology, Journalism, Early Childhood Education, Communication Studies, Urban Studies, Spanish, and Electronic Media Communication. Graduate level degrees consist of Human Services, Organizational Leadership, Divinity, and Theological Studies. Certificates are available in Leadership and Christian Studies.
The college’s Focus Degree Completion is for those students who started college but did not complete a degree. There are various factors that prevent students from completing a degree, but the university understands this and supports student needs. Northwestern College offers the Focus program to help students reach educational goals. The college accepts transfer credits from other universities and colleges as long as the courses meet specific criteria. The Focus Degree Program offers certificates, associate, and bachelor’s degrees in 11 dynamic areas that include Business Management, Global Studies, Christian Counseling, Business Administration, Biblical Studies, Human Resources, Communication Studies, General Studies, Psychology, Ministry, Marketing, and Human Resource Management.
The college also offers the Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program and Early College program for students who want to get a head start on earning college credits. Students can begin taking courses during the junior and senior year if attending qualified Minnesota high schools. Courses are available online to offer flexibility that fit each individual’s needs.
Distance education is available in 8 areas of study. Students can earn a certificate, associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree online. Over 50 distance education courses are available in the liberal arts and Bible. Degrees and certificate are available in Bible, Biblical Studies, Global Studies, Christian Studies, Theological Studies, Leadership, and Organizational Leadership. Northwestern College has received 6 Course of the Year Awards for distance education curriculum between 1996 and 2007.