We Love Learning
Earning a college degree is hard work, and we will make you work hard to earn your degree. NNU is nationally recognized and awarded by both US News & World Report and The Princeton Review; but more importantly, our students are committed to intellectual inquiry through quality academics. Whichever one of our numerous majors they have chosen, our grads leave NNU prepared to embark on any career path, and to pursue advanced degrees at some of the best graduate schools in the country. Below you'll find stories highlighting some of the fantastic projects and students coming out of our academic departments.
NASA selects NNU for CubeSat space missions
On February 18, 2016 NASA announced its selections for the seventh round of its CubeSat Launch Initiative that “provides opportunities for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned for upcoming launches.” NNU’s project will be the first satellite or spacecraft ever built in space and the first satellite from an Idaho university.
Unique opportunities and connections
Computer science major Devon Ellis (’15) found some unique experiential opportunities through both what AND whom he knew. The quality of his education at NNU and the outstanding alumni networking he had access to have given him a foundation for success.
Mass communication major pursues dream
For mass communication major Vlad Imakaev, the pursuit of a dream led him to the United States from his home country of Ukraine. Vlad believes that by attending Northwest Nazarene University and studying with the NNU Film School he can one day accomplish his goal of converting his novels into films.
Find a Major You Love
With more than 60 areas of study from which to choose, at NNU you don't have to settle for a major that's anything less than your true passion. Unless your true passion is underwater basket weaving.
Applied and Liberal Studies
- Applied Studies
- Liberal Studies
- Social Science
- Art Education
- Graphic Design
- Studio Art
- Criminal Justice
- Cultural Studies
- Pre-Physical Therapy
- Global Business
- Business Administration
- Management Information Systems
- Environmental Chemistry
- Broadcast & Performance
- Communication Science
- Mass Communication
- Media Production
- Computer Graphic Design
- Computer Information Systems
- Computer Science
- Elementary Education
- Secondary Education
- Social Science
- Professional Writing
- International Studies
- Political Science
- Athletic Training
- Outdoor Recreation
- Recreation and Sport Management
- Military Science
- Chinese Studies
- Cultural Anthropology
- Cultural Studies
- Worship & Music Ministry
- Commercial/Music Industry
- Philosophy and Religion
- Pre-Dental Hygiene
- Pre-Physician Assistant
- Pre-Veterinary Medicine
- Biblical Languages
- Biblical Studies
- Children's Ministries
- Christian Education
- Christian Ministry
- Intercultural Ministry (Missions)
- Parachurch Ministries
- Pastoral Ministries
- Philosophy and Religion
- Worship Leadership
- Youth Ministry
- Social Work
We Love to Travel
A longstanding partnership with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities(CCCU) allows students to see the world while pursuing top-notch academics. Our students have access to programs in Australia, China, Latin-America, Egypt, Russia, Oxford and Uganda, to name a few. As part of the general education at NNU, all students must meet our required cross-cultural experience. Many majors choose to satisfy this requirement through studying abroad.
Opportunities for change: summer mission trips
Each summer, Northwest Nazarene University sends out faculty and students to make a difference in people’s lives around the globe. This summer five mission teams will be sent to serve in Poland, Liberia, Colombia, Haiti, and Kenya.
Crusaders travel to Kenya to deliver Christmas gifts
Inspired by their coaches, Jake and Jenny Perry, seven current student-athletes and Northwest Nazarene alumnus Ashley Puga, volunteered their time this Christmas season to help Sean and Meredith Stewart with One 5 Ministries, and Andy and Jamie Fehr with Wordsower International.
Making industry connections
Through the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, Tennessee, NNU music majors get a taste of the music industry and leave with the connections they need to make their way in this highly competitive field.
We Love Our Faculty
To say that you'll get to know your professors at NNU would be a great understatement. Students have direct access to talented faculty members in all majors who will become your research partners through academics, your mentors, your tablemates in the cafeteria (if you choose) and your spiritual sounding boards.
Dr. Donna Allen to speak at Faculty Award Lecture
Using Mark Knapp’s Staircase descriptive model of the stages of development and applying interpersonal theories, Allen’s lecture entitled, “An Interpersonal Relationship with God,” explores the similarities and differences in relationship development and maintenance of the unique God-human dyad.
Professor and student co-author academic article
When we think of professor-student research collaboration, the humanities usually are not the first subjects to come to mind; however, just this last year, professor-student research in the humanities reached print. An NNU English professor and undergraduate student’s research project eventually led to the writing and publication of “Literary Catholicity: an Alternate Reading of Influence in the Work of C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton.”
NASA EPSCoR grant supports wildfire research
Northwest Nazarene University is pleased to announce that Assistant Professor of Computer Science Dale Hamilton and Associate Professor of Computer Science Barry Myers have been awarded a NASA EPSCoR (experimental program to stimulate competitive research) Undergraduate Research Grant to support their research on fire monitoring and assessment technology.
We Love Getting Our Hands Dirty
Students dive in to research and internship opportunities throughout the country and around the world. NNU's strong connections and industry relationships have opened doors for students to explore their discipline in a professional arena and to study abroad. NNU students have recently interned at Wal-Mart Headquarters, ESPN, FoxSports, Unilever, Campbell's, St. Luke's, U.S. Embassy in Belgium, Micron, Hewlett Packard, Simplot, and Disney, to name a few.
Projects that NNU students have recently researched include hyperbaric oxygen treatment of breast cancer cells, Alzheimer's Disease and Lake Titicacan frogs in Costa Rica. Mentoring faculty work alongside students to enrich the research experience. Many students have also gone on to present their research at national conferences such as the Murdock College Science Research Program Conference.
Q&A with student Kelsey Koberg: opportunity awaits
Having already interned through five different organizations (UBS Wealth Management, World Relief Boise, The Idaho Republican Party, Teneo Holdings and the Office of Senator Mike Crapo), Kelsey Koberg, a senior double major in business and communication, has a lot of experience with opportunity and advice on how to take advantage of it.
Killing off MRSA, the super bacteria
In the fields of biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering and physics, 11 Northwest Nazarene University professors guided 36 students through a summer of research this last June, July and August. One of those projects involved the battle against MRSA (pronounced Mursa)–the super bacteria.
Grants fund student-faculty research in the sciences
Working on significant research in the sciences under faculty active in their fields is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students at NNU. These research projects are made possible by grants from foundations that recognize the potential of NNU students and faculty to make significant contributions to the body of knowledge in their fields and to improve the lives of people with their discoveries.