HR/Industrial & Organizational Psychology



Human Resources track:

Lori Long, Ph.D., SPHR

(440) 826-2419

Psychology track:

Nancy Gussett, Ph.D.

(440) 826-2027


One of only a few such programs

BW's Human Resource/Industrial and Organizational Psychology is one of only a few undergraduate interdisciplinary programs in the country combining business and psychology.

Impressive Job Outlook

"Industrial-organizational psychologists will be in demand to help to boost worker productivity and retention rates in a wide range of businesses. I-O psychologists will help companies deal with issues such as workplace diversity and anti-discrimination policies. Companies also will use psychologists' expertise in survey design, analysis and research to develop tools for marketing evaluation and statistical analysis."
–U.S. Dept. of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook

A growing career field integrating behavioral science and business, Human Resource/Industrial and Organizational Psychology is an interdisciplinary major combining research, communication and strategic thinking.

Today's business environment needs leaders who understand organizational dynamics and employee relations. Our new major helps you develop the skills and mindset to market ideas, influence decision-makers, and lead and consult organizational constituents.

Designed as a second major

Pick between two tracks of study—business or psychology. Our interdisciplinary program lets you focus your studies in one area while fostering a comprehensive understanding of this versatile career field. You'll graduate with a double major and an impressive skill set.

Real-world focused

Coursework, class projects and hands-on research in human resources, psychology and business provide a foundation. Elective courses enable you to tailor your studies to your career interest. Combined with our capstone project seminar, you'll gain real-world experience that can impress potential employers and graduate schools.

In-demand career field

Human Resource/Industrial and Organizational Psychology is a rewarding career field that can be combined with graduate school to lead to employment as:

  • Industrial/organizational psychologist
  • Management analyst
  • Human resource specialist
  • Organizational effectiveness director
  • Compensation, benefits and job analysis specialist
  • Talent management manager lists Industrial Organization Psychology as a "Bright Outlook Occupation".  This designation shows that this field is expected to grow rapidly in the next several years and will have large numbers of job openings.

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