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Department: Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Industrial/Organizational Psychology


Required Courses

General Education
Note that Industrial-Organizational Psychology students must complete all general education courses required for graduation. Among them, MAT 215 is required for PSY 201 and BUS 360; PHL 334 fulfills upper-level philosophy course. PED 1XX and SOC 101 are to be included unless the student has already satisfied those general education requirements.

  • PED 1XX Coaching 101 (1) (course number TBD)
  • SOC 101 Introductory Sociology (3)
  • MAT 215 Basic Statistics (3) [prerequisite for PSY 201 and BUS 360]
  • PHL 334 Business Ethics (3) [fulfills upper-level PHL requirement]

Psychology Courses Required

  • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (4)
  • PSY 209 Social Psychology (3)
  • PSY 210 Research Methods I (3) OR BUS 360 below
  • PSY 2XX Positive Psychology (3) (course number TBD)
  • PSY 3XX Industrial-Organizational Psychology (3) (course number TBD)
  • PSY 3XX Career Counseling (3) (course number TBD)
  • PSY 3XX Principles of Learning (3) (course number TBD)
  • PSY 342 Assessments and Evaluation (3) (previously HSV 341)

Business Courses Required

  • BUS 302 Principles of Management (3)
  • BUS 334 Teamwork and Negotiation (3)
  • BUS 360 Business Research (3) OR PSY 210 above
  • BUS 400 Leadership and Empowerment (3)
  • BUS 416 Managing Financial Resources (3)
  • BUS 486 Human Resource Management (3)

Sociology Courses Required

  • SOC 3XX Sociology of Work (3) (course number TBD)

Advanced Course Required

  • PSY/SOC/BUS 411 Advanced Topics (3)

Course Descriptions

PED 1XX Coaching 101 (1) (course number TBD)
Focuses on the fundamental elements of coaching any sport. The roles and responsibilities of the coach, along with coaching philosophies, strategies, and psychology will be covered. Topics will also include principles of training and fitness, goal-setting, practice planning and organization, game day preparation, etc. Students will plan and run an actual sports practice as part of the course.

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
Examines culture, social structure, socialization, social institutions, social inequality and social change through the lens of a sociological imagination. Topics include socialization, gender roles, deviance and social control, class, race, and ethnic inequality, family, work and social change. Serves as a foundation course for students interested in the field of sociology. Fulfills general education requirement in social science.

MAT 215 Basic Statistics (3)
Introduces the basic ideas of statistics: descriptive statistics, central tendency variability, probability distributions, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression, multinomial experiments, contingency tables and analysis of variance. A statistical software package is used. Designed for students in a variety of fields that rely on regular statistical analysis in decision-making. Fulfills general education requirement in mathematics.

PHL 334 Business Ethics (3)
Describes ethics as a dimension of social responsibility, the role of corporate culture in business, and emerging issues in business ethics, such as the ways in which differences will affect ethical decision-making. Prerequisite: 200-level philosophy course. Fulfills general education requirements for 300/400-level course and values.

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (4)
Examines psychology's perspective on human behavior through many human experiences: learning and memory, perception, motivation and emotion, personality, social interaction, normal and abnormal behavior, and human development. Draws from experience and fosters application to the students' own lives. This is a foundational course, and it meets prerequisite requirements for most psychology courses. Fulfills general education requirement in social science. Lecture and lab.

PSY 209 Social Psychology (3)
Investigates the diverse mechanisms through which people influence the individual, particularly cultural socialization, stereotyping and prejudice, membership in formal and informal groups, and in close relationships. Examines topical areas of influence including attitudes, perceptual processes, conformity, conflict and aggression, roles and norms, and helping behavior. Emphasizes critical thinking about research and application of concepts to life experience. Prerequisite: PSY-101.

PSY 210 Research Methods I (3) or BUS 360 below
Introduces the basic methods of research design and report writing in the behavioral sciences. Descriptive, correlational and experimental research strategies will be discussed. Students design original research and select appropriate data analyses. Ethical issues in each type of research design will be explored. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: PSY-101, MAT-215.

PSY 2XX Positive Psychology (3) (course number TBD)
Focuses on the theoretical underpinnings and practical application of positive psychology. Positive psychology is concerned with the fundamentals of human strength, virtues, positive emotions, happiness, love, humanity, leadership, spirituality, mindfulness, prosocial behavior, humane leadership, and approaches for living a healthy and meaningful life. Prerequisite PSY 101.

PSY 3XX Industrial-Organizational Psychology (3) (course number TBD)
Examines the methods, practices, and theories of industrial-organizational psychology as a specialty of psychology that focuses on individuals and structures in the workplace. Requires students to apply qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze the effectiveness and fairness of personnel management decisions in such areas as candidate selection, performance appraisal, employee training, and employee attitudes and behaviors. Prerequisites: PSY 210 or BUS 360.

PSY 3XX Career Counseling (3) (course number TBD)
Provides a practical and theoretical basis in personal and career development. Topics focus on occupational-educational information, career exploration techniques, vocational choice theory, and ethical standards, all within a context of diverse populations. Applications include computer-assisted career development and inventories. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 3XX Principles of Learning (3) (course number TBD)
Develops knowledge and practical skills in learning and the experimental analysis of behavior in both animals and humans. Covers theoretical issues, basic principles and approaches to learning. Emphasizes biological explanatory mechanisms. Practical applications of basic principles are considered. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites: PSY 210 or BUS 360.

PSY 342 Assessment and Evaluation (3) (previously HSV 341)
Surveys the history and use of a variety of assessment instruments, including personality, aptitude, vocational, intelligence, and interest testing. Evaluates the role of tests and questionnaires in placement and counseling. Prerequisites: PSY 210 or BUS 360.

BUS 302 Principles of Management (3)
Focuses on developing a foundation of knowledge related to traditional and contemporary management theories and practice. The course describes the management functions of planning, organizing, leading and controlling necessary for organizational success. Students examine the important influence of an organization's external and internal environments and the role of ethics in managerial decision making.

BUS 334 Teamwork and Negotiation (3)
Analyzes the dynamics, structure and function of teams in businesses and other organizations, and examines the framework and components of negotiation in organizational and personal decision making. The course utilizes role play, case analysis and group/team assignments and is highly interactive.

BUS 360 Business Research (3) or PSY 210 above
Considers options for researching decisions in business. Students will learn to define the research problem, develop the research plan, collect, evaluate and organize relevant information, develop findings and conclusions and recommend a preferred course of action supported by analysis. Students will be able to access and analyze company, industry and competitive information. Students will learn core primary research concepts such as how to design and implement mail, telephone and electronic surveys, and how to run a focus group. Prerequisites: BUS 302, BUS 303, computer competency, general education mathematics requirement.

BUS 400 Leadership and Empowerment (3)
Examines multiple leadership paradigms with a focus on approaches that are inclusive, empowering, and ethical. Students apply major leadership models and research to group and individual experiences. The course strengthens personal and organizational leadership through integration of course learning, experience and feedback. Assesses individual leadership skills and identifies personal development needs. Replaces Manager as Leader. Prerequisite: BUS 302.

BUS 416 Managing Financial Resources (3)
Provides student with an overview of the accounting and financial tools necessary for managers. Addresses the development and analysis of basic financial statements, the development of budgets (both operating and capital), and other techniques of financial analysis for management decision making. Prerequisite: general education mathematics requirement. (Business majors may not take this course; students who have taken BUS 261 may not take this course.)

BUS 486 Human Resource Management (3)
Develops knowledge and skills in the human resource management functions of strategic human resource planning, job design, recruitment and selection, and training and development. Focuses on the legal environment of human resource management and its impact on the entire human resource system. Enhances background students will need to make informed human resource decisions in organizations. Prerequisite: BUS 302.

SOC XXX Sociology of Work (3) (course number TBD)
Analyzes social relations in the workplace as well as the dynamics of the labor market. Identifies the units of analysis in the study of work, industrial trends and occupational changes, the changing demography of the workforce, the negotiation of family and career, and job satisfaction. Prerequisites: PSY 210 or BUS 360.

PSY/SOC/BUS 411 Special Topics (3)

PSY 411 - Explores in depth a focused topic in psychology, based on instructor's area of specialization. Prerequisite: will be noted for specific course, based on topics. Prerequisite: PSY 210 or BUS 360.

SOC 411 - Aims at providing a context for understanding the broad focus of the discipline of criminology. As an upper-level course in the criminology major, reviews some key sociological and criminological writings from an advanced, informed perspective. The student uses these scholarly resources to develop a paper that synthesizes her particular knowledge of criminological theory, research and applications. Students also develop their abilities to analyze their personal experiences from a sociological perspective and explore options for continued study or employment related to their sociological training. Prerequisites: PSY 210 or BUS 360.

BUS 411 - Explores contemporary topics in management such as non-positional leadership, leadership's dark side, managing human capital, crisis management and contingency planning. Prerequisites: PSY 210 or BUS 360.