The specialty of industrial organizational psychology, also known as I/O psychology, is concerned with the study of humans in the workplace. I/O psychology students and professionals seek to understand the behavior of individuals and groups within organizations by examining the processes, practices, characteristics, and contextual influences that trigger problems at work.
Psychology majors who chose the industrial organizational psychology concentration will take a variety of specialized psychology and management courses in addition to their general education and core requirements. This interdisciplinary approach to I/O psychology provides a comprehensive look at organizational behavior and how it contributes to employee productivity and well-being. Through diverse course work and independent research, students learn how to apply psychological principles to real-world settings and develop effective solutions for various workplace issues.
Like most psychology majors, graduates of the I/O psychology program will acquire a broad understanding of the human mind and behavior, and become familiar with the different research methods used to study and solve psychological problems. However, it’s their specialized knowledge and training in organizational behavior that sets I/O psychology graduates apart from the rest.
Completion of the bachelor’s degree will prepare students for entry-level careers in human resources and occupational training and development. Graduates will also be well-positioned to pursue graduate study in I/O psychology, organizational leadership, human resource management, counseling, or organizational behavior.