Industrial & Organizational Psychology

School of Business

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School of Business

Lori K. Long, Professor, (440) 826-2419

Psychology Department

Nancy Gussett, Professor, (440) 826-2027


Today's businesses benefit from effective leaders who understand organizational dynamics and employee relations. A major in industrial and organizational psychology offers an intriguing, in-demand career opportunity.

Industrial and organizational psychology is an interdisciplinary major integrating behavioral science and business. It focuses on research, communication, strategic thinking and application.

BW's program is one of only a few undergraduate interdisciplinary programs in the country combining business and psychology.

The industrial and organizational psychology program offers two tracks of study-business or psychology. You can focus your studies in one area while gaining a comprehensive understanding of this versatile career field. You'll graduate with a double major and an impressive skill set.

BW's liberal arts approach to the program combines rigorous, comprehensive classroom study with enriching hands-on learning opportunities. BW faculty are scholars and practitioners. You'll learn from professors with decades of corporate, government, clinic and nonprofit experience.

Coursework, class projects and hands-on research in human resources, psychology and business provide a foundation for your studies. Elective courses enable you to focus on a career interest. A capstone project seminar and internships build real-world experience you can share with potential employers and graduate schools.

Ranked #1 for Expected Career Growth
The Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks Industrial-Organizational Psychology #1 among its top 20 fastest-growing occupations in the U.S. This career field is expected to have a growth rate of 53 percent between now and 2022. Median pay is $83,580 annually.

Diverse Career Field
"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 antidiscrimination policies. Companies also will use psychologists' expertise in survey design, analysis and research to develop tools for marketing evaluation and statistical analysis."

-U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook

Business Honors Track
With a focus on sustainability, ethical business practices and leadership development, the Business Honors Track enables students to complete courses in their Business major or minor while building Honors credits. During senior year, students work on a year-long consulting project with a business partner. Students can apply for the Business Honors Track during their sophomore and junior years.

Baldwin Wallace University's School of Business will benefit from a $15 million gift from alumnus Stephen Boesel '68. The gift is slated for student scholarships, faculty support, learning opportunities and a renowned business speaker series.


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


The industrial and organizational psychology major is offered as an additional major for students with a first major in any business discipline or psychology. It builds upon the knowledge and skills developed in the first major.

The program prepares you for graduate school or employment in an area of human resource management, such as employee selection, assessment, training or other areas managing worker productivity and behavior.

Program flexibility is a key advantage. Through course electives, independent study, internships and more, you can customize your education to focus on specific areas of interest.


Course Descriptions

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.


Student success is a top priority. Small class sizes, extensive hands-on experiences, individual attention and faculty mentoring are at the core of the program. Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, fellowships, study abroad and a variety of co-curricular and other learning opportunities.


Infusing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship throughout campus and Northeast Ohio is the crux of this signature Center. The Center for Innovation & Growth (CIG) offers outstanding professional networking and hands-on learning opportunities to students of every major. The CIG Student Fellows program places students alongside business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs. Through CIG Growth Consulting Projects, students assist CIG partners and other companies, nonprofits and government agencies in achieving growth through innovation.


A hybrid between a class and an internship, BW's Digital Marketing Clinic is a student-run, experience-driven agency offering digital marketing expertise to local businesses. Students work with small businesses to develop effective, research-based inbound marketing strategy including website design, social media strategy, targeted digital content, automated email marketing plan and a marketing playbook. In addition to gaining portfolio-building, real-world experience and networking opportunities, students can earn certifications from digital marketing applications like Hubspot and Hootsuite. City of Berea grant funding is available.


Open to students of every major, LaunchNET is an innovative program that presents entrepreneurship as a viable career path and offers students concrete tools and guidance to transform ideas into thriving businesses. LaunchNET offers students access to an extensive network of mentors, experts and services.


Every year over 50 business majors study abroad for a semester at a foreign university in countries such as England, Australia and China. Seminars in Brazil and South Africa offer opportunities to examine logistical, manufacturing, service, retail and government issues abroad.


Business Book Club

Initiated by alumni Eugene and Jean Grippen '53, the Business Book Club encourages students to be wise consumers and investors for financial independence. The Book Club reviews the classic book by George Clason, The Richest Man in Babylon, and one other title related to personal finance each year. When the Book Club gathers, it is usually to share a meal as well as discuss how the concepts are relevant to their lives. The students also compete for cash prizes.

Business Clinic

Students receive training in business planning, client service and research through the Business Clinic. Students are teamed with successful entrepreneurs-in-residence to coach clients through the development of their business strategy. Clients include small business owners, new business entrepreneurs and not-for-profit boards and/or executive directors.

Business Honor Society

Students are connected with alumni and business leaders through the Business Honor Society. The society encourages and supports a deep network of personal and professional contact through ongoing communication and special invitations to campus events.


A global, nonprofit organization, Enactus helps students develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills as they learn, practice and teach principles of free enterprise to improve the standard of living for millions around the globe.

Psychology Club

A dynamic organization offering educational, professional and social opportunities, the Psychology Club promotes and conducts activities that enable students to learn about psychology as a profession and a science. It sponsors meetings, lectures, films, outings and field experiences.

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Open to students of all majors, SHRM provides career-minded students with information on networking, interviewing skills, professionalism and more. Members participate in Ohio Human Resources Games, an outstanding opportunity to network with professionals across the state.


At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.

Baldwin Wallace has long championed the success of its students. Evidence of this can be seen in the extraordinary achievements of its alumni spread throughout the United States and the world.

Among recent accolades, 92 percent of graduates from the Class of 2014 reported being in rewarding jobs or in graduate school studies within six months after graduation.


Full-Time Faculty

Nancy Gussett
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Akron

Lori Long
Ph.D., Kent State University

Kristofer Neslund
D.B.A., Kent State University

Mary Pisnar-Sweeny
D.B.A., Nova Southeastern University

Lynn Schulte
Associate Professor
MBA, Baldwin Wallace University

Robert B. Young
Associate Professor
DBA, Cleveland State University