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


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.

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 and 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.

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 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. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook


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 Catalog

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.

View all business student organizations and experiential learning programs.


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

John Fuehrer
MBA, Baldwin Wallace University

Lisa Green
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

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

Charles Levin
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

Lori Long
Ph.D., Kent State University

Jennifer Perry
Chair, Psychology Department

Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

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

Param Srikantia
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

Brian Thomas
Ph.D., Texas Christian University

Adjunct Faculty

Kimberly Burkhart

Chad Cook
EMBA, Baldwin Wallace University

Robert Ivancic
J.D., Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Kathleen Razi
Ph.D., Kent State University

Jeremy C. Short
M.S., Brenau University