Baldwin Wallace University Programs

BW's industrial & organizational psychology major offers an intriguing, in-demand career opportunity.

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 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.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 19 percent growth rate for industrial-organizational psychology between now and 2022.


Industrial and organizational psychology is a rewarding 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

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, career areas span worker productivity, retention, workplace diversity and anti-discrimination policies, marketing evaluation and statistical analysis.  


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.

The industrial and organizational psychology major prepares students to:

  • Recall business terms, concepts, and principles and effectively communicate these, through both oral and written means, using the language of business
  • Utilize critical thinking skills to analyze information and produce improved business decisions and generate effective recommendations for better course of action or opportunity for improvement
  • Demonstrate relevant application of business knowledge
  • Exhibit high standards of ethical awareness and conduct and recognize ethical issues businesses/people face in today’s world
  • Develop an understanding of key theories and principles in the field of industrial & organizational psychology
  • Analyze and solve workplace management problems through applying principles of behavioral science
  • Use a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods including research design, data analysis and interpretation in an organizational setting
  • Have knowledge of basic human resource management practices including recruitment and selection, training and development, performance management, and organizational development
  • Develop consultancy skills to work with internal or external clients
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.

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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

Lori Long
Chair, Management & Entrepreneurship

Ph.D., Kent State University

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

Jennifer Perry
Chair, Psychology Department

Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Mary Pisnar
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