Minor in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Use Science to Help Workplaces Work Smarter! 

As the only undergraduate program in I/O Psychology in Maryland, you will study and understand how and why workplaces work the way they do. The reason is twofold. I/O Psychologists attempt to understand human behavior to improve employee satisfaction. At the same time, they use their skills to help employers find the best person for any given position. Overall, I/O Psychologists help make workplaces more enjoyable for workers and managers alike.

What You Will Learn

In addition to your major courses and General Education requirements, the Industrial and Organizational minor includes 18-credit hours of coursework.

As an I/O student, you’ll learn about human behavior to:

  • Gain unique insight into workplaces, workers and their behaviors, and the forces that influence the interactions between them.
  • Understand the high-level issues of organizational leadership and design, as well as the everyday practical human resources issues that impact every organization.

Sample Industrial & Organizational Psychology Courses

Industrial/Organizational Psychology — Explores how psychological theory, methods and research are used to help understand, predict and influence people’s behavior in the workplace. Considers personnel psychology, organizational psychology and consumer psychology.

Human Resources Management — Effective utilization of human resources in organizations with an emphasis on principles, practices and legal aspects of job analysis, recruitment and selection, training, performance appraisal, compensation, safety and health, employer-employee rights and union-management relations, as well as current issues in the field.

Group Processes — Study of group processes including power dynamics, curative factors, patterns of member interaction, leadership and stages of group development.

Leadership and Human Behavior — Introduction to leadership theories and concepts with an emphasis on applications of leadership qualities and human skills required for managerial success and organizational effectiveness.

Career Outlook for Industrial & Organizational Psychologists

Entering the small but growing field of Industrial and Organizational Psychology as a professional typically requires a Master’s degree, yet the skills gained through the I/O Psychology minor are valuable in any workplace. The minor prepares graduates for graduate studies on the subject, and graduate-trained I/O Psychologists earn above-average wages. Some job titles specific to I/O Psychology are: engineering psychologist, human resources psychologist, industrial psychologist, management psychologist, organizational research consultant and personnel research psychologist. For more information, check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics page for Industrial and Organizational Psychologists.


Contact Admissions

Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303
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FSU Codes
SAT: 5402 ACT: 1714 FAFSA: 002072

Department of Psychology

Dr. Paul Bernhardt
Department of Psychology
221 Guild Center
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