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I/O Specialization

Overview

The Industrial/Organizational specialization in Psychology is designed for Psychology majors interested in careers that apply psychological principles to the world of work. Our graduates work in a variety of areas such as benefits, training, recruiting, compensation, human resources, market research, sales, computer systems, teaching, school psychology, and health care management. The specialization retains the dual purpose of preparing undergraduates for advanced work in I/O Psychology and Human Resources (HR) graduate programs while providing them with business-oriented knowledge and skills to facilitate immediate entry into the workforce.

The I/O specialization has achieved great success in its 20-year history as evidenced by enrollments and the success of its members. For more information about this specialization, contact the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Coordinator (Dr. Jason Dahling, dahling@tcnj.edu)

The course requirements for the I/O Specialization include the normal core courses of a psychology major, foundation courses, specialized courses, a psychology option, a senior experience, and business classes.

Core Courses (4, taken in sequence):

  • PSY 101 – General Psychology
  • PSY 121 – Methods and Tools of Psychology
  • PSY 203 – Design and Statistical Analysis
  • PSY 299 – Research Seminar

Foundation Courses (3):

  • PSY 267 – Organizational Psychology – Required

Other Foundation Courses (Choose 2 of the following)

  • PSY 212 – Biopsychology
  • PSY 213 – Learning and Memory
  • PSY 214 – Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 216 – Personality Theory & Research
  • PSY 217 – Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 218 – Psychology of Power, Oppression, and Privilege
  • PSY 220 – Development across the Lifespan

Specialized Courses (3):

  • PSY 364 – Industrial Psychology – Required 

*Starting in Fall 2012, Industrial Psychology will only be offered once a year. Please plan your schedule accordingly if you plan on completing the I/O Specialization*

  • ELOPSY Course – Students in this specialization must take a credit-bearing research course (PSY 390, PSY 393, PSY 396,) or internship (PSY 397, PSY 399).

Other Specialized Course (Choose 1 and check prerequisites)

  • PSY 303 – Advanced Multivariate Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • PSY 365/MKT365 – Consumer Behavior (If needed for Marketing minor you MUST register as MKT365)
  • PSY 366 – Personnel Selection & Placement
  • PSY 374 – I/O Psychology Seminar
  • PSY 375 – Social and Community Psychology Seminar
  • PSY 376 Seminar in Psychology (ONLY with advisement; not every topic may count)
  • PSY 385 – Seminar in Applied Psychology
  • PSY 386 – Psychological Testing

I/O Psychology Option (Choose 1):

Another Psychology course (preferably from the 300- or 400-level). Students are encouraged to consider taking a course from the above list of “Other Specialized Courses”

Senior Experience (Choose 1):

  • PSY 419 – Senior Seminar: History of Psychology
  • PSY 470 – Senior Topics Study Group
  • PSY 496 – Honors Thesis II +
  • PSY 492 – Senior Collaborative Research Course
  • PSY 493 – Senior Individual Study +
  • PSY 499 – Senior Internship +

Additional Business Requirements (3):

  • BUS 325 – Employment Law
  • ACC 201 – Financial Accounting

Economics Requirement (Choose 1)

  • ECO 101 – Principles of Economics: Micro or
  • ECO 102 – Principles of Economics: Macro
    • ECO101 is recommended for Management and Marketing minors (this course fulfills a requirement in those minors as well as the I/O specialization).  Other students are free to choose either ECO101 or ECO102.

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