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Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Does the work of people intrigue and interest you? Did you know that there is a field that studies how to improve the lives of people at work? MTSU has such a program—Industrial/Organizational Psychology—and is one of only a few schools that offer an undergraduate degree in this field. If you care about people at work and would like to help make jobs more interesting and satisfying, workers be more productive, and employers know how to deal fairly with employees, consider this unique program at MTSU. Included will be skills such as helping teams work together, solving workplace issues, and learning how to train and hire effectively.

This program is approved for the Academic Common Market.


What We're Doing

Where will that tattoo take you?

Not far in the “white collar” job market apparently, according to researcher Dr. Mark Frame, Psychology, and his students. Creating a fictional company and placing participants in the role of hiring manager, the investigators presented candidates—some with visible tattoos and some without—who were equally qualified. Survey results showed an overwhelming bias against hiring those with tattoos. Frame explains that great care was taken to eliminate variables, using the same candidate with and without tattoos. He even engaged a tattoo artist to come to his class, demonstrating with markers rather than permanent inks. Frame presented some of his findings to the 2013 convention of the Association for Psychological Science in Washington, DC., and will be working with I/O Psychology students to complete additional studies.

Learning about human resources opens doors

Speakers such as Kathy Medlin, director of organization development at Comdata, Brentwood, bring authentic workplace examples and experiences to members of the student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) at MTSU. This national organization seeks to advance the human resource profession and, in addition to speakers, provides mentoring programs; networking opportunities; and exposure to activities such as recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, labor relations, and performance appraisals. Because there are not enough people with skills such as these, the demand exceeds the supply in today's work world. 千蠃官网国际网址


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千蠃官网国际网址The Industrial/Organizational Psychology major is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in human resources (formerly known as personnel) departments of businesses, industries, and governmental entities and to provide a background for students wishing to pursue graduate work in industrial/organizational psychology, general psychology, or related fields. Human resources is an underserved area in the workplace, and demand exceeds supply for people with the skills learned in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program. Potential career options include

  • Compensation analyst
  • E-learning designer
  • Employee benefits specialist
  • Employee relations manager
  • Executive assistant
  • Human resource generalist
  • Human resource manager
  • Job recruiter
  • Office manager
  • Project coordinator
  • Training and development specialist
  • Wellness coordinator

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Bridgestone Inc.
  • Graphic Packaging International
  • Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)
  • ITAC Solutions
  • Nissan USA
  • Rutherford County government
  • SMS Holdings Corporation
  • Spherion Staffing Services
  • U.S. Bank
  • Vanderbilt Hospital

The Industrial/Organizational Psychology program is one of three undergraduate programs leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree offered by the Department of Psychology. The other two are Psychology and Pre-graduate School, a concentration for students interested in pursuing graduate study. The department also offers an online psychology degree in conjunction with University College.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

The Industrial/Organizational Psychology major is designed to help prepare students for entry-level positions in personnel departments of business and industries and provide a background for students wishing to pursue graduate work in Psychology, I/O Psychology, or related fields. Effective academic year 2013 - 2014, a minimum of 9 upper division hours from the core set of required courses and a minimum of 6 other psychology hours must be taken at MTSU.  A minimum of C- is required for all required coursework in the major.  The undergraduate major in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology is a 46 - hour major; please see the Academic Map for specific courses.

千蠃官网国际网址Note that one minor is required and must be approved by the major advisor. Students should see the I/O major faculty advisor regarding course sequencing.  It is very important that the students consult their I/O major faculty advisor because some courses are only offered once a year.

An undergraduate minor is available in Industrial/Organizational; other minors include Psychology, Lifespan Development, Mental Health Services, and Neuroscience. The department participates in an interdisciplinary minor in Behavioral Research千蠃官网国际网址. 

Graduate students may pursue a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. An M.A. degree also is available in Clinical Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Quantitative Psychology, and a Pre-Specialist in Education: School Psychology. An Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree is offered with a major in Curriculum and Instruction and a concentration in School Psychology. There is a graduate minor in Psychology.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology, B.S.

 
615-898-5752
Judith Van Hein, program coordinator
Judith.VanHein@mtsu.edu

千蠃官网国际网址Industrial/Organizational Psychology deals with a variety of human resources and organizational issues, such as employee selection, training, job analysis, and employee motivation. The major in Industrial/Organizational Psychology is designed to (a) prepare students for entry-level positions in human resources departments in businesses and government agencies and (b) provide a background for students wishing to pursue graduate work in psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, or related fields.

At least 9 semester hours of upper-division level courses and 6 semester hours at any level in the Psychology major must be completed at MTSU. One minor is required. See advisor for an approved list of minors.

Admission to Candidacy

All students are required to be admitted to candidacy for the Industrial/Organizational Psychology major. To apply for candidacy, a student must have

  1. completed at least 30 hours of coursework (not to include learning support courses);
  2. completed the following General Education requirements: ; ;  or  or , or higher; and a science course with a minimum 2.00 GPA;
  3. completed the following psychology courses:  and  with a minimum 2.00 GPA. (A grade of C- or better is required in PSY 1410 and PSY 2210.)

千蠃官网国际网址Candidacy will be granted three times per year-after the end of the Fall and Spring semesters and after the end of the Summer term. Students will have required advising every semester until they have successfully completed admission to candidacy.

The application for admission to candidacy is an online application. Applications should be submitted by students the semester after they have completed the above requirements.

NOTE: Students should follow the recommended sequence of courses for the freshman year on the academic map.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

 

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

千蠃官网国际网址 requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education requirement:

  • PSY 1410 (Soc/Beh Sci)
  • MATH 1530, MATH 1710, or MATH 1730 or higher (Math)

Major Requirements (46 hours)

A grade of C- or above is required in all major core coursework.

  • PSY 1410 - General Psychology  3 credit hours  

    PSY 2210 - Psychology of Social Behavior

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: PSY 1410 recommended but not required. Systematic study of social behavior. Includes interaction between people, perception of others, interpersonal attraction, aggression, altruism, conformity, attitudes, and group behavior.

  • PSY 3020 - Basic Statistics for Behavioral Science

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: 3 credit hours of college-level mathematics. Elementary descriptive and inferential statistics and their applications.

  • PSY 3070 - Research Methods  3 credit hours  

    PSY 3071 - Research Methods Lab

    1 credit hour

    千蠃官网国际网址Corequisite: PSY 3070.

  • PSY 3320 - Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the applications of psychology to business and Industry. Topics will include applied research methods, employee selection, performance appraisal, training, leadership, motivation, work environment, job design, safety, and work stress.

  • PSY 4260 - Introduction to Psychological Testing

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: PSY 3020 or better. Modern practices in test construction, selection, and application to a variety of situations such as schools, clinics, and businesses.

  • PSY 4270 - Personnel Selection and Placement

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 3320. Survey of a wide range of personnel selection and placement topics such as job analysis, selection, legal issues, test reliability, test validity, employment interviews, and other variables relating to applicant evaluation, placement, retention, and promotion.

  • PSY 4290 - Wage and Salary Administration

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: PSY 3320. The role of compensation in human resources. Topics will include strategic choices, job evaluation, salary market data, incentives and pay for performance.  Legal and international issues also considered.

  • PSY 4330 - Industrial and Organizational Training and Development

    3 credit hours

    Examines training and development methods for use in organizations. Includes learning, needs assessment, program development, different training methods, and program evaluation.

  • PSY 4360 - Organizational Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 1410. Application of psychology to examine individual and group behavior in organizations; job design and organizational design and their effects upon work behavior; and organizational processes such as leadership, power, and decision-making.

  • PSY 4370 - Motivation and Work Attitudes

    3 credit hours

    Understanding and application of motivational theories, particularly in the workplace. Work attitude topics include job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and organizational culture; effects on performance; measurement. Integrations with related topics such as conflict resolution.

  • PSY 3230 - Abnormal Psychology  3 credit hours  

    PSY 3590 - Personality

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 1410. Historical and contemporary personality theory and research, including the trait, cognitive, and motivational approaches. Topics include personality development, the unconscious, the self, goals, emotions, coping, disorders, and personality change.

  • PSY 4040 - Introduction to Cognitive Psychology  3 credit hours  

    PSY 4480 - Learning Theories

    3 credit hours

    Survey of research and major theories of learning with emphasis on classical and instrumental conditioning and related topics.

Choose 6 hours from the following:

  • PSY 4070 - Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Grade of B- or higher in PSY 3020 or equivalent course. Course topics include multiple regression, factorial ANOVA, repeated measures ANOVA, and categorical data analysis. Designed to prepare students for graduate-level statistics courses often required in master's and doctoral level programs, as well as for employment positions in business and government that require more advanced statistical training.

  • PSY 4340 - Human Factors Psychology

    3 credit hours

    The process of designing for human use. Considers individual differences, visual, auditory, and tactile displays, anthropometry, illumination, noise, humans in motion, and space and environmental studies.

  • PSY 4380 - Group Dynamics  3 credit hours  

    PSY 4380 - Group Dynamics

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址The functioning of groups. Includes development of group structure, group conflict, cohesion, social influence, leadership, group productivity, group decision making, and growth groups. Classroom activities are supplemented by group projects that may require some out of class meetings.

  • PSY 4390 - Persuasion  3 credit hours  

    PSY 4390 - Persuasion

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: PSY 1410. Survey and analysis of theory and research on interpersonal influence. Applications of findings to various areas of human experience.

  • PSY 4610 - Adult Psychology and Aging

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: PSY 1410 and PSY 2300 recommended but not required. A survey of the research on adult development. Examines the physical, intellectual, social, vocational, and personality changes during the adult years.

  • PSY 4720 - Multicultural Perspectives in Psychology and Education

    3 credit hours

    Theories and research relative to the education of multiethnic/racial minorities. Relation of culture and socialization to learning styles, assessment practices, and counseling considerations.

  • PSY 4730 - Internship: Industrial/Organizational

    3 credit hours

    Supervised practical experience utilizing psychological principles and tools in an established organization. Pass/Fail.

Supporting Course (3-4 hours)

  • MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics  3 credit hours  

    Contact Information

    *For additional information, see contact information below*

    Mark Frame
    mark.frame@mtsu.edu
    Phone | 615-898-2565

    Judy Van Hein
    judy.vanhein@mtsu.edu
    千蠃官网国际网址Phone | 615-898-5752

    Who is My Advisor?

    Chloe Calhoun (A-F)
    Chloe.Calhoun@mtsu.edu
    615-898-4803 | CKNB 108

    Amy Foster (G-O)
    Amy.Foster@mtsu.edu
    千蠃官网国际网址615-898-4803 | CKNB 108

    Stacey Jones (P-Z)
    Stacey.Jones@mtsu.edu
    千蠃官网国际网址615-898-4803 | CKNB 108

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    Mailing Address

    Department of Psychology
    Middle Tennessee State University
    MTSU Box 87
    1301 East Main Street
    Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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