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Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Industrial-organizational psychology contributes to the success of organizations by helping to improve the performance and well-being of employees. For example, an I-O psychologist may examine how behaviors and attitudes can be improved through fair and valid hiring practices, training and development programs, and performance feedback systems. Some I-O psychologists enter academia as professors and researchers, while others join public or private corporations in such roles as human resource specialists, leadership development directors, and talent management leaders. Others join consulting firms that are hired by organizations to helpaddress their individual needs. Most people working in I-O psychology receive Masters or PhD degrees. Studying I-O psychology at the undergraduate level is excellent preparation for these programs, as well as for other positions in human resources and business. At NIU, we offer courses that provide training in the key topics that comprise I-O psychology, and we have several faculty who do research and consult in this field.

Core Courses:

  • PSYC 471: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PSYC 472:  Group Processes
  • PSYC 434: Laboratory in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • PSYC 433: Social and Personality Laboratory