Organizational Psychology - BS

Please note that the Applied Research minor will not be offered.

The Organizational Psychology bachelor's degree program offers students the opportunity to learn about and understand the complex relationships between human behavior and the world in which we live. Grounded in experiential learning, and emphasizing awareness, understanding and appreciation for diversity, culture and global perspectives, this degree incorporates career-related knowledge, skills and abilities that prepare graduates for lifelong learning and professional success.

After taking foundational courses during the first year of the program, students choose one of two areas of emphasis to focus their studies. In Organizational Psychology, students focus on the application of psychological concepts, theories and research in the workplace. Emphasizing innovation, worker productivity, interpersonal interaction, organizational culture and change management in diverse settings, students gain practical skills and knowledge to positively impact the contemporary work environment. 

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Apply key concepts, theories and research findings in the discipline of organizational psychology to understanding, explaining and evaluating human behavior and industrial organizational processes in both real-world and experimental settings.
  • Critically think and problem solve in an empirical manner as evidenced by the ability to use the scientific method, evaluate research findings, conduct applied research and use results to address challenges in the workplace and society at large.
  • Exhibit ethically and socially responsible behavior in industrial settings through an understanding of needs of diverse individuals in complex multicultural global environments.
  • Demonstrate written, oral and interpersonal communication skills required of organizational psychology professionals.
  • Define and adopt a professional identity, as well as appreciation and commitment to on-going professional development, as evidenced by applying organizational-psychology-specific content to career goals, self-efficacy and self-regulation, project management, teamwork, and collaboration skills.

All Psychology students enroll in a required minor in either Applied Research or General Business. This focus complements major coursework, providing students with marketable skill sets in research design, survey instrument construction, data analysis, critical evaluation or modern business practices that employers need to make decisions. 

A required internship experience enables students to use material learned throughout the program in research or work settings, adding to their résumé and contributing to career employment possibilities. Grounded in a strong scientific foundation, graduates are ready for careers in a wide range of business, nonprofit and government occupations, as well as graduate-level education.

Organizational Psychology

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree

Psychology Foundations
PSYC2002Abnormal Psychology4.5
PSYC2030Developmental Psychology4.5
PSYC3001Social Psychology4.5
RSCH2050Workshop in Acquiring Social Research Skills4.5
Major Courses
MGMT1001Contemporary Business Management I4.5
MGMT2001Human Resource Management4.5
MGMT2020Organizational Behavior4.5
PSYC2020Industrial/Organizational Psychology4.5
PSYC2150Interpersonal Processes in the Workplace4.5
PSYC3150Applied Behavior Analysis4.5
PSYC3260Human Systems Integration4.5
PSYC3350Psychology of Motivation and Leadership in the Workplace4.5
PSYC4150Psychology of Conflict Resolution4.5
PSYC4250Contemporary & Critical Issues in Organizational Psychology4.5
Required Minor22.5
Applied Research
Statistics II
Experimental Design in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Qualitative Inquiry
Community Action Research
Integrative Applied Research Seminar
General Business
Choose five of the following:
Financial Accounting
Managerial Accounting
Spreadsheet Design for Business Solutions
The Legal Environment of Business I
Contemporary Business Management II
Principles of Marketing
Applied/Experiential Learning
CAR0010Career Management1
PSYC3099Psychology Internship *4.5
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses13.5
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning9
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities9
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT, or REL
A Survey of College Mathematics (or higher, based on student's placement)
Social Sciences9
Introductory Psychology
One course from ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI, or SOC
A&S Electives9
Two courses with an EASC attribute, at least one at 3000 level or higher.
Free Electives #
22.5 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university.22.5
Total Credits181.0

Students are required to complete a 4.5 credit internship.  Students may use up to 9.0 credits from free electives to do an internship of 9.0 or 13.5 credits. 

Visit Courses by Subject Code for a listing of all campus courses.

‡HUM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
^BIO courses are not offered in North Miami, Charlotte or Online.
±CHM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
°PHY courses are not offered in Charlotte or Online.
°°ANTH courses are not offered in North Miami or Charlotte.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credit can be applied to a number of options such as Directed Experiential Education (DEE), Internship, Minor or Study Abroad. Students are strongly encouraged to contact an advisor before scheduling free elective credits.

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills. These writing skills will be assessed at the completion of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Study Abroad programs offer a variety of options for major, Arts & Science and elective credit at many price points for students during the academic year and summer. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications.