Are you interested in knowing what motivates a person to perform well at a job, or what qualities a company needs to look for to make a great hire? Today’s businesses and organizations need professionals who understand human behavior, group dynamics and how to make the workplace function better. A major in Organizational Psychology from Rider University will help prepare you for a career in one of America’s fastest-growing professions
Organizational Psychology Overview
Rider University’s program is one of just a handful in the nation offering a unique interdisciplinary major that combines business and psychology. This versatile degree can have a real impact on an organization’s bottom line by helping to improve employee satisfaction and job performance.
Majors in this program will gain a comprehensive understanding of the important contributions that organizational psychology plays in today’s workplace.
About the Program
The Organizational Psychology program focuses on the behavioral aspects of managing and supervising the human resources of an organization or business. You will learn the key concepts of management and psychology, including perception and attitudes, employee motivation and engagement, and organizational leadership and power — and gain an in-depth understanding of what makes employees and organizations function at their best.
As an Organizational Psychology major, you will:
- Develop a comprehensive understanding of human behavior in work settings
- Learn how to enhance performance within an organization or business
- Benefit from networking and gain real-world experience through internships and other professional opportunities
- Bachelor of Arts (BA) option
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) option
One Major, Two Degree Options
Because this unique major combines the studies of business and psychology, Rider students can pursue this major through either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) at the College of Business Administration.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks Industrial-Organizational Psychology at the top of its list of 20-fastest growing occupations, with a projected growth rate of 53 percent between now and 2022.
Organizational psychologists are in demand because their expertise results in better hires, increased productivity, reduced turnover and lower labor costs. They can work as consultants to organizations, or serve in-house in a variety of jobs, including:
- Human resource officer
- Employee development manager
- Organizational development director
- Quality performance manager
- Organizational psychologist
- Testing specialist
- Compensation and benefits specialist
In addition to the business, psychology and communication courses shown below, the B.A. in Organizational Psychology includes the core curriculum required of all students in Rider’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.