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Interdisciplinary Studies - Business Psychology
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Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts: Interdisciplinary Studies - Business Psychology

Interdisciplinary Studies recognizes that academic disciplines do not exist in a vacuum, that to fully understand a subject one must move beyond the silos of the individual disciplines and integrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are to be found in related, complementary academic subjects. Thus the student will study at least two different subjects in the Interdisciplinary program, looking for connections between them.

About the Concentration:

Business Administration & Management and Psychology are the first and second most popular undergraduate majors in the U.S., and for good reasons. By studying business, you will gain the administrative and management skills that can be applied in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Studying psychology teaches you the intellectual and personal skills necessary to understand human behavior and the human mind. It also helps you learn how to see the world and people from different perspectives. Business Psychology majors receive the best of both disciplines and learn how to effect change in individuals, groups and organizations—as a result, enhancing human and organizational performance.

The Business Psychology degree will also give you insights into the application of behavioral and motivational models to the workplace. A strong emphasis is placed on effective management competencies in areas like communication, teamwork, leadership, problem solving, decision making, time management, resource management and critical reflection.

The program also prepares students to pursue graduate study in the field of industrial/organizational psychology, a branch of psychology that studies how businesses function and develops methods to create more effective work environments as well as traditional MBA programs.

Learning Goals, Assessment, and Requirements


Required Business and Economics Courses:

BUS 208 Accounting Principles 4
BUS 210 Principles of Management 4
BUS 220 Principles of Marketing 4
BUS 491 Strategic Management                   4
ECO 101S Principles of Macroeconomics                              
ECO 102S Principles of Microeconomics 4
ECO 230 Behavioral Economics 4

Select one course from the following:

BUS 310 Human Resources Management 4
BUS 311 Management and Organizational Behavior 4
BUS 320 Consumer Behavior 4

Select one course from the following:

BUS 335 International Business 4
BUS 336 International Management                        4
BUS 337 International Marketing 4
Required Psychology Courses:
PSY 101S General Psychology 4
PSY 247 The Psychology of Leadership 4
PSY 317 I/0 Personnel Psychology 4
PSY 400 Research Methods in Psychology                    4

Required Mathematics Course:
Select one course from the following:

MAT 120M   Introductory Statistics 4
MAT 220   Data Analysis 4
PSY 275   Statistical Applications to Psychology                         4
BUS 101S Business and Society 4
BUS 350 Social Marketing 4
MAT 132M Pre-Calculus 4
PSY 327 Diversity and Multiculturalism                        4
PSY 347 The Psychology of Persuasion 4
Foreign Languages

*NOTE: A grade of C- or above must be earned in all Business and Economic courses.

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For specific information about world language requirements and expectations, see the General Education Requirements in the Academic Programs section of this catalog.

For specific information about general education requirements and expectations, see the General Education Requirements in the Academic Programs section of this catalog.


Learning Goals, Assessment, and Requirements

Business Psychology Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • understand basic business models and terminology.
  • understand the functions and operations of domestic and global markets.
  • understand psychological theory and research.
  • understand how psychology enhances business decision making.
  • demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology and business.
  • articulate a clear and plausible career narrative that illuminates the potential relevance of their experiences in the business psychology program to business or post-graduate professional development.
  • become autonomous learners, bringing knowledge and skills learned in one area to enhance and integrate complex decision making in related areas.
  • apply knowledge of human psychology to better understand human resource issues like employee relations, training and development, financial compensation and performance reviews.

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