2020-2021 University Catalog

Business and Organizational Psychology

The Business & Organizational Psychology program of Multnomah University exists to prepare professionals that are highly skilled and technically competent, allowing for significant and meaningful contributions to the organizations they may serve, whether for-profit or not-for-profit. This is accomplished by significant exposure to general education and Biblical & theological studies which support, inform, and strengthen the curriculum.

Successes within organizations require an understanding and mastery of concepts such as integrity, ethics and stewardship / sustain-ability. These concepts are developed from a Biblical perspective and integrated across the business and psychology courses. Both business and psychology is a vocation, a calling of God. Students in this program will learn the Biblical underpinnings of this concept and be able to articulate it to others and to integrate it into their daily lives. This understanding is foundational to developing a world view that allows students to become persons who are intentional, focused and engaged in expanding the Kingdom through the expression of their God-given gifts.

Representing one of the fastest-growing applications of psychology, business & organizational psychology professionals work with organizations to leverage the impact that an understanding of human behavior can have on overall organizational effectiveness. Business organizational psychology is the study and practice of improving working life. It combines an understanding of human behavior with experience of the organizational world of work with the goal to attain effective and sustainable performance for both individuals and organizations.

Business & organizational psychology investigates how to make people and organizations more effective. It uses social science research methods to study people, workplaces and organizations in order to better align their multiple and sometimes competing needs. Its goal is to create healthy and productive relationships between people and organizations for mutual benefit.

Program Outcomes

The goal of Multnomah University’s Business & Organizational Psychology Program is to develop graduates who:

  • Demonstrate an ability to think Biblically relative to aspects of business and psychology integrating concepts of ethical conduct and stewardship in analysis, evaluation and decision-making. (OP1)
  • Communicate how the vocations of business and psychology serve and advance the Kingdom of God as well as the Church and general community. (OP2)
  • Recognize and describe the major concepts in the functional areas of accounting, marketing, finance, and management. (OP3)
  • Recognize and describe the major concepts within organizational psychology. (OP4)
  • Critique and apply psychological theories and findings. (OP5)
  • Describe and evaluate the legal, social, and economic environments of business and psychology. (OP6)
  • Describe the ethical obligations and responsibilities of business and psychological research. (OP7)
  • Construct and present effective oral and written forms of professional communication. (OP8)
  • Apply knowledge of business concepts and functions in an integrated manner. (OP9)

In addition to meeting all the B.A. degree requirements including general education and the Bible core, the Business Organizational Psychology student must complete the listed major requirements.

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