Human Resource Management

How can I attract and retain the very best employees? How do I motivate employees to do their best? What kind of benefits should I offer my employees? Which of my employees should receive a promotion? How do I make sure our workplace is in compliance with all federal and state regulations? A degree in human resource management will help you answer these questions and many more!

The Management Department, within the School of Business, has a faculty dedicated to the success of our students. With small class sizes, students get the opportunity to interact with faculty, enhancing the learning experience.

A human resource management degree offers a unique level of flexibility for career options. For example:

  • HR Generalist/Specialist

  • Employee Relations

  • Consultant

  • Chief Talent Officer

  • HR Analyst

Human Resource Management major should have good people skills and enjoy working with others to solve problems.

Advisement within the major is available for many career options

  • Graduate School (Master’s, Doctorate)
  • Retail
  • Banks
  • Hospital and Healthcare

B.B.A. with Major in Human Resource Management (120 hours)

1. Completion of the B.B.A. Common Requirements – 102 hours

2. MGT 352, 353, 359, 452, and 469 – 15 hours

3. One School of Business elective – 3 hours

Minor in Human Resource Management (18 hours)

1. Completion of MGT 351, 352, 353, 359, 452, 460, and 469 – 18 hours

Collateral in Human Resource Management (12 hours)

1. Four from MGT 352, 353, 359, 452, or 469 – 12 hours

Course Descriptions

351 - Management of Organizations

Prerequisite: None
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credits: 3 hrs.

Principles of management, emphasizing the managerial functions of planning and decision-making, organizing, leading, and controlling. Fundamental organizational principles and organizational theory are presented with emphasis on how they affect the management of organizations, domestic and international.

352 - Organizational Behavior

Prerequisite: 351
Offered: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3 hrs.

Study of individuals and small groups within organizations. Topics include personality, leadership, motivation, decision making, groups and teams, behavioral effects of control systems and structural design, and organizational culture.

353 - Human Resource Management

Prerequisite: 351
Offered: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3 hrs.

A survey course providing students an introduction to the key functions in the field of human resource management. The course stresses the relevance of strategic HRM to organizational operation and its use in support of strategic organizational goals. Topics include legal issues, recruitment, selection, training, performance appraisal, compensation, benefits, and organizational discipline.

359 - Employment Law and Labor Relations

Prerequisite: 351
Offered: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3 hrs.

A study of employment laws that have a substantial impact on business and the workplace. The course will cover laws that prohibit discrimination in the workplace such as those under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; protect employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and Occupational Safety and Health Act; and regulate the relationship between management and organized labor.

452 - Advanced Human Resource Management

Prerequisite: 353
Offered: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3 hrs.

Focuses on three subareas of Human Resource Management: 1) Equal Employment Opportunity, 2) Wage and Salary Administration, and 3) Recruitment and Selection. Course covers state and federal legislation impacting all topics and exposes students to mechanics of the three areas and how they operate within the firm.

469 - Strategic Human Resource Management

Prerequisite: 353
Offered: Fall
Credits: 3 hrs.

A study of current topics and trends in strategic human resource management. The course will cover topics such as compensation and benefits, worker safety, and the role of human resource management as a strategic partner to the organization among others.

Flow Chart Human Resource Management

Quick Facts: Human Resources Specialists

2019 Median Pay

$61,920 per year

$29.77 per hour

Typical Entry-Level Education

Bachelor’s degree

Work Experience in a Related Occupation


On-the-job Training


Number of Jobs, 2018


Job Outlook, 2018-28


Employment Change, 2018-28