Human Resource Management


Today’s work environment requires human resource professionals to be key partners in helping organizations achieve their goals. Selecting, developing, training, and retaining the right individuals for the right jobs are essential to achieving an organization’s success.

This major is an interdisciplinary program housed within the Department of Psychology and designed for students who seek a career in the Human Resource Management field. Students are prepared to handle responsibilities involving recruitment, selection, training, employee engagement, organizational communication, global and cultural effectiveness, and other HRM activities. Opportunities for employment are found in the private sector, not-for-profit organizations, and in state and local government.

Students in the program will learn the essential functions of the human resources professional, as well as organizational psychology and business concepts, and will demonstrate an understanding of the principles of human resource management. Emphasis is placed on direct skill development and application with most courses taught by faculty with applied work experience, including HR.  The curriculum is designed to align with the key competencies and content areas identified by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). 

The Human Resource Management major is offered to students in the usual 16-week format. This traditional format is offered through the College of Education and Social Sciences.

The Human Resource Management major is also offered in 8-week courses. Courses in this accelerated format are designed for those students for whom evening classes are more convenient.  Some online and blended (combined online and face-to-face) courses are also offered. The accelerated HRM major is offered through the School of Graduate, Professional, and Continuing Education.