This program is designed to develop in students a comprehensive knowledge of human resource (HR) management along with the skills necessary for implementing strategic, effective, and legally defensible HR practices in contemporary business organizations. Human resource professionals operate in a dynamic and changing world, managing the organization’s relationship with its employees. They develop and manage people, practices, and policies to ensure that they produce employee attitudes, skills, behaviors, and performance that companies need to achieve their strategic goals. They are commonly responsible for recruiting, hiring, onboarding, training and developing, evaluating performance, compensating, providing benefits, counseling, and terminating employees. HR Professionals are employed in every industry and are an essential partner in an organization’s strategic vision for the future and for ensuring the right people are in place. It is essential that an HR professional learn and master key knowledge, skills, and abilities including critical thinking, confidentiality, change management, communication, negotiation and conflict management, business acumen, interpersonal skills, organizational skills, and fairness. In addition to the All-University Core Curriculum, course work for a concentration in Human Resource Management includes the College of Business Core and various management electives that allow the student to structure a program around his or her educational and/or career interests.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and skills necessary to assume entry-level HR positions in preparation for pursuing careers in a wide variety of organizations and industries
  • Knowledge and skills to develop and implement HR practices in a strategic, legal, and ethical manner
  • Understanding of HR’s role in the efficient and effective operations of organizations and their human resources
  • The ability to create and manage HR practices that respect and encourage diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Potential Occupations

Some examples include, but are not limited to the following: Human Resource Assistant, Recruiter, Labor Relations Specialist, Human Resource Manager, Employee Benefits Manager, Training and Development Manager, Employee Relations Manager, Compensation Analyst, Human Resources Consultant, Job Analyst.

The College of Business requires a minimum grade point average of 2.000 in business and economics courses as a graduation requirement. 

Effective Fall 2017

BUS 100Introduction to Business 1
BUS 2011Foundations of Sustainable Enterprise 1
CIS 200Business Information Systems 3
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)3C3
MATH 141Calculus in Management Sciences (GT-MA1)1B3
Arts and Humanities3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A4
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Electives 9
 Total Credits 33
ACT 210Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
ACT 220Introduction to Managerial Accounting 3
BUS 2201Ethics in Contemporary Organizations (GT-AH3)3B3
BUS 300Business Writing and Communication (GT-CO3)23
ECON 204Principles of Macroeconomics (GT-SS1)3C3
STAT 204Statistics for Business Students 3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Electives 6
 Total Credits 30
All freshman and sophomore required courses must be completed prior to or concurrent with first enrollment in required junior and senior courses.   
BUS 260Social-Ethical-Regulatory Issues in Business 3
MGT 301Supply Chain Management 3
MGT 310Human Resource Management 3
MGT 320Contemporary Management Principles/Practices 3
MGT 350Employment Relations: The Legal Environment 3
MGT 474Human Resource Planning and Development 3
Electives 12
 Total Credits 30
BUS 479Strategic Management4A,4C3
FIN 3002Principles of Finance4A,4B3
MGT 374Total Rewards and Performance Management 3
MKT 3002Marketing4B3
Select three courses from the following: 9
Leadership and Organizational Behavior  
Leading High Performance Teams  
Employment Relations: Labor and Management  
Negotiation and Conflict Management  
Electives3 6
 Total Credits 27
 Program Total Credits: 120

Students are not to utilize the satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) grading option for any Business concentration course or any Business core course (Business and non-Business subject codes) except when a course only allows S/U grading.

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
To Declare this Major:  Business is a controlled major:  students are admitted into the major only if they meet established academic standards. Please see competitive major requirements or the advisor in Department for more information. 
To prepare for first semester:  The curriculum for the Business Administration - Human Resources Management concentration assumes students will be able to successfully complete calculus within their first year.  

Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
BUS 100Introduction to Business X 1
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A4
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   17
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BUS 201Foundations of Sustainable Enterprise   1
CIS 200Business Information Systems   3
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)X 3C3
MATH 141Calculus in Management Sciences (GT-MA1)X 1B3
Electives   6
BUS 100 and CO 150 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   16
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ACT 210Introduction to Financial AccountingX  3
BUS 220Ethics in Contemporary Organizations (GT-AH3)  3B3
BUS 300Business Writing and Communication (GT-CO3) X23
ECON 204Principles of Macroeconomics (GT-SS1)X 3C3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
CIS 200 must be completed by the end of Semester 3.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ACT 220Introduction to Managerial AccountingX  3
STAT 204Statistics for Business Students   3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Electives    6
BUS 300 must be completed by the end of Semester 4.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BUS 260Social-Ethical-Regulatory Issues in Business   3
MGT 301Supply Chain ManagementX  3
MGT 310Human Resource ManagementX  3
MGT 320Contemporary Management Principles/PracticesX  3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MGT 350Employment Relations: The Legal Environment   3
MGT 474Human Resource Planning and Development   3
Electives   9
 Total Credits   15
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
FIN 300Principles of FinanceX 4A,4B3
MGT 374Total Rewards and Performance ManagementX  3
Select two courses from the following:   6
Leadership and Organizational Behavior    
Leading High Performance Teams    
Employment Relations: Labor and Management    
Negotiation and Conflict Management    
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BUS 479Strategic ManagementX 4A,4C3
Select one of the following courses not previously taken:X  3
Leadership and Organizational Behavior    
Leading High Performance Teams    
Employment Relations: Labor and Management    
Negotiation and Conflict Management    
MKT 300MarketingX 4B3
ElectiveX  3
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   12
 Program Total Credits:   120