Human Resources Management

As the role of an HR professional within the workforce changes, students will need to adapt their skill sets in order to land these lucrative and prestigious positions. Our Human Resources Management major is intended to provide students with the relevant skills to address these areas and to succeed as the highest performers in this burgeoning field.

Employment of HR managers (median annual pay of $121,220) is projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030 – faster than the average of all occupations. This is not by accident – as advancements are made in best practices and new technologies within Human Resource Departments, companies are willing to pay up to find the most talented individuals available, as they recognize the value of having highly talented people in those positions. HR managers have a tremendously valuable impact not just on the companies they work for, but on individual co-workers within the organization, and play an integral role in the modern economy.

The increasingly focused skill set desired by major employers is no longer served by general business degrees. In today’s economy, it is essential that aspiring HR professionals receive training and experience in coordinating the administrative functions of an organization, hiring and training employees, handling inter-company disputes, working with HR software, and other skills that will be important to their job on day one.

When conducting meetings with large scale employers throughout the country, we learned a very simple truth: companies want well-rounded graduates that have received a diverse education but can also perform a specific skill at a high level. Employers are well aware that the best employees are those who can think critically, learn quickly, problem solve, strategize, and operate with degrees of freedom within the business. However, their hiring needs at the entry-level are increasingly specialized – they need employees who can perform specific tasks reliably from day one.

Our Human Resource Management major is structured to fulfill both of these desired specifications. Graduates from this program will be able to point to specific skills they have learned and developed in HR that will allow them to stand out amongst all applicants.


Key Facts
  • $121,220 per year Median Annual Salary
  • Growth 9% (above average)
  • In a position of influence
  • Different day to day tasks
  • Every single company needs HR
  • HR Specialist is ranked #14 by U.S. News and World Report for best business jobs (2021)
  • 80% of U.S. small businesses now use HR software, or plan to use it in the next one to two years
  • 77% of professionals have experienced burnout at their current job
  • Demand for recruiting professionals has jumped by 63% since 2016
Career Options
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Payroll Specialist
  • Training Coordinator
  • Employee Relations Manager
  • Compensation Specialist
Courses & Objectives

Hybrid program:

  • Developed in conjunction with the Lower Cost Models for Independent Colleges Consortium, a national consortium of private colleges.
  • The LCMC partnership allows students to earn PSC credit toward job-focused degree programs.
  • Courses are designed by top academics, reviewed by industry leaders, and taught by qualified faculty from other colleges within the consortium.

Course Requirements – Approx. 54-66 Hours

Human Resources Core – 18 Hours

  • Intro to Human Resource Management

HRM I – Training & Development

HRM II – Total Compensation Management

HRM III – Employment and Labor Law

HRM IV – Human Resource Risk Management

  • Organizational Behavior or Organizational Communication

Business Major Requirements – Approx. 30-42 Hours

This section of the major simply consists of your college’s existing Business major core courses. Typically, this includes:

  • Accounting / Finance
  • Business Communication
  • Business Law
  • Business Management / Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Micro / Macro Economics
  • Capstone / Internship

Cognate Requirements – 6 Hours

  • Math (Pre-calculus or higher)
  • Statistics

Suggested Electives – Approx. 0-6 Hours

  • Business Ethics
  • Intro to Sociology
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Leadership & Motivation
  • Public Relations