Undergraduate Human Resources Program

The Human Resources Studies major integrates knowledge from the human resources field, social and behavioral sciences, business, and the liberal arts. Human Resource professionals work within all industries and are concerned with recruiting, developing, and retaining a productive workplace. The changing nature of work, as influenced by social, economic, technological, and educational forces is explored both nationally and globally. The study of human resource theories and their practical applications in the workplace is an essential part of the program.

The faculty is committed to providing the highest quality learning environment to prepare students academically and practically for employment in the human resources field. In addition, students in the HRS major are expected to actively develop their own knowledge, skills, attitudes, and competencies to prepare themselves for a career in human resources. To that end, students are encouraged to demonstrate academic excellence in all coursework, make meaningful service commitments to their communities, and develop an attitude toward life-long learning. Opportunities for students to identify with and actively participate in the HR profession, such as membership in the student Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, are hallmarks of the program.

Bachelor of Science Degree

- 131 credits with 37 credits from HRS major courses

- Required Business minor

- Required portfolio documenting specific student outcomes

- Overall minimum 2.5 GPA is required in major courses

- Overall minimum 2.0 GPA is required in cognate courses

- Required internship to gain practical work experience

- National and global focus - study abroad is encouraged

- Required 80-hour service learning component

- Accelerated B.S./M.S. can be earned in a five-year period


Minor in Human Resources Studies

The student must take a minimum of 18 credits. Five courses are required: HRS 111, 112, 251, 252, and 340 plus one HRS elective.