Human Resource Management

Businesses change, evolve, and grow stronger, and human resources play a key role in that cycle of success. 

With a well-rounded business degree grounded in the liberal arts, you can become a Human Resources professional and use your problem-solving skills and natural curiosity to build a workplace that is able to thrive amid change and adversity. 

Ambrose Advantages

  • Faculty with real-world experience
  • Learn in our newly-renovated McMullen Hall
  • Required internship provides professional experience

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Your education focuses on more than human resources management. Business, ethics, and leadership are key to your success as an HR professional, so we've weaved those courses and lessons throughout your studies. Supportive, attentive faculty from the College of Business help you build your strengths throughout the program, which culminates with a capstone experience and an internship.

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What Will I Learn?

As a broad discipline, human resources help companies and organizations manage their workforce. That includes:

  • change management
  • compensation and benefits
  • employee and labor relations
  • training and skill development
  • employment law
  • and workplace health, safety and security among others.

What Are Some Job Outcomes?

This is a job-ready degree that prepares you to make valuable contributions to your employer immediately following graduation. 

Given the ever-changing and ever-expanding requirements for businesses to be compliant with OSHA and EEOC, businesses need educated HR professionals to navigate and meet those requirements.

It's common practice to take an HR certification exam after graduation -- from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) or Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) -- to further signify your knowledge and ability to strengthen businesses and the workforce.

All of your SAU coursework, capstone experience, and internship(s) prepare you to sit for either exam before you graduate so you're ready to hit the ground running. Click here to learn about SHRM certification and here for HRCI certification


Jason Senjem, PhD, Assoc. Professor, Program Director

Monica Forret, PhD, Professor
Jessica Greenwald, PhD, Assoc. Professor
David O'Connell, PhD, Professor
Jennifer Palar, PhD, Asst. Professor

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management

Read course descriptions in the online Course Catalog

Business Core:
ACCT 201 Financial Accounting
ACCT 202 Managerial Accounting
BUS 201 Legal Environment in Business
ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics
FNCE 300 Principles of Finance
INTL 400 International Experiential Portfolio
MGMT 210 Principles of Management
MGMT 449 Strategic Management and Policy
MKTG 209 Principles of Marketing
PHIL 305 Business Ethics
STBE 137 Quantitative Reasoning in Business
STBE 237 Statistics for Business and Economics

Major-Specific Courses:
MGMT 233 Operations and Supply Chain Management
MGMT 320 Human Resource Management
WI-MGMT 325 Leadership in Organizations
MGMT 332 Organizational Theory and Behavior
HRM 340 Employment Law
HRM 341 Human Resource Management Internship
HRM 410 People Analytics
HRM 440 Strategic HR Capstone

Electives (choose 3 courses):
ECON 321 Labor Economics
MGMT 315 Women in Business
PSYC 323 Personality Theories
PSYC 332 Psychological Tests and Measurements
WI-PSYC 314 Human Motivation

WI=writing intensive

Plan to Graduate

This is the suggested 4-year plan to graduate with a BA in Human Resource Management.

This plan assumes the student has not taken three years of foreign language in high school.

Year One

Fall CoursesCreditsSpring CoursesCredits
ENGL 101 Composition 3 PSYC 105 Intro to Psychology 3
STBE 137 Quantitative Reasoning in Business 3 ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
THEO 100/200 3 PHIL 100/200 3
MGMT 210 Principles of Management 3 COMM 203 Interpersonal Communication 3
Humanities 3 ACCT 201 Financial Accounting 3
New Student Seminar 1 InfoLit 1
Total 16 Total 16

Year Two

Fall CoursesCreditsSpring CoursesCredits
ACCT 202 Managerial Accounting 3 Foreign Language 102 3
ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 FNCE 300 Principles of Finance 3
Foreign Language 101 3 STBE 237 Stats for Business 3
MKTG 209 Principles of Marketing 3 MGMT 233 Supply Chain Mgmt 3
BUS 201 3 Elective 3
KIN Activity 1 KIN 149 Wellness 1
Total 16 Total 16

Year Three

Fall CoursesCreditsSpring CoursesCredits
MGMT 320 Human Resource Management 3 HRM 410 People Analytics 3
MGMT 332 Org. Theory and Behavior 3 Humanities 3
*HRM Elective 3 THEO/PHIL Elective 3
Natural Science 3 HRM 341 Internship 3
Creative Arts 3
INTL 400 Experiential Portfolio 1
Total 16 Total 12

Year Four

Fall CoursesCreditsSpring CoursesCredits
WI-MGMT 325 Leadership in Organizations 3 *HRM Elective 3
HRM 340 Employment Law 3 HRM 440 Strategic HR Capstone 3
HRM 449 Strategic Management 3 Electives 7
*HRM Elective 3
Elective 3
Total 15 Total 13

WI=writing intensive

*HRM Electives:
ECON 321, MGMT 315, PSYC 314, PSYC 323 or PSYC 332

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