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Human Resource Management

Human resource management is a growing field and is one of the best paid in America.

What is human resource management (HRM)?

The goals of human resource management are the more efficient and effective utilization of human resources in order to achieve the strategic objective of the organization while facilitating the accomplishment of individual goals.

The means to achieving the goals of HRM are accomplished by developing a knowledge base in job analysis, human resource planning, recruitment, selection, training and development, compensation and benefits, human resource management law, labor relations, and continuous quality improvement processes.

Where is human resource management used?

Graduates of the program are prepared to begin their careers in the human resource departments of corporations, government agencies, unions, and other private and public organizations. They are employed as recruiters, compensation specialists, job analysts, grievance handlers, arbitration managers, negotiators, safety directors, and training coordinators.

What is the job outlook?

According to various publications and reports including the Occupations Outlook Handbook, Occupational Briefs, Occupations in Demand, and the Employment Training Report of the President, there is a positive future for persons entering the field of HRM.

The number of HRM professionals is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years because of an increased awareness of the costs and benefits of effective human resource practices.

The U.S. Department of Labor projects the job outlook in human resource management for coming years is better than the overall growth in jobs for the economy as a whole. They project a strong demand for entry-level jobs in the HRM field throughout the next decade. The outlook is very strong for jobs in selected areas dealing with total quality management (TQM), quality circles, world-class management, and other participative management programs.

What is the human resource program at Shippensburg?

HRM is a four-year, interdisciplinary program of the Department of Management and Marketing in the John L. Grove College of Business, leading to a B.S.B.A. degree. This program of study shows the interrelationship of management and labor through the study of theory, principles, techniques, and applications of sound labor relations policies. The human resource management concentration covers the fields of personnel management, industrial relations, and training. The program is designed to provide students with a solid understanding of the broad range of knowledge in the field. The courses emphasize both the theoretical aspects and the practical skills needed for success in the field. By careful selection of elective courses, students can design a program that suits their individual career interests and also provides a specialization of knowledge.

The HRM program includes student participation in demonstrations of union-management interaction. Through these demonstrations, students receive a realistic insight into various labor relations procedures and become acquainted with pertinent laws that human resource managers work with, such as discrimination, sexual harassment, and Title VII.

What kinds of courses will I take?

Students in the HRM program take the core curriculum required of all John L. Grove College of Business administration students. These courses include accounting, finance, information systems, marketing, economics, business law, production, organizational behavior, and others to give you a broad business background.

In addition to these courses there are both required courses and electives in the major. The required courses include:

  • MGT 340 Human Resource Management
  • MGT 342 Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining 
  • MGT 346 Human Resource Management Law
  • MGT 348 Compensation Administration

The elective courses allow the student to tailor his or her interest in specific areas or to select a broad sampling of courses to further explore the field. Students must select a total of six credit hours from the following courses. The elective courses include:

  • MGT 349 International Human Resource Management
  • MGT 368 Senior Seminar I 
  • MGT 370 International Business
  • MGT 394 Leadership and Decision-Making
  • MGT 431 Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • MGT 432 Entrepreneurship
  • MGT 433 Small Business Management
  • MIS 300 Business Technology and Business Operations
  • FIN 324 Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits

Can other majors take these courses?

Because of the universal applicability of the nature of the courses, they make excellent free electives. Everyone in any organization can use peoplehandling skills and organizational dynamics. HRM courses provide the student with such opportunities for learning.

Where can I get more information?

Dr. William Oberman, Chair 
Department of Management and Marketing
224 Grove Hall Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299
Fax: 717-477-4068

John L. Grove College of Business

The John L. Grove College of Business is accredited by the AACSB International