Human Resource Management Major

Want to work in the "people" field?

Do you want to work in one of the fastest-growing careers for business majors? Have the flexibility to work in any industry? Then consider Nichols Human Resource Business major . . .

Through the Human Resource Management program, you will be prepared for a wide range of employment opportunities, including . . .

How do we prepare you?

By giving you access to . . .

Instruction from professors with real-world experience

The Human Resource program chair and faculty bring extensive human resource experience to their classes including . . .

Networking Opportunities

Internship Leads to Job

When I began interning at EMC, I oversaw the intern/co-op program which hosts more than 500 students each year. My internship really helped me to get in the door at EMC, where I am now working as an Associate Program Manager. My HR classes helped prepare me for some of the basics of my job such as interviewing skills, writing job descriptions, and recruiting. In addition, during my senior year, my HR Seminar class focused on international issues. This was very helpful since EMC is a global company with 50,000 employees worldwide. Being president of the HR Club helped develop my leadership skills and ability to multitask while juggling classes and other work.

Katie Swank ‘12, Intern, EMC; Associate Program Manager/Intern & Co-op Recruiter, EMC

Career Success

The HR classes prepared me more than I ever thought possible. The professors in this program teach the foundations and then share normal applications to everyday life. During my first year as a HR Associate, I was able to impress my supervisors immediately because my professors had prepared me for what I would encounter. If you are passionate about people and business results, consider HR. HR stretches all boundaries and isn't industry specific, so your opportunities are limitless.

Kristin Mason-Paszkewicz ’07, Sr. HR Business Partner, Boston Scientific


Career Opportunities

Human Resource Management grads are currently employed at the following companies . . .


Human Resource Management majors must complete 121 credit hours (approximately 40 courses), including courses from the foundation and business core curricula, focused electives and these required specialization courses:

HRM 213
Human Resource Management
3 Hours, 1 Semester

This course introduces students to the fundamental practices involved in effective human resource management, such as recruiting, performance evaluation, compensation, employment law, and employee rights. HR theory and practice is emphasized within the context of improving organizational productivity and developing employee potential.
Prerequisite: MGMT 100

HRM 305
Labor Economics
3 Hours, 1 Semester

Labor Economics deals with labor markets, the arrangement under which firms demand workers and the workers supply their labor. Labor is demanded because of its productivity in producing goods and services. Labor is supplied for monetary as well as non-monetary reasons, such as stability of employment, job safety, and opportunity for advancement. Special course attention is given to recent developments affecting the market, including technology, international competitiveness, minimum wage legislation, union activities, income distribution, and ethical issues. 
Prerequisites: ECON 221 and ECON 222

HRM 343
Assessing Staffing and Employment Law
3 Hours, 1 Semester

Today’s organizations must compete globally and their most important asset for success is a highly competent and effective workforce. This course focuses on how top businesses attract, hire, and retain the best and the brightest talent while respecting and protecting civil and employment rights.
Prerequisite: HRM 213

HRM 344
Developing and Motivating Human Potential
3 Hours, 1 Semester

Hiring qualified talent is no guarantee that these employees will achieve their potential. Without nurturing, much of this talent will remain untapped and wasted. High performing workforces are the result of continuous development and effective motivational strategy. Based on sound motivational theory, this course examines why people work and what organizations should know and do in order to create winning teams.
Prerequisite: HRM 213

HRM 443
Compensation and Benefits
3 Hours, 1 Semester

This course examines the relationship between rewards and performance on the job. Students will learn about the issues that influence how organizations set pay and benefits policies including executive bonus and deferred compensation plans. They will also examine how compensation differs by job level and by job location and how these factors contribute to decisions regarding outsourcing and off-shoring of jobs.
Prerequisite: HRM 213

HRM 480
Seminar in Human Resource Management
3 Hours, 1 Semester

This seminar is a senior-level capstone course for human resource management students. A case study approach will be used to explore the major current issues in human resource management and bring together the general concepts and ethical dimensions studied in earlier coursework in the program. Students construct a semester-long research project and are guided in developing sophisticated information resource research skills and utilizing various research methodologies. The capstone project is designed to acquaint students with current human resource management professional literature and develop critical information literacy skills.
Prerequisite: HRM 443

HRM 490
Internship in Human Resource Management
3 Hours, 1 Semester

The Internship in Human Resource Management will afford students an opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired in the classroom to practical situations at the internship site. Students will gain an appreciation for the dynamic nature of the workplace and will have an opportunity to participate in the implementation of human resource programs. Library research and reading assignments will underscore the need for life-long professional development and learning in order to meet new challenges in this rapidly changing field of management.
Prerequisites: HRM 343 and HRM 344


Internships are an essential component of the HR Program, giving you the chance to explore different roles and make valuable professional contacts.

College Catalog

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Key Faculty
Libba Moore
  • Libba Moore
  • Program Chair

Questions about the Human Resource Management Program? Contact Professor Libba Moore, Program Chair, at or 508-213-2123.