Human Resource Management

In order to achieve sustainable competitive advantage, organizations must attract, develop, and retain their human capital. With support from top management, Human Resources (HR) is responsible for this process. Not surprisingly, the demand for well-trained HR professionals has been rising over the last decade. Employment of human resources specialists is projected to grow 10-15 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.

The Human Resource Management Major

SHRM Academically Aligned for 2020-2025The Human Resource Management (HRM) major fully aligns with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. SHRM is the global professional association/network for HR professionals, with more than 300,000 members from over 165 countries. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2017 and 2020, our HRM program was recognized by SHRM to be fully aligned with its HR curriculum standards.

In addition to accumulating knowledge and skills in the B.S.B.A. core curriculum, students completing the HRM major will gain greater understanding of:

  • The effects of external factors and organizational strategy on HR practices;
  • Government legislation impacting HR practices;
  • The impact of staffing on organizational performance;
  • Developing effective training modules and evaluating their outcomes;
  • The impact of various compensation and benefits plans on employee recruitment and retention;
  • The importance of designing effective performance management systems to drive organizational performance;
  • Using HR analytics to evaluate HR practices; and
  • Creating and delivering HR products to clients.

By accumulating these competencies, students will increase the likelihood of attaining HR-related certifications before graduation, such as the SHRM-CP. In addition, students are encouraged to join our student chapter of SHRM and participate in SHRM-sponsored case competitions. Ultimately, the Human Resource Management major prepares students for a successful career in HR or admission into top-tier graduate programs in HR (e.g., Master in Industrial and Labor Relations).

Recent graduates of our Human Resource Management program are employed throughout the United States at the following organizations: Boston Consulting Group, IBM, KPMG, Amazon, Bank of America, XPO, Forrester, Fidelity Investments, Accenture, Liberty Mutual, Voyager Therapeutics, and Elon University. Our alumni are actively engaged with the program and often serve as guest speakers in HRM classes or during SHRM chapter events.

Human Resource Management Degree Requirements

For more information about the Human Resource Management major, contact Dr. Brian Lyons at

Perspectives on Human Resource Management