Human Resource Management

 

What is human resource management?

Effective human resource management is critical in the operation of businesses, government agencies, industry and not-for-profit organizations. Human resources staff help their firms to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world, especially as the legal environment becomes more complex.

Do you see yourself as someone who can lead others to success? Maybe you’d like to change the face of an organization, creating a more inspiring workplace. With a human resources degree, you’ll develop the confidence and determination to become a key factor in administering your organization's staff. At SMWC, you will be prepared for a variety of human resources jobs by learning how to:

  • Analyze the needs of an organization and develop creative solutions
  • Evaluate the work environment to increase effectiveness and add value
  • Oversee training, safety and wellness of an organization’s employees
  • Enact comprehensive strategies for employee management

With our general business core, you will develop your ability to manage a broad variety of corporate challenges, while specific HRM coursework shows you how to think conceptually about the dynamic world of management.

SHRM - Society for Human Resource Management

SHRM Certified

The Human Resource Management program at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is certified by the Society for Human Resource Management, an internationally recognized leader in HR certification.

Human Resource Management - (48 credit hours)

The human resources degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College requires at least 125 credit hours. In addition to the general studies courses and electives to graduate as a Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College human resource management major, you need to complete at least 48 credit hours in journalism and related courses.

Required Business Core

27 credit hours required - all courses listed.

Studies the accounting cycle leading to the development and use of financial statements. Emphasis is on the proprietorship type of business organization.

Studies accounting for corporations and introduces accounting for management decision making. Builds on the concepts of BU 121. Prerequisite: BU 121.

Surveys the various internal forces in social and business organizations from an economic viewpoint. Specific emphasis is on the relationship between a firm‘s possible form and its interaction with the consumer.

Emphasizes management functions and management systems. Enhances understanding of the managerial role and its influence on organizational performance. Facilitates understanding of managerial activities involving human, technical and conceptual skills within behavioral, classical and management science approaches.

Surveys the process of product design, packaging, pricing, advertising, distribution and sales of goods and services. Emphasizes not only management decisions made in each of these processes, but also usable management tools. Emphasis is also placed on the marketing concept of discovering and fulfilling human needs.

Studies and applies communication theory and communication as a management tool.

Focuses on the nature of law-making, the legal processes by which law is applied to resolve disputes, the value and policy that are the basis for our law and legal processes and the role of law and litigation in the conduct of everyday business affairs. Emphasis is on the fundamentals of the legal system, both philosophical and technical, which facilitate business operations and discourage or control harmful business practices. Ethical implications and standards to which business conduct should conform are considered and stressed.

Develops a basic understanding of the methods of securing and allocating financial resources within a firm. Emphasis is on financial decision making and the associated knowledge, principles and techniques. Prerequisites: BU 122 and MA 253.

Involves the use of the case method, wherein the skills learned in accounting, finance, management and marketing fields are used to analyze situations dealing with the cultural and governmental factors that influence the environment of international business. Prerequisite: senior status in business.

Management Courses

21 credit hours required: all courses listed.

Studies the processes in the personnel management system to meet human resource requirements, develop effectiveness in human resources, create a productive climate and behaviors and develop leadership and decision-making abilities to accomplish individual, organizational and societal objectives. Incorporates results of research in the behavioral sciences and stresses applications in the organizational structure. Prerequisite: BU 241.

Goes beyond the basic foundation of human resources management to focus in more detail on resources management in terms of implementing compensation, providing economic, physical and emotional security for employees, creating a productive work climate, understanding employee rights and discipline, strengthening employee-management relations and understanding global enterprises. Prerequisites: BU 241 and BU 341.

Examines individual concepts, individual-organizational interface, the organization itself and organizational processes and characteristics. Prerequisite: BU 241.

Covers various legal issues that will face those employed in the human resources field. Some of the topics which may be covered include: compensation issues, equal employment opportunities, affirmative action programs, introduction to OSHA, employment and medical testing, sexual harassment issues, employee rights to privacy, as well as some specific laws such as ADA and NLRA. Prerequisites: BU 241 and BU 371.

Covers current readings and current and directed topics in the field of human resources management that are not covered in other classes. Topics will change as the field of human resource management changes. Prerequisites: BU 341 and BU 342.

Examines the research process in business. Provides the student the opportunity for in-depth exploration of a special area of interest. Prerequisites: BU 241, BU 251 and MA 253.

Studies interracial and interethnic relations, prejudice, discrimination and the changing nature of contacts and problems generated between groups within the social institutions of multiethnic societies. The primary focus is the U.S., with use made of comparative material from several societies. Prerequisite: SO 211 or instructor‘s consent.

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

HRM Minor - (18 credit hours)

The Human Resource Management minor is not available to Business Administration majors.

Required Courses

6 credit hours required: all courses listed.

Surveys the fundamental principles of macroeconomics. Provides a working understand of the economy as a whole, noting interrelationships among concerns of contemporary society, world affairs and government fiscal and monetary policies. Fulfills general studies requirement.

Emphasizes management functions and management systems. Enhances understanding of the managerial role and its influence on organizational performance. Facilitates understanding of managerial activities involving human, technical and conceptual skills within behavioral, classical and management science approaches.

Choose four:

12 credit hours required.

Studies the processes in the personnel management system to meet human resource requirements, develop effectiveness in human resources, create a productive climate and behaviors and develop leadership and decision-making abilities to accomplish individual, organizational and societal objectives. Incorporates results of research in the behavioral sciences and stresses applications in the organizational structure. Prerequisite: BU 241.

Goes beyond the basic foundation of human resources management to focus in more detail on resources management in terms of implementing compensation, providing economic, physical and emotional security for employees, creating a productive work climate, understanding employee rights and discipline, strengthening employee-management relations and understanding global enterprises. Prerequisites: BU 241 and BU 341.

Examines individual concepts, individual-organizational interface, the organization itself and organizational processes and characteristics. Prerequisite: BU 241.

Introduces students to the world of small business and the fundamentals of effective small business management. Also may introduce selected contemporary issues affecting small business. Prerequisites: BU 121, BU 122, BU 241 and BU 251.

Covers various legal issues that will face those employed in the human resources field. Some of the topics which may be covered include: compensation issues, equal employment opportunities, affirmative action programs, introduction to OSHA, employment and medical testing, sexual harassment issues, employee rights to privacy, as well as some specific laws such as ADA and NLRA. Prerequisites: BU 241 and BU 371.

Covers current readings and current and directed topics in the field of human resources management that are not covered in other classes. Topics will change as the field of human resource management changes. Prerequisites: BU 341 and BU 342.

Examines the research process in business. Provides the student the opportunity for in-depth exploration of a special area of interest. Prerequisites: BU 241, BU 251 and MA 253.

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Practical Experience While a Student

At The Woods, we know that real-world experiences are just as valuable as classroom instruction. Through our active career development center, you will have access to exclusive internships, allowing you to roll up your sleeves and plunge into your field. You’ll explore various opportunities and work alongside experts all over the country.

You will also have the exciting opportunity to work in a groundbreaking virtual internship program. You’ll work with cutting-edge technology in a collaborative environment that embraces diverse ideas, innovative approaches and makes a positive impact in the community. Between the individual attention you’ll receive in class and the practical experience you’ll have out in the field, you’ll find yourself with endless opportunities for success at The Woods.

Internship Example

Loren Hewins ’10
Six-month Internship
Walt Disney World

Loren worked at a variety of Disney attractions, including Epcot Center, Pleasure Island and Magic Kingdom.  She received extensive training on Disney’s business methods and also received credit for completing two college courses offered by Disney.

  

With a human resources degree from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College you will be prepared for entry-level positions in the field of HRM. The liberal arts Woods Core requirements will help you become adaptive to the changing needs of the organization and to understand the environment in which the organization operates. The general core of business courses will prepare you to understand the business as a whole and the specialized courses in Human Resource Management will prepare you for a variety of human resources jobs.

Many entry-level graduates work on employee handbooks, research information about job duties, classify jobs, interview applicants, and administer employee benefits (U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2005). Senior managers are recognizing the significance and benefit of a human resource department. Managers agree that an HR Department can enhance morale and productivity and decrease job turnover by providing training and development to improve skills and increase employee satisfaction. With experience, graduates can expect a rich career beyond a human resource generalist. These include:

  • Director of Human Resources
  • Employment and Placement Managers
  • EEO Officers or Affirmative Action Coordinators
  • Employer Relations Manager,
  • Job Analyst
  • Compensation Manager
  • Director of Industrial Relations
  • Labor Relations Manager
  • Conciliator, Mediator, or Arbitrator