Course Descriptions & Brief Syllabi

37:533:301 Introduction to Human Resource Management (3)

Description: While many of the tasks associated with human resource management are centered in the HR Department, all managers have HR responsibilities. This course will cover the broad range of topics associated with HR management from the perspective of the HR professional, the manager, and the employee. This course serves as the base course in both the undergraduate HRM major and minor. It will also serve to familiarize students who hope to become managers or team leaders during their careers with some of the issues they will have to deal with, such as staffing, motivating, and developing team members.
Prerequisite: None

37:533:311 Staffing (3)

Description: This course focuses on the effective management of the flow of talent into and through organizations. It covers human resource planning, recruiting and selection, career transitions and other workforce movement. An important goal of the class will be to provide opportunities to develop hands-on skills that are relevant to effectively managing talent flow.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Human Resource Management (37:533:301)

37:533:312 Training and Development (3)

Description: This interactive, theoretically anchored, and applied course is aimed at understanding the processes and practices of developing human capital. It covers how organizations train and develop their employees, performance management as an evaluative and developmental tool, and the strategic development of talent framed within the context of talent leadership.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Human Resource Management (37:533:301)

37:533:313 Compensation and Rewards (3)

Description: This course will help students understand the theoretical basis for compensation and other rewards systems and provide a practical understanding of how compensation and reward systems work. The economic, psychological and strategic aspects of rewards systems are covered. A series of exercises provide hands-on experience with major compensation and rewards practices.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Human Resource Management (37:533:301)

37:533:315 Global HRM (3)

Description: This course explores the importance of international business management in the context of international human resource management, including topics on culture, compensation and benefits, international organizations and their structures, international assignment management and the legal and regulatory considerations that global organizations face.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Human Resource Management (37:533:301)

37:533:317 Career Management (3)

Description: This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to help others manage their careers while learning how to manage their own careers. Topics will include self-assessments, motivation theory, professional skill-development, career ladders, labor market/occupational trends, market research, personal branding, job search techniques, resume writing, interviewing skills, negotiating, networking and creating work-life balance.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Human Resource Management (37:533:301)

37:533:360 HRM & Finance (3)

Description: Successful HR strategies are those that align with and support the firm’s business strategy. Successful business strategies are those that create value for the firm and its stakeholders. To be effective in their strategic partner role HR professionals must understand how firms create value and measure value creation. This course will introduce students to the interpretation of financial statements and use of discounted cash flow techniques for planning and evaluating HR and strategic investments. Particular attention will be paid to topics such as selecting the financial measures used to determine incentive pay, paying in stock versus paying in stock options, alternative models for valuing stock options, the financial and HR aspects of pension plans, and the modeling of M&A opportunities. Note: This course is designed for students without prior training in accounting or finance.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Human Resource Management (37:533:301)

37:533:321-328 Special Topics in HRM (3)

Topics offered may include:

  • Benefits
  • Economics and Demographics of Labor Markets
  • Employee Ownership & Group Incentives
  • Ethics & HRM
  • Managing 21st Century Workforce
  • HR & Health Administration
  • Diversity
  • Leadership Development
  • Conflict Management
  • Social Media

Prerequisite: Introduction to Human Resource Management (37:533:301)

37:533:440 Statistics & HRM (3)

Description: This course addresses basic statistics, covering frequency distributions through regression analysis. It will enable students to compile and analyze data used in developing, implementing and measuring HR outcomes. It will also enable students to interpret HR and government reports.
Prerequisite: None

37:533:376 Corporate Governance (3)

Description: Explores the relationship between corporate governance and the economic, social, and political impact of corporations. Topics include: history of the corporation and stock ownership, boards of directors, principal-agent/stakeholder theories, executive compensation, profit sharing, employee ownership, stock options, shareholder rights, takeovers and mergers, labor issues, pension funds, international corporate governance, the relationship between governance, corporate performance and the financial collapses, social and environmental sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and the role of public policy and government regulation.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Human Resource Management (37:533:301)

37:533:494/495 Independent Study and Research (BA) - Major Only

Description: Individual reading and research project under the guidance of a human resource management faculty member on a Human Resource Management related topic of interest to the student.
Prerequisite: Completion of five (5) human resource management courses from list of core requirements including Introduction to Human Resource Management (37:533:301) with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Advance permission of faculty member required.

37:533:496/497 Internship of Human Resource Management (BA) - Major Only

Description: Students work as staff members in an approved public or private organization's Human Resource Management Department. The opportunity will allow students to apply conceptual knowledge learned in the classroom to actual situations and to acquire new skills.
Prerequisite: Completion of five (5) human resource management courses from list of core requirements including Introduction to Human Resource Management (37:533:301) with a GPA of 3.5 or higher within the HRM core. Advance permission of HRM academic department required.

37:533:498/499 Honors in Human Resource Management (BA) - HRM Major Honors Option Only

Description: An in-depth individual research project under the guidance of a member of the HRM department. Student will produce a thesis quality research paper.
Prerequisite: Student must have been accepted into the HRM Honors Curriculum. For program eligibility see our Departmental Honors page.

37:575:315 Employment Law (3) - Labor Studies Offering

Description: Overview of employment-at-will and its limitations; wages & hours; medical/family leave; privacy; drug testing; workers compensation; and fundamental anti-discrimination law.
Prerequisite: None

37:575:345 Organizational Behavior and Work (3) - Labor Studies Offering

Description: Behavior by individuals and groups in the workplace; group and intergroup dynamics; organizational culture, structure, and change; leadership, employee motivation, job performance, and feedback.
Prerequisite: None

Applicable Labor Studies Courses

In addition to 37:575:315 and 37:575:345, there are certain courses from the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations that are applicable to both the HRM undergraduate minor and major elective sections. These are:

  • 37:575:303 Black Workers in American Society (3)
  • 37:575:307 Latino Workers in the United States (3)
  • 37:533:308 Dynamics of Work and Work Organizations (3)
  • 37:575:309 Working Women in American Society (3)
  • 37:575:312 Conflict and Conflict Resolution in the Workplace (3)
  • 37:575:317 Contingent and Nonstandard Work (3)
  • 37:575:325 Economics of the Employment Relationship (3)
  • 37:575:338 Occupational Safety and Health (3)
  • 37:575:364 Diversity in the Workplace (3)
  • 37:575:375 Benefits and Social Insurance (3)

For prerequisites and course descriptions please see the Labor Studies Course listing. Courses listed above are the only Labor Studies courses that can be used to satisfy the requirements of both the HRM major and minor.

Applicable Courses from Other Disciplines

The HRM undergraduate major includes a selection of three (3) courses from either Psychology, Sociology, or Economics. The courses listed below are the only ones that meet major requirements. Applicable courses from these areas of study are as follows:
Economics

  • 01:220:102 Introduction to Microeconomics (3)
  • 01:220:103 Introduction ot Macroeconomics (3))
  • 01:220:322 Econometrics (3)
  • 01:220:389 Public Policies Toward Business (3)
  • 01:220:395 Law and Economics (3)

Psychology

  • 01:830:101 General Psychology (3)
  • 01:830:300 or 01:830:355 Research Methods in Psychology (3)
  • 01:830:321 Social Psychology (3)
  • 01:830:373 Organizational & Personnel Psychology (3)

Sociology

  • 01:920:101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • 01:920:111 Social Class (3)
  • 01:920:216 Sociology of Women (3)
  • 01:920:227 Population & Society (3)
  • 01:920:311 Introduction to Social Research (3)
  • 01:920:315 Organizations & Bureaucracies (3)
  • 01:920:319 Sociological Approaches to Social Psychology (3)
  • 01:920:324 Sociology of Gender (3)
  • 01:920:331 Sociology of Industry (3)
  • 01:920:363 Sociology of Work and Occupations (3)
  • 01:920:375 Economic Sociology (3)

Prerequisites and course descriptions may be found in the Undergraduate Catalog, School of Arts and Sciences under EconomicsPsychology, and Sociology.

Applicable Quantitative Requirements

Effective Fall of 2013, Students must select two courses (2), one each, from two separate lists of quantitative courses:

List A

  • 01:640:104 Elementary Combinatorics and Probability (3)
  • 01:640:112 Precalculus II (2)
  • 01:640:115 Precalculus College Mathematics (4)
  • 01:640:135 Calculus I (4)
  • 01;640:136 Calculus II (4)
  • 01:640:138 Calculus II for the Biological Sciences (4)
  • 01:640:151 Calculus for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (4)
  • 01:640:152 Calculus for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (4)
  • 01:640:191 Honors Calculus I (4)
  • 01:640:192 Honors Calculus II (4)
  • 01:730:109 Introduction to Formal Reasoning and Decision-making (3)
  • 01:830:200 Quantitative Methods in Psychology (4)
  • 01:920:311 Introduction to Social Research (4)
  • 01:920:312 Introduction to Statistics in Sociology (4)
  • 01:960:211 Statistics I (3)
  • 01:960:212 Statistics II (3)
  • 01:960:285 Introductory Statistics for Business (3)
  • 01:960:401 Basic Statistics for Research (3)
  • 10:762:205 Basic Statistical Methods for Policy, Planning, and Health (4)
  • 37:533:440 Statistics for HRM

List B

  • 01:198:107 Computing for Math and the Sciences (3)
  • 01:198:110 Introduction to Computers and Their Application (3)
  • 01:198:111 Introduction to Computer Science (4)
  • 01:198:170 Computer Applications for Business (3)
  • 01:640:104 Elementary Combinatorics and Probability (3)
  • 01:640:112 Precalculus II (2)
  • 01:640:115 Precalculus College Mathematics (4)
  • 01:640:135 Calculus I (4)
  • 01:640:136 Calculus II (4)
  • 01:640:138 Calculus II for the Biological Sciences (4)
  • 01:640:151 Calculus for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (4)
  • 01:640:152 Calculus for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (4)
  • 01:640:191 Honors Calculus (4)
  • 01:640:192 Honors Calculus II (4)
  • 01:730:109 Introduction to Form Reasoning and Decision-making (3)
  • 01:730:201 Introduction to Logic (3)
  • 01:730:202 Introduction to Logic with Recitation (4)
  • 01:830:200 Quantitative Methods in Psychology (4)
  • 01:920:312 Introduction to Statistics in Sociology (4)
  • 01:960:211 Statistics I (3)
  • 01:960:212 Statistics II (3)
  • 01:960:285 Introductory Statistics for Business (3)
  • 01:960:379 Basic Probability and Statistics (3)
  • 01:960:401 Basic Statistics for Research (3)
  • 04:547:111 The Internet and the Information Environment: A Quantitative Approach (3)
  • 10:762:205 Basic Statistical Methods for Policy, Planning and Health (4)

Prerequisites and course descriptions may be found in the Undergraduate Catalog, School of Arts and Sciences under Computer ScienceInformation Technology and InformaticsMathematicsPhilosophy, PsychologySociologyPlanning & Public Policy, and Statistics.

To aid in the selection of courses for either the HRM major or the HRM minor, students are encouraged to download the individual course checklists for each Program.
HRM Major Checklist (2017-2018)
HRM Honors Major Checklist (2017-2018)
HRM Minor Checklist (2017-2018)