HRM Major/Minor Checklists

To aid in the selection of courses for either the HRM major or the HRM minor, students are encouraged to consult and download the appropriate checklist for that applies to them.

For students declaring the HRM major or minor on or after 9/1/21

For students who declared the HRM major or minor prior to 9/1/21 and after 9/1/18

For students who declared the HRM major or minor prior to 9/1/18


Undergraduate Human Resource Management Course Descriptions

Click on the course name to view a description and prerequisite information. 

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 Talent Acquisition (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 Developing Talent (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 & Total 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.

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.

37:533:318 HRM & Benefits (3)

Description:  Employee benefits are complex, expensive, very personal and many times misunderstood.  This course seeks to acquaint students with the type of employee benefits offered in the workplace, the  history behind them, and the challenges that benefits present to an organization.  Students gain an understanding of benefits strategy, the legal requirements covering benefits, and explore how workforce demographics provide a context for the organization's employee benefits decisions.  The course relies on a base knowledge of employment law, tax law, psychology, management, organizational dynamics and economics.  Note:  This course was previously offered under Special Topic numbers 533:322 & 533:324.  Students who take this course may not also utilize 37:575:375 Benefits and Social Insurance toward the HRM major.

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

37:533:360 HRM Financial Decisions (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)

37:533:321-330 Special Topics in HRM (3)

Topics offered may include:

  • Economics and Demographics of Labor Markets
  • Employee Ownership & Group Incentives
  • Ethics & HRM
  • Future of Work & Internet Companies
  • HRM & Organizational Behavior
  • Managing 21st Century Workforce
  • Conflict Management
  • Social Media
  • People Analytics
  • HRM & Excel (1 credit)

Prerequisite: None

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

37:624:348 Leadership in The Workplace - Management & Work

This course aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the most current theories and research on leadership and to develop students’ skills and competencies to be effective leaders in organizations.

37:624:364 Diversity & Inclusion - Management & Work (3)

This course explores the opportunities and challenges of the increasingly diverse workforce emerging in the United States today. We will address the knowledge and skills managers must develop in working with others who are different from themselves. Some of these differences are obvious – gender, race, age, and physical characteristics. Other differences are not as easily observed – family structure, educational level, social class, and sexual orientation. This class incorporates experiential learning techniques for personal growth.

37:624:376 Corporate Governance - Management & Work (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 & Minor 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: HRM Majors & Minors only. Advance permission of HRM academic department required. Please contact Joy Montuoro, for additional information.

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

37:624:345 Organizational Behavior Management 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.  Note:  this course may not be used in conjunction with Special Topics:  HRM & Organizational Behavior.

Prerequisite: None


Research project that culminates in a thesis or scholarly paper.


Research project that culminates in a thesis or scholarly paper.