Enhance your leadership capabilities, grow your people skills, and increase your company's bottom line by pursuing a bachelor's degree in human resource management.
With a degree in human resource (HR) management from UMUC, you’ll find employment opportunities in nearly every industry. Our bachelor’s degree program is perfect for those who have some experience in HR but don’t have the degree, as well as those who want to transition into the HR profession.
You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of human resource functions—such as resource planning; recruitment, selection, placement, and orientation of employees; training and career development; labor relations; performance appraisal and rewards programs; and development of personnel policies and procedures—in private- and public-sector settings. Additionally, you’ll explore the ways that human behavior, laws, labor relations, and diversity issues can intersect and affect a company’s culture and ultimately its progress.
This program is also available as a minor.
About the Human Resource Management Bachelor's Degree
UMUC works closely with the federal government and the Society of Human Resource Management to align courses in the human resource management program with employers’ expectations and required competencies, so the program will teach you the exact skills employers tell us they want.
You’ll study management and organization theory, organizational behavior and development approaches, interpersonal skill development, and employment law.
What You'll Learn
Through your coursework, you will learn how to
- Apply business knowledge, reflective practices, and ethical leadership skills that drive learning and self-improvement
- Apply knowledge of human behavior, labor relations, and current laws and regulations to produce a working environment that is safe, fair, and compliant with regulations
- Help create a culture in which all employees are motivated and valued
- Create, implement, and assess training, development, and rewards programs that foster employee and organizational learning and development
- Recognize the diversity of cultures and world views that inform human behavior and respond constructively to differences in workplaces, communities, and organizations
- Identify and use technology to research, collect, analyze, and interpret data and effectively communicate information in a professional manner
In past projects, students have had the opportunity to
- Identify and diagnose problems within a real organization using case studies and propose management principles to improve the situation
- Develop and conduct a training needs assessment and an appropriate training program plan, including a budget and schedule, based on organizational need
- Design a rewards program to motivate employees, using benefits such as stock options and cash incentives
- Practice using skills such as negotiation, facilitation, mediation, and arbitration to manage conflicts
This program can help prepare you for the following certification exams:
- Professional in Human Resources (PHR)
- Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
- Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR)
Human Resource Management Bachelor's Degree Requirements
A degree with a major in human resource management requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 36 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 43 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 18 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above). See overall degree requirements.
Courses in the Major
- Human Resource Management (3 Credits, HRMN 300)
or Organizational Communication (3 Credits, HRMN 302)
- Labor Relations (3 Credits, HRMN 362)
or Organizational Culture and Change (3 Credits, HRMN 367)
- The Total Rewards Approach to Compensation Management (3 Credits, HRMN 395)
- Human Resource Management: Issues and Problems (3 Credits, HRMN 400)
- Employee Training and Development (3 Credits, HRMN 406)
- Management and Organization Theory (3 Credits, BMGT 364)
- Finance for the Nonfinancial Manager (3 Credits, FINC 331)
- Employment Law for Business (3 Credits, HRMN 408)
- Global Human Resource Management (3 Credits, HRMN 467)
- Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management Practice (3 Credits, HRMN 495)
General Education Requirements
Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary issues).
- Introduction to Research (1 Credits, LIBS 150) (to be taken in first 6 credits)
Writing and Communications Courses
- Introduction to Academic Writing I (3 Credits, WRTG 111)
or Research Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 291)
or other writing course
- Introduction to Academic Writing II (3 Credits, WRTG 112)
- Foundations of Oral Communication (3 Credits, SPCH 100)
or other communication, writing, or speech course
- Advanced Research Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 391)
or other advanced upper-level writing course
- College Mathematics (3 Credits, MATH 103)
or other 3-credit approved math or statistics course
Arts and Humanities Courses
- Western Civilization II (3 Credits, HIST 142)
or History of the United States Since 1865 (3 Credits, HIST 157)
or other arts and humanities course
- Introduction to Humanities (3 Credits, HUMN 100)
or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course
Behavioral and Social Science Courses
- Principles of Macroeconomics (3 Credits, ECON 201)
or Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits, PSYC 100)
or other behavioral and social science course
- American Government (3 Credits, GVPT 170)
or other behavioral and social science course
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses
- Concepts and Applications of Information Technology (3 Credits, IFSM 201) (prerequisite to later course)
- Information Systems in Organizations (3 Credits, IFSM 300) (related requirement for the major)
The bachelor's degree in human resource management requires 43 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.
This program is designed to help prepare you for opportunities in nearly every industry.
Alumnus James Basuel completed a 25-year odyssey by returning to school at UMUC, retooling, and going back to the workforce as an HR manager.