Students hold an internship while at the College of Business
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Set the tone for developing diverse teams, utilize and celebrate people’s unique strengths and take on complex business issues
It’s often said, but it bears repeating — the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. By studying human resource management at the CSU College of Business, you can play a direct role in shaping the mission, vision, and values of a company by supporting the individuals and teams within it. Human resource management combines an appreciation for and understanding of business with a passion for helping people grow and develop.
Whether you’re a natural people person or are excited by the idea of bringing together well-functioning and inclusive teams, the human resource management concentration allows you to put these talents to use in the job market.
“That’s my real passion – to better people. And betterment is exactly what HR does.”
— Jason Sellers, 2020 Outstanding Graduate
"Awareness does matter and it makes a difference."
— Tiffany Trzebiatowski, Associate Professor of Management on combating employment discrimination
“I bring in my personal stories to illustrate different points and make them real. It helps concepts stick.”
— Chris Henle, Associate Professor of Management
Careers in Human Resource Management
Businesses of all sizes and across all industries need human resource professionals. Human resource professionals may specialize in a particular area of human resource management or may work across many different areas such as recruiting and talent acquisition, training and development, performance management, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, diversity and inclusion, and health and safety. Their work helps keep employees motivated and resilient to change in dynamic work environments. Valuable skills like communication, problem-solving, and relationship building help to create successful and collaborative work environments.
On its own, your bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration in human resource management sets you up well to enter the field. But, to further position you for success, you can trust the College of Business’s Career Management Center to help you get started on your path to a fulfilling career. The business world needs driven human resource managers. Let the Career Management Center help you find a job that inspires and fulfills you. This service is only offered to business students and will help you connect you with industry professionals, attend networking events, develop your resume, prepare for job interviews, and more.
“It’s an entire community that’s supporting one another.”
—Jason Sellers, outstanding human resources graduate '20, Read his story
Human Resource Management for a Better World
Society for Human Resource Management Case Competition, 2018
The human resource management concentration at the College of Business prioritizes blending theory with practical application. That’s why the program is constantly creating new opportunities for learning and experience.
Across the curriculum you will gain hands-on experience in designing and implementing human resource systems and can supplement your learning with internship experiences. You can also learn more about human resource management and network with professionals through our awarding winning Society for Human Resource Management chapter.
A new capstone course in human resource management encourages students to think strategically and use data to drive their decision-making processes by pairing students with a local company to help them make critical changes to their human resource practices. Opportunities like these help students enact strategic and equitable human resource practices that can make a real difference.
Courses That Create Change
By managing the strategic and equitable implementation across the full life-cycle of human resource management programs, you can help create a better world for those around you. The skills you will gain from the human resource management concentration will help your career as a human resource professional, manager, or business owner. That’s why you’ll take classes that share a focus on strategic thinking, evidence-based decision-making, diversity and inclusivity, and ethical business practices.
Successful human resource managers have a growth-oriented mindset and are always looking for opportunities to learn. It’s only natural that you’ll need a diverse range of courses to inform your work. As you progress through your degree, you’ll take courses that are related to the other concentrations offered at the College of Business.
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of Business relies on a wide selection of courses, including general education classes, called All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC). Some of these AUCC courses are offered by the College, helping you to move quickly through your degree. You’ll take 21 credits of human resource management-specific courses in order to graduate.
Engage With Faculty Setting the Standard
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Our faculty are dedicated to student achievement. Relying on their personal and professional experience, as well as their academic acumen, they’ll work with you to help you reach your collegiate and career goals. At its core, human resource management is all about problem-solving and relationship building. To help you accomplish this, our faculty share their professional insights into:
- Recruiting and staffing - Hiring top talent to support company goals
- Compensation and performance management – Evaluating and rewarding employee performance
- Equal employment opportunity laws - Creating a diverse and inclusive work environment
- Organizational behavior - How individuals lead and interact within a group
- Strategic decision making - Aligning decisions with the needs of the company and its employees
Join the College of Business
When you enroll in the College of Business, you’ll be trained in a variety of ethical and practical business skills. A concentration like human resource management allows you to tailor your undergraduate coursework to meet your interests and your professional aspirations. The first step in studying HR management is to become a business major.
If you aren’t a business major yet, you can get started by attending an upcoming info session, use the contact form at the bottom of the page, or by beginning your application.
If you’re already a business major, you’ll need to reach out and connect with your academic advisor. They can help you learn more about the human resource management concentration.