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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Human Resource Development

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435A Pawley Hall (248) 370-4109
Fax: (248) 370-4095

Department Website: oakland.edu/sehs/hrd


Acting Chairperson: Tomas R. Giberson

Professors emeriti: F. James Clatworthy, William C. Fish, Billy J. Minor, William F. Moorhouse, Robert G. Payne

Professor: Susan M. Awbrey

Associate professors: Michael P. Long, James Quinn, Chaunda L. Scott, Tomas R. Giberson

Assistant professors: William Solomonson

Special instructor: Mark Doman


The Department of Human Resource Development (HRD) of the School of Education and Human Services offers a program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development. This field of study focuses on four areas: organization development, training and development, career/leadership development, and employment systems and standards. The degree program covers topics in these focus areas related to instructional design and delivery, program evaluation, performance appraisal, personnel selection, recruiting, ethics, organization development, principles of leadership, labor relations, employment law, employee involvement, and cultural diversity. Graduates are prepared with conceptual knowledge and technical and interpersonal skills for a variety of careers.


Students should meet with the professional academic adviser for assistance with schedule planning, completing the program plan, interpreting degree requirements, admission to major standing, transfer credits, petitions of exception and graduation audits. The advising office is located in 363 Pawley Hall, (248) 370-3066. To avoid delays, students are encouraged to seek advising prior to early registration periods. A graduation audit should be obtained from the academic adviser at the beginning of the student’s senior year (one year before planned graduation). The responsibility for meeting graduation requirements rests with the student.

Admission to Major Standing in Human Resource Development

To be admitted to major standing a student must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 40 credits at an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better. Courses that carry no numerical or letter grade (such as S/U) are excluded from calculation of the GPA.
  2. Complete the HRD core courses with a minimum grade of 2.8 in each course.
  3. Submit an “Application for Major Standing” during the semester in which the student expects to complete the core requirements.
  4. Meet with the HRD Academic Adviser and complete an approved HRD program plan.

Related Minors and Concentrations

Students who wish to obtain more than one minor must obtain the approval of the human resource development program adviser. If the minor or concentration is within a school other than SEHS, students must obtain approval from the adviser of the selected minor. Please note that one course cannot be used to satisfy the requirements of three categories under the department of Human Resource Development. This means that one course cannot be used to meet the requirements of an HRD major and two HRD department minors or to meet the requirements of all three HRD department minors.

Departmental Honors

HRD departmental honors are available to students who meet the following standards: a 3.50 or better cumulative average for all courses taken at Oakland University; a 3.70 or better cumulative average in HRD Department courses (excluding HRD 499 ).

Programs & Cores

Human Resource Development, B.S. 

Applied Leadership Skills Minor 

Employment Systems and Standards Minor 

Human Resource Development Minor 

Training and Development Minor 

Course Descriptions

The department offers selected courses from this catalog as warranted by student needs and availability of faculty: Department of Human Resource Development .

Schedule of Classes

Specific offerings for each semester may be found in the Schedule of Classes: sail.oakland.edu.

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