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2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog 
2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, Human Resources Management Major, B.S.

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Requirements for the major in human resources management

Major adviser: Karen Markel

The major in human resources management develops the skills needed to administer the personnel functions of organizations. It is designed primarily for students who intend to pursue careers in administration, personnel management, labor relations or wherever the management of people at work is a central concern.

Emphasis is placed on developing an intensive understanding of the concepts and techniques needed to acquire, develop and utilize an organization’s human resources. The program includes broad coverage of such topics as personnel psychology, personnel administration and labor/management relations, in addition to providing basic knowledge of organizational behavior.

To fulfill requirements for the human resources management major, students must be admitted to major standing in human resources management, complete the core program and earn at least 25 credits as specified below, with a grade of 2.0 or better in each major course A grade of 2.0 or better must be achieved in each prerequisite for a human resources management course before a HRM major, or any Oakland University student, may begin work in that human resources management course.

25-26 total credits

Additional Information:

In addition to the course requirements listed above, students wishing to earn a human resources management (HRM) major must also complete a Human Resources Management Experience (HRME) or pass the PHR Certification Exam offered by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). These options are described below.

  1. Human Resources Management Experience (HRME) requirements:
    1. HRME contract
      • Student must receive HRME faculty adviser approval prior to beginning the work experience.
      • For students wishing to substitute their current or recent work experience, the student must complete the contract for the appropriate job and schedule a meeting with the HRME faculty adviser for approval and subsequent exit interview. You may have to provide additional support when using previous experience for this requirement.
      • The student’s work experience must meet the minimum contact hours requirement (280 hours).
    2. Mid-term hours and job duties verification
      • After 140 contact hours, the student must submit documentation of the hours worked, anticipated completion date and job duties. The HRME supervisor’s signature is required on this document.
    3. Exit interview
      • Upon completion of the HRM Work Experience, the student must schedule an exit interview with the faculty internship coordinator.
      • This interview should be scheduled upon completion of the student’s application for a degree.
      • If the student is using a previous or current work experience, the student must schedule the exit interview upon verification of the work hours of this employment relationship.
      • Upon completion of the exit interview, written documentation of the completion of the HRME requirement will be provided to the student and the undergraduate advising office within two weeks.
  2. (HRCI). Note the exam is only given in two testing windows a year (The exam testing window is currently 16 weeks long (two eight-week periods - May/June and Mid-November/Mid-January). More information on the exam can be found at Students may retake the exam as necessary to satisfy this requirement. Students must provide evidence via exam grades from HRCI that they passed the PHR Certification Exam to use this option.
  3. Capstone Project
    The requirements for this project are available through the major adviser. This project is intended to integrate and apply the major course materials into a written project. The project will be designed and evaluated under the advisement of a Human Resource Management faculty member. Project examples include research projects, service learning assignments or the development of an organizational Human Resource Management case study.

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