Sep 21, 2023
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 430A-C 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.
Requirements for the major in human resource development, B.S. program
The curriculum described shall be followed by students admitted to pre-HRD status. Admission to pre-HRD status requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or better. Students admitted to Oakland University pre-HRD status prior to fall 2005 may choose to satisfy either the degree requirements listed in this catalog or those in the catalog of the academic year in which they were initially admitted to Oakland University pre-HRD status (or any catalog during the interim), provided that catalog is not more than six years old at the time of graduation. Students who transfer to the School of Education and Human Services after admission to the university or who are readmitted to the university are required to follow the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time they transfer or are readmitted.
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in human resource development, students must:
- Complete a minimum total of 124 credits.
- Complete at least 32 credits in courses at the 300 level or above at Oakland University.
- Take the last 8 credits needed to complete the baccalaureate degree requirements at Oakland University.
- Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.50.
- Satisfy the writing requirement (see Undergraduate degree requirements).
- Complete the university general education requirement with a minimum total of 40 credits (see Undergraduate degree requirements).
- Satisfy the university U.S. diversity requirement (HRD 367 in the HRD major satisfies this requirement).
- Complete the human resource development core (32 credits), human resource development focus area courses (32 credits), internship or alternative (8 credits), and general electives (12 credits) with a minimum grade of 2.8 in each HRD required course.
Admission to major standing in human resource development
To be admitted to major standing a student must satisfy the following requirements:
- 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.
- Complete the HRD core courses with a minimum grade of 2.8 in each course.
- Submit an “Application for Major Standing” during the semester in which the student expects to complete the core requirements.
- Meet with the HRD Academic Advisor and complete an approved HRD program plan.
Required courses for the bachelor of science degree in human resource development
The program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in human resource development includes the following HRD courses, electives and internship.
A. HRD Core Courses – 32 credits
Core courses introduce important theoretical constructs and tool skills for pursuing a major in human resource development. Students must earn a minimum grade of 2.8 in each of the following core courses:
B. HRD Focus Area Courses – 32 credits
The student may take up to eight credits of HRD Focus Area courses before completion of the core courses and admission to major standing. Additional HRD Focus Area courses may not be taken without admission to major standing. HRD Focus Area courses must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.8.
There are four HRD Focus Areas: Organization Development, Training & Development, Career/Leadership Development and Employment Systems & Standards. The student is required to take the asterisked (*) course in each of the four HRD Focus Areas plus one Elective course in each of the four HRD Focus Areas.
Employment Systems & Standards
C. General Elective Courses – 12 credits
The general electives allow students to take courses that support their individual interests and career aspirations. General elective courses must be at the 200 level or higher, and may be from HRD or any other field of interest.
D. Human Resource Development Internship – 8 credits
Internship requirements may be met by completion of a professional internship, a research internship, a project internship or a combination of two or three of these options. Applications for internship must be submitted by the designated deadlines (fall semester-June 15, winter semester-October 15 and summer semester-February 15). Applications will not be accepted after the deadline. Internship must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.8.
In order for a student to complete a professional internship, 8 credits must be completed at an approved internship placement site for a total of 320 hours of work in the field of human resource development.
A research internship of 8 credits may be completed by students who have the requisite backgrounds and skills to produce research work at the undergraduate level in the field of human resource development. To qualify for a research internship, students are required to have previously successfully completed the courses normally required for an HRD internship plus any additional courses appropriate for the acquisition of skills necessary for completion of the internship project(s). It is required that a student intending to pursue this internship has previously conferred with an HRD faculty member regarding the availability of an appropriate research project and the willingness of the HRD faculty member to supervise the intern in completion of the research project.
Students wishing to pursue a research internship must complete an application form available at the HRD internship office, including describing the proposed research internship. This form must also be signed by the HRD faculty member who has agreed to supervise the student. Completed applications must be submitted no later than the dates designated above for internship approval. Applications will be reviewed for approval or disapproval by a committee of the HRD department.
A project internship of 8 credits may be completed by students who have completed a minimum of two (2) years of work in the field of Human Resources or are subject to special circumstances. To qualify for a project internship, students are required to have previously successfully completed the courses normally required for an HRD internship plus any additional courses appropriate for the acquisition of skills necessary for completion of the internship project(s).
It is required that a student intending to pursue a project internship has previously conferred with an HRD faculty member regarding the availability of an appropriate project or projects to complete as part of the internship and the willingness of the HRD faculty member to supervise the intern.
Applications must be obtained from the HRD Internship Coordinator. Completed applications must be submitted no later than the dates designated above for the internship approval. Applications will be reviewed for approval or disapproval by a committee of the HRD department.