Bachelor's degree in Business administration with option in Human Resource Management

Q.  What is Human Resources Management (HRM)?

A.  Human Resource Management is a specialty area within management that deals primarily with activities that directly affect how employees are brought into firm and how they are treated once they are employed.  These activities include recruiting, selection, training, evaluation, compensation, labor relations, working conditions, and related issues.  This area of management used to be referred to as Personnel Management.

Q.  Who should consider a career in HRM?

A.  Anyone who: enjoys interacting with people on a daily basis; is interested in improving the ways in which organizations and employees relate to one another; is concerned about attracting and retaining good workers; wants to improve employee morale, motivation, and working conditions in general.  This is an exciting field that is constantly changing; many aspects of it are driven by changes in federal and state legislation, as well as the outcomes of major lawsuits.  Other aspects change as the result of labor-management negotiations and contracts.  As society changes, so does the way in which people relate to each other, and these relationships, as they affect the workplace, become the essence of Human Resource Management.  If you want to be on the cutting edge of redefining the roles of men and women in the business setting, then you should consider a career in HRM.

Q.  What kinds of jobs are out there for HRM majors?

A.  HRM graduates generally go in one of two directions.  If you go to work for a fairly small company, you may be the only HRM manager there (or perhaps one of only a very few), in which case you will become a generalist, or someone who handles all of the various personnel functions.  If, on the other hand, you work in a large company, you may be assigned to a specific function, and become a specialist.  You might, for example, work only in compensation, or in training.  Either way, you will be an indispensable part of the organization.  Every organization has to deal with HRM issues, and there is always a demand for qualified competent people.  Our HRM graduates have been successful in obtaining positions in all areas of business throughout the region.  In addition, the Management Department sponsors a sponsors a student chapter of Professionals in Human Resources Association, the major HRM professional society in Southern California.

Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with the Option in Human Resource Management

The Human Resource Management Option consists of seven courses (28 units) that are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the field.

Class Number Subject Prerequisite Qtr Offered

MGMT  473

Strategic Human Resource Management

MGMT 307

MGMT 474

Compensation Management

MGMT 473 F,W,S

MGMT  477


MGMT 473


MGMT  489

High Performance Management

MGMT 307


MGMT  471

Managing Positive Employment Relations OR

MGMT 473 F,W

ECON   472

Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining

ECON 202


Two Electives Selected From the Following (8 Units):

Class Number Subject Prerequisite Qtr Offered

MGMT  440

Career Development

Varies F

MGMT  454

Special Topics in Management

Varies Vairies

MGMT  469

Training and Development

None W

MGMT  470

Managerial Leadership and Motivation

MGMT 307


MGMT  475

Current Topics and Cases in Human Resource Management

MGMT 473


MGMT  476

Talent Management

MGMT 473

S (Planned 2014)

MGMT  481

International Human Resource Management

MGMT 473


MGMT  483

Managing HR Information Systems

MGMT 473

F (Planned 2014)

MGMT  484

Organizational Development and Change

MGMT 307


Some Human Resource Management courses are offered only once per year and have a prerequisite: MGMT 307 and/or MGMT 473. So, plan to take MGMT 307 and MGMT 473 early in your junior year (after completing 90 quarter units or 60 semester units).  Then begin taking the 400-level option courses.  You need not complete general education, theme, or business core course before taking most option courses as long as you have completed the pre-requisite for the course.

Advising Tips:
This option is a part of the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration(BSBA).  You do not need to complete all BSBA lower and upper division before taking option class.  It is strongly advised to begin your option classes as you meet each class pre-requisite.  Note also that ALL lower and upper division BSBA classes must be taken before enrolling in MGMT 497: Capstone.
 To review all classes needed for your Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, please go to: (link to e-catalog here)