Major Requirements

Requirements for the Strategic Human Resource Management Major

The Department of Management. Entrepreneurship and Strategic Human Resources offers the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM).

The SHRM major prepares students to contribute to organizational effectiveness through effective human resource management. Effective human resource management creates an environment in which people can do their best work, contributing to achievement of an organization's vision, mission, and strategic objectives while also respecting the dignity of employees as human beings. Although the primary goal of the program is to provide the professional training necessary for graduates to obtain human resources jobs, the major should also be appealing to students interested in becoming a manager someday. Since all managers are people managers, the Strategic HRM major benefits all future managers.

The core program provides students the opportunity to take advanced courses that are both theoretical and practical in nature from the human resources functional areas, including staffing, compensation, training and development, change management, international human resources, and labor relations; additionally, students take the strategic HRM capstone course that emphasizes the strategic importance of HRM in organizational effectiveness and the internal assessment of HRM systems for alignment with organizational goals. Outside of the classroom, students may expand their knowledge by participating in a part-time or full-time internship in human resources. Credit and non-credit opportunities are available.

Undergraduate core requirements: 64 hours, including MATH 150 and STAT 210 [For further information, see the Recommended Class Schedule]

Business core requirements: 42 hours.

  • ACCT 200 Introductory Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 201 Introductory Managerial Accounting
  • BLAW 300 Legal Environment
  • ECON 200 Microeconomic Principles
  • ECON 201 Macroeconomic Principles
  • ECON 300 International Trade and Business Environment
  • FINC 300 Business Finance
  • INFO 120 Introduction to Business Technology
  • INFO 200 Managing Information Technology
  • MGMT 300 Managerial Behavior
  • MGMT 301 Managerial Communication
  • MGMT 302 Quality and Productivity in Operations
  • MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing
  • SHRM 200 Human Resources in a Diverse Society
  • STAT 211 Statistics for Business II

Major Requirements: 21 total credit hours required, as follows:

12 hours specifically required:

  • SHRM 345 - Compensation
  • SHRM 360 - Staffing
  • SHRM 370 - Training and Development
  • SHRM 495 - SHRM Capstone (preferred) or MGMT 495 - Strategic Management

9 hours from electives:

  • SHRM 303 - Human Resources Internship I or SHRM 403 - Human Resources Internship II
  • SHRM 302 - Labor Relations
  • SHRM 309 - Change Management or MGMT 309 - Change Management
  • SHRM 325 - International Human Resources
  • SHRM 404 - Advanced Topics in Human Resources
  • MGMT 314 - Leadership
  • MGMT 385 - Project Management
  • SHRM 495 - SHRM Capstone


  • No more than six (6) hours may double count between MGMT major and SHRM major (excluding SHRM 200)
  • A 2.000 cumulative average must be attained in these major courses

Additional Electives:

  • 3 hours of upper-level business electives
  • 3 hours of general electives