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Human Resource Management

Dr. Gary Blau, Ph.D., Chair
Speakman Hall 365
(215) 204-6906

The human resource management major prepares you for careers in human resource (HR) management and general management. Increasingly, organizations are hiring well-trained professionals to manage the most important asset of the business, its human resources. The HRM department offers you the training you need to prepare for this important area of business.

Typical first jobs for HRM majors include corporate recruiter, employee relations specialist, compensation analyst, corporate trainer, HR generalist, and management trainee. Typical jobs held 5-10 years out include HR director, staffing manager, compensation manager, training manager, and employee relations director.

Human Resource Management majors are encouraged to become involved in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Guest speakers, networking events, internships and co-ops, career development activities, and the resumé book are just a few benefits of joining. This organization is open to all FSBM majors. There are two student SHRM chapters, one at Main Campus and the other at Ambler. The Main Campus chapter office is located on the ground floor of Speakman Hall. For more information, contact Dr. Blau at (215) 204-6906,, or the SHRM office at (215) 204-1626. At Ambler, contact Dr. Geddes at (215) 204-8195,, or the SHRM officers at (215) 283-1674.


Human resource administration students must attain a 2.3 GPA in the major and a 2.3 cumulative GPA in order to graduate.

(Note: The University is reviewing all school and college, major, and GPA requirements above 2.0.  Please refer to the electronic Bulletin for up-to-date information.)


People First Certificate

Good management is a key to any successful enterprise. In today’s business environment, managers need to have an edge on the competition. The HRM Department offers three courses that we call our People First sequence to provide Fox School of Business and Management students the edge you need:

-HRM 0315: Power, Influence & NegotiationHRM

-0320: Managing People at Work

-HRM 0330: Communicating in Organizations

Take all three courses and receive our People First Certificate, an approved certificate program within FSBM. Or, take just one or two to further your training in the people side of business. People First Certification is available only to FSBM students. For further information on these courses, contact your academic adviser.

Joint Program for RMI and HRM Majors

The Risk Management and Insurance Department and the Human Resource Management Department now offer several joint programs for students interested in a career in employee benefits and/or human resource management. These programs allow students to broaden their career options by taking advantage of the cross-training offered by these departments.

-HRM major with a RMI concentration. Students take RMI 0205 (Life and Health Insurance and Employee Benefits), and RMI 0325 (Retirement Plans).

-RMI major with a HRM concentration. Students take HRM 0085 (Introduction to Personnel/Human Resource Management), and HRM 0340 (Compensation Management).

-Dual HRM/RMI major. Students fulfill all requirements for both majors.
For more information on joint HRM/RMI courses, contact Rob Drennan (215) 204-8894.

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