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  Academic Programs / Business & Management

Human Resource Management

Dr. Gary Blau, Ph.D., Chair
Speakman Hall 365

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 students the training needed 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 five-ten 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 résumé 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 Megan Rimer at 215-204-2371,, or the SHRM officers at 267-468-8365.

Summary of Requirements

Students must meet College Graduation Requirements, including the requirements of the major listed below. Human resource management students must attain a 2.0 GPA in the major and a 2.0 cumulative GPA in order to graduate. Use the major GPA calculator at to calculate the GPA in the major.


Requirements of the Human Resource Management Major

Required courses       
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
HRM  0085 Introduction to Human Resource Management (HRM) (formerly HRM 0200)   3  
HRM W310* Organizational Staffing   3 WI 
Select two additional 300 level HRM courses from this list: 6  
HRM 0340 Compensation Management    
HRM 0350 Human Resource Mgmt & Public Policy    
HRM 0365 Labor Relations: Strategy & Practice    
HRM 0388 Field Experience in HRM    
Select one additional course from above list or courses listed below: 3  
HRM 0315 Power, Influence & Negotiation    
HRM 0320 Managing People at Work    
HRM 0330 Communicating in Organizations    
International course - select one: 3  
Economics 0250** International Trade    
Economics 0251** International Monetary Economics    
Finance 0250 International Financial Markets    
Finance 0251 International Financial Management    
GSM 0380 Global Strategic Management    
HRM 0201 International Human Resource Mgt    
Law and Business 0106 International Law    
Marketing 0250 International Marketing    
Economics** 0200+ Any 200 level Economics course, excluding Economics 0288 and 0289 0-3  
Business Electives   Select two to three electives from business departments 0100 - 0399  6-9  
Subtotal       27  
* HRM W310 will fill the technology requirement for the HRM  major.    
** If either Economics 0250 or 0251 is taken to fulfill the Economics 200 elective, the course will also satisfy the International requirement. Students will need to take an additional business elective.  

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 they need:

  • HRM 0315: Power, Influence & Negotiation
  • HRM 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 to FSBM students or students who have completed the Business Minor or General Business Studies Minor. In the case of students who have completed the General Business Studies Minor, the People First courses cannot also fill elective credits for that minor. For further information on these courses, students should contact their academic advisor.

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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