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  Academic Programs / Business & Management

Human Resource Management

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

Ms. Arlene Dowd, Department Administrator

Speakman Hall 384



The Human Resource Management (HRM) 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, gblau@temple.edu, or the SHRM office at 215-204-1626. At Ambler, contact Megan Rimer at 215-204-2371, mrimer@temple.edu, 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 www.sbm.temple.edu/advising to calculate the GPA in the major.


Requirements of the Human Resource Management Major

Required courses       
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
HR MGMT  2501 Introduction to Human Resource Management (HRM) 3  
HR MGMT 4596* Organizational Staffing   3 WI 
Select two additional 3500+ level HR MGMT courses from this list: 6  
HR MGMT 3511 Compensation Management    
HR MGMT 3512 Human Resource Mgmt & Public Policy    
HR MGMT 3513 Labor Relations: Strategy & Practice    
HR MGMT 3581 Co-op Experience in HRM    
Select one additional course from above list or courses listed below: 3  
HR MGMT 3501 Power, Influence & Negotiation    
HR MGMT 3502 Managing People at Work    
HR MGMT 3503 Communicating in Organizations    
International course - select one: 3  
Economics 3563** International Trade    
Economics 3564** International Monetary Economics    
Finance 3551 International Financial Markets    
Finance 3552 International Financial Management    
GSM 3566 Global Strategic Management    
HR MGMT 3565 International Human Resource Mgt    
Law S.B.M. 3562 International Law    
Marketing 3553 International Marketing    
Economics** 3500+ Any upper-level Economics course, excluding Economics 3581 and 3685 0-3  
Business Electives   Select two to three electives from business departments 2500+ 6-9  
Subtotal       27  
* HR MGMT 4596 will fill the technology requirement for the HR MGMT major.  
** If either Economics 3563 or 3564 is taken to fulfill the Economics 3500+ 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:

  • HR MGMT 3501: Power, Influence & Negotiation
  • HR MGMT 3502: Managing People at Work
  • HR MGMT 3503: 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 (RMI) Department and the Human Resource Management (HRM) 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 RSK MGT 3501 (Life and Health Insurance and Employee Benefits) and RSK MGT 3503 (Retirement Plans).
  • RMI major with a HRM concentration. Students take HR MGMT 2501 (Introduction to Human Resource Management) and HR MGMT 3511 (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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