Human Resources Management

At the core of their roles, human resources practitioners are responsible for ensuring that organizations provide fair, just and inclusive work environments based on social, legal and economic frameworks.

Human resources are the often unseen (and unsung) professionals within a successfully run organization. HR departments in the modern workplace are shifting away from focusing on compliance and liability issues, and focusing on creating people-driven, productive organizations in which employees are engaged and energized. This wide-ranging profession shapes and monitors company culture; recruits, hires and successfully onboards top talent; researches and recommends market-based salaries and competitive compensation and benefit plans; assist in conflict management and more.

Emmanuel’s human resources management minor is interdisciplinary in nature and includes courses from business and economics, English and communications, integrated digital and data sciences, psychology and sociology. As advised by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the curriculum combines a base of business courses and electives centered on communications, data analysis, and supporting diverse and inclusive work environments. This program may provide career pathway opportunities to students in multiple majors—students in communication & media studies may pursue roles in employer branding, employee communications or labor relations, or education students may add the HR minor to prepare for a career in corporate training or talent development.

Minor Requirements

View the 2020-2021 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for a minor in Human Resource Management

A Minor in Human Resource Management consists of six courses:

  1. MGMT 1101 Intro to Business
  2. MGMT 2301 Legal Environment of Business
  3. MGMT 2307 Organizational Behavior
  4. MGMT 2207 Human Resource Management
  1. Skills-Based Elective (choose one):
  • ENGL 2510 Professional Communication
  • ENGL-2521 Public Relations & Persuasion
  • IDDS 2201 Data Analytics (pre-req MATH 1118 or MATH 1117 & MATH 0118)
  1. Diversity and Inclusion Elective (choose one):
  • EDUC 3210: Education Policy (pre-req EDUC 1111) (cross-listed with POLSC3210)
  • EDUC 3467 Education Diverse Students
  • ENGL 2410 African America Literary Giants
  • ENGL 2413: African American Literature: A Tradition of Resistance
  • ENGL2417: Literatures of the Black AtlanticENGL 3303 Images of Masculinity
  • ENGL 3605: Global Literature and Film
  • ENGL 3806 Health Communication
  • ENGL 3991 Special Topics (Feminism & Media course in development)
  • PSYCH 2203 Social Psychology
  • PSYCH 2211 Race, Gender and Sexuality: Intersection of Privilege and Oppression
  • SOC1101 Intro to Sociology (SA)
  • SOC2105 Race, Ethnicity and Group Relations (SA)

Learning Goals & Outcomes

Upon completion of the Human Resource Management Minor, student will be able to:

  1. Use theory and evidence-based research in order to evaluate the effectiveness of HR practices across diverse work environments.
  2. Apply legal, social, psychological and economic frameworks to the analysis of HR-related initiatives and outcomes.
  3. Use data and data visualization tools to assess the effectiveness of HR practices and manage employee performance.
  4. Communicate organizational goals, values and initiatives to stakeholders within and external to organizations.
  5. Recognize the individual, organizational and societal outcomes associated with HR policy and practice.
  6. Apply strategic HR principles to public, private and not-for-profit organizations.
  7. Recognize the ethical impact of HR strategies on employees and society as a whole.

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