Human Resource Management Minor

Human Resource Management Fundamentals

Human resource management (HRM) includes the set of tasks directed at effectively managing an organization's human resources. HRM professionals create and oversee the talent management systems related to compensation, benefits, career development, training, staffing and other functions. The overall objective of HRM practitioners is to structure staffing systems to recruit and retain the best talent by making an organization an employer of choice.

Professional Preparation

Human Resource Management will prepare you to pursue an exciting career as an HR professional.

Our Faculty

  • are innovative
  • are passionate about their teaching and students' learning
  • are experts in their areas of teaching
  • bring the business world to life through case studies, seminar presentations and discussions, problem-solving and skills performance

Akron Advantage

The program is accredited at the highest possible level by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The College of Business Administration is considered to be one of the best business schools by Princeton Review and ranked in the top 6 percent of all undergraduate programs by BusinessWeek.

Real-World Experience

Our faculty periodically consult with local businesses and corporate advisory board members to add new content and relevance in their classes. As part of the curriculum, students have to complete a senior project for a local firm as part of a consulting team. Our classes typically include guest speakers, site visits, case studies and team-based activities.

Human Resource Management Student Organizations:

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is a national, professional organization of Human Resource practitioners, educators, and various professionals involved with Human Resources. UA-SHRM is a student chapter of the national Society for Human Resource Management. The University of Akron SHRM group consistently wins gold and silver medals in the Ohio HR Games competing against teams from universities and colleges across Ohio and the country.

Curriculum Guide


Course Number Course Name Credits
6500:301 Management: Principles & Concepts 3
6500:310 Business Information Systems 3
6500:341 Human Resource Management 3
Total 9

Electives - Choose 9 credits

6500:302 Organizational Behavior & Leadership Skills 3
6500:342 Employee & Labor Relations 3
6500:442 Compensation Management 3
6500:443 Human Resources Selection & Staffing 3
6500:457 International Management 3
Total 9
Total Credits Required 18

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Department of Management

Contact: Dr.Susan Hanlon

Career Opportunities

Career Outlook

There are numerous career opportunities in the field of human resources and industrial relations.   HR Managers are required in every organization - from nonprofits to businesses, consulting firms, government agencies, and labor groups. Overall employment of HR, training and labor relations managers and specialists is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations through 2014, according to the US Department of Labor.

Career Center

The Career Center creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to:

  • Career Resource Library
  • co-op/internships through Career Advantage Network
  • computer stations for resume writing and employment research
  • UA Career Fairs

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