Human Resources and Industrial Relations

Human Resource Management is the business function concerned with acquiring, training, compensating, and maintaining the human component of the enterprise. The human resource function involves the identification of the human skill, which combined with the business physical capital, ensures the ongoing success of the venture.

Human resource specialists have moved from being concerned only with record-keeping to being strategic partners as organizations recognize the crucial importance of talents to their success. Today, businesses compete as much based on human capital as they do on physical capital.

Major Curriculum

MAJOR CORE CURRICULUM - 20 CREDITS

(HRIR 3021 is a prerequisite for all HRIR courses.)

Course Credits Title & Additional Information
HRIR 3031 2 Staffing and Selection: Strategic Operational Concerns
HRIR 3041 2 Organizational Behavior: Work Motivation and Workplace Dynamics
HRIR 3051 2 Compensation: Theory and Practice
HRIR 3071 2 Union Organizing and Labor Relations
HRIR 4100W 4 SENIOR CAPSTONE: Personal and Organizational Leadership (prereq: senior status, 3041, and 2 HRIR elective credits; only offered spring semester)

PLUS 8 CREDITS FROM THE FOLLOWING:

Course Credits Title & Additional Information
HRIR 3032 2 Training and Development
HRIR 3042 2 Organizational Behavior: Groups and Teams
HRIR 3072 2 Collective Bargaining and Dispute Resolution
HRIR 5000 1-4 Topics in Human Resource Management and Strategy
HRIR 5222 2 Creating and Managing Diversity and Inclusion (previously HRIR 5022)
HRIR 5225 2 Comparative and International Human Resources (previously HRIR 5025)
HRIR 5252 2 Employment & Labor Law for the HRIR Professional (previously HRIR 5023)
HRIR 5442 2 Employee Performance Management: Strategies, Systems & Skills
HRIR 5443 2 Principles of Effective Coaching
HRIR 5654 2 Public Policies on Employee Benefits: Social Safety Nets (previously HRIR 5054)
HRIR 5655 3 Public Policies on Work and Pay (previously HRIR 5061)
HRIR 5662 2 Personnel Economics (previously HRIR 5062)
INS 4101 2 Employee Benefits

GCC 3014

3 Grand Challenge: The Future of Work and Life in the 21st Century

Please note that all classes are not offered every semester. Please check the class schedule on One Stop for details.

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Minor Curriculum

MINOR CORE CURRICULUM - 12 CREDITS

(HRIR 3021 is a prerequisite for all HRIR courses.)

6 CREDITS FROM THE FOLLOWING:

Course Credits Title & Additional Information
HRIR 3031 2 Staffing and Selection: Strategic and Operational Concerns
HRIR 3041 2 Organizational Behavior: Work Motivation and Workplace Dynamics
HRIR 3051 2 Compensation: Theory and Practice
HRIR 3071 2 Union Organizing and Labor Relations

PLUS 6 ADDITIONAL CREDITS FROM THE MAJOR REQUIRED OR ELECTIVE COURSEWORK LIST

Please note that all classes are not offered every semester. Please check the class schedule on One Stop for details.

Career

Human resources professionals are strategic partners with business leaders at all levels of the organization and provide consultation on a wide range of employment issues, each of which are critical to the success of the enterprise:

  • HR professionals align people management practices with organizational goals while maintaining the ethical integrity of the workplace.
  • HR professionals actively oversee the analysis and design of work, talent acquisition, training and development, compensation and benefits packages, and the promotion of a high-performance culture.
  • Successful and effective HR professionals are highly analytical and business-minded, and understand the role and interplay of multiple company functions, including finance, accounting, operations, sales, marketing, and information technology.
  • To facilitate better decision making, HR professionals collect and analyze complex workplace data to understand trends, behaviors, and predict future HR program needs.
  • HR professionals oversee and promote ethical behavior and an inclusive, safe workplace. As employee advocates, they serve to create a work environment that fosters employee well-being and resolves workplace conflict. Issuing guidance on employment laws and regulations, as well as working with labor unions, are additional key components of human resource management.

Sample Plans & Tracks

Human Resources & Industrial Relations
Human Resources w/ fall semester abroad (junior year)
Human Resources w/ fall semester abroad (senior year)
Human Resources w/ spring (junior) semester abroad
Human Resources w/ spring (senior) semester abroad

Sample Interest Tracks

We encourage all students to meet with an advisor to develop an interest track that reflects their interest in the field of human resources and industrial relations.

Compensation and Benefits

HRIR 3051 Compensation: Theory and Practice
INS 4101 Employee Benefits: Public Policy and Practice
HRIR 5655 Public Policies on Work and Pay
HRIR 5662 Personnel Economics

Trade Unions and Labor Relations

HRIR 3071 Union Organizing and Labor Relations
HRIR 3072 Collective Bargaining and Dispute Resolution
HRIR 5655 Public Policies on Work & Pay
HRIR 5252 Employment & Labor Law for the HRIR Professional

Staffing, Training, and Developing Workers

HRIR 3031 Staffing and Selection: Strategic and Operational Concerns
HRIR 3032 Training and Development
HRIR 5222 Managing Diversity
HRIR 5252 Employment and Labor Law for the HRIR Professional

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