The major in human resource management prepares students for careers in recruiting and employment, compensation, benefits, training and labor relations, while focusing on how organizations can better manage their human resources to perform more effectively.
Students will study recruitment and staffing, training, management and employee development, employment and union-management relations, wage and salary management, evaluation of employee performance, national and international human resource policies and programs, as well as organizational behavior, development and leadership.
This HR major reflects on the business partner model that the best HR professionals have a broad base of business skills allowing them to function as business partners within an organization. The major combines accounting, management, marketing, economics, business law and ethics courses with a strong internship program and the required human resource courses.
Seniors Matt Gutshall, Alanna Davis, Brad Smith, Travis Probasco, Diane O'Connell and Stephanie Correia presented their project work for Woodard & Curran at the company's corporate offices. The project was the culmination of their work in HR and Organizational Strategy class.
By providing research for corporate human resource offices, students prepare professionally and sometimes land a job after graduation at the company they were helping. Recently, the Compensation and Benefits Systems and Strategies class conducted a six-week long study of voluntary benefits for L.L. Bean. Students presented a business case and recommendations regarding possible additions to the company's employee benefit plans.
The L.L. Bean project was just one of 21 projects our human resource management majors have completed. Other projects include:
“Employee engagement is a very contemporary issue for companies; it's certainly high on our radar screen. The work the Saint Joseph's students helped us discover specifically was what Gen Y really looks for in an employer. We want to be able to communicate to all our employees, and prospective employees, in a way that works effectively for them.”
Marie Clements, assistant vice president of human resource strategies at UNUM