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Human Resource Management Concentration

Why Study Human Resource Management

Human resource management encompasses personnel, labor and industrial relations, compensation and benefits, training and development, and legal issues. The program is designed to provide you with a solid understanding of the wide range of opportunities in the field. The courses emphasize both the theoretical aspects and practical skills needed for success. By careful selection of elective courses, you can design a program to suit your individual career interests. 

Shippensburg University students develop knowledge and skills in job analysis, human resource planning, recruiting, interviewing, training and development, law, labor relations, and continuous improvement. Our graduates begin their careers in the human resource departments of corporations, government agencies, unions, and other private and public organizations.

Ship has a well-established Business Internship Program that provides opportunities for on-the-job experience while gaining college credits. These internship opportunities include businesses and corporations where there is a need for human resource management specialists. Internships often turn into job offers, according to post-graduate surveys of Ship business students.

The Human Resource Management Program at Shippensburg University is academically aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). SHRM Academic Alignment Programs are seen as a top choice for students seeking a career in Human Resources.

Internships often turn into job offers, according to post-graduate surveys of Ship business students. They are employed as:

  • Interviewers
  • Recruiters
  • Job analysts
  • Grievance and arbitration specialists
  • Negotiators
  • Compensation specialists
  • Safety directors
  • Training coordinators

The program also provides a solid foundation for graduate school in the areas of personnel, industrial relations, human resource management, and organizational development.

The average salary for human resource management jobs in PA is $63,000.

The undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in Management requires the completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours in the following areas:

  • General Education Courses: All students are required to complete the university's general education program, which provides a balanced liberal arts foundation.
  • Business Core Curriculum: Accounting majors take the same core curriculum as other business majors. This core includes economics, finance, information systems, marketing, organization behavior, and business law as well as other business subjects. See the College of Business website for complete course listings.
  • HRM Courses: A sequence of courses for HRM majors that provides the necessary technical knowledge with respect to tools, techniques, and concepts. HRM Courses

The John L. Grove College of Business has a number of clubs for students to participate in and learn more about their area of study outside the classroom. Student Professional Organizations provide a variety of opportunities for students to develop professional contacts, enhance their course of study with hands-on application, and build lasting friendships within the business community. The Human Resources Management Club (SHRM) promotes the ideas and principles of human resource management. Speakers from businesses are invited to the meetings to discuss current trends and issues in human resources and SHRM students compete in Regional and National student competitions. Membership to SHRM is open to all interested undergraduate students.