Human Resource Management (HRM) professionals provide leadership for ensuring that organizations recruit, retain and develop the best employees. People are an organization's most valuable asset and HR professionals play a key role ensuring organizations have the best people.    HRM  will be especially attractive to those students who like working with a broad range of people and have excellent communication and negotiating skills.  HR professionals can be specialists who work in one area of HR or generalists who work in multiple areas.  Key HR areas include recruitment and selection, training and development, compensation and benefits, and employee relations.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world's largest membership organization for HR professionals.  The HR curriculum at YSU has been reviewed by SHRM and has been approved as aligned with SHRM's HR Curriculum Guidelines.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Human Resource managers are employed in  every industry. The field of Human Resources offers an array of potential career options including recruiters, placement managers, trainers, compensation analysts, compensation and benefits manager, employee relations managements, and safety coordinators.  Executive level positions include Vice President of HR, Chief HR Officer, and Executive Vice President.
 

STUDENT EXPERIENCES

Human Resource Management majors at Youngstown State University have the opportunity to build their leadership skills through various  WCBA student organizations. HR majors should plan to join the student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management.  Since the HR curriculum has been approved by SHRM, HR majors who are in their senior year and who meet the eligibility requirements may apply to take the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) exam.

All business majors are strongly encouraged to complete internships. Internships are career-related work experiences that enable students to apply their knowledge and skills in an organizational setting. In the WCBA, internships that are approved for academic credit must be paid. Completing a career-related internship increases a student's job opportunities upon graduation.   

COURSE TITLE S.H.
FIRST YEAR REQUIREMENT -STUDENT SUCCESS SEMINAR
YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
GENERAL EDUCATION
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Mathematics requirement Met through MATH 1552 (see Business Tool)
Arts and Humanities (6 s.h.)
PHIL 2628Business Ethics (required for major)3
Arts and Humanities elective3
Natural Sciences (2 courses, 1 with lab) (7 s.h.)7
Social Science (6 s.h.) Met through ECON 2610 and ECON 2630 (see Business Tool)
Social and Personal Awareness (6 s.h.)6
BUSINESS TOOL COURSES
Business tool courses must be completed with the grade of a "C" or higher and cannot be taken credit/no credit.
BUS 1500Exploring Business3
BUS 2600Business Applications of Microsoft Excel3
MATH 1552Applied Mathematics for Management4
ECON 2610Principles 1: Microeconomics3
ECON 2630Principles 2: Macroeconomics3
MGT 2604Legal Environment of Business 13
ACCT 2602Financial Accounting3
ACCT 2603Managerial Accounting3
ENGL 3742Business Writing3
ECON 3788Statistics for Business and Economics 13
BUSINESS CORE COURSES
To enroll in upper level business courses students must have successfully completed ENGL 1549 or 1550, ENGL 1551, PHIL 2628, CMST 1545, all Business Tool courses AND have a minumum 2.5 overall GPA.
Upper level business courses must be completed with the grade of a "C" or higher and cannot be taken credit/no credit.
BUS 3700Business Analytics3
BUS 3715Principles of International Business3
FIN 3720Business Finance3
MKTG 3702Business Professionalism1
MKTG 3703Marketing Concepts and Practice3
MGT 3725Fundamentals of Management3
MGT 3761Management Information Systems3
MGT 3789Operations Management3
MGT 4850Strategic Management and Leadership3
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT REQUIRED COURSES
MGT 3715Employee Relations and Workplace Ethics3
MGT 3750Managing Individuals in Organizations3
MGT 4810Compensation and Performance Appraisal spring term only4
MGT 4819Selection, Training, and Development fall term only4
MGT 4844
MGT 4845
Strategic Human Resource Management
and Projects in Human Resource Management spring term only
4
HUMAN RESOURCE UPPER LEVEL COURSE3
Select one of the following: MGT 3705, MGT 3755, MGT 4801, MGT 4895 or MGT 4899 Internship Recommended
MANAGEMENT UPPER LEVEL COURSES6
Select 6 SH of upper level MGT courses.
BUSINESS UPPER LEVEL COURSES3
Select 3 SH of upper level business courses (ACCT, ADV, BUS, ENT, FIN, MGT, MKTG).
NON-BUSINESS COURSES5
Total Semester Hours120-122

BSBA in Human Resource Management Suggested Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
YSU 1500
Success Seminar
or Strong Start Success Seminar
or Intro to Honors
1-2
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
3-4
BUS 1500 Exploring Business 3
MATH 1552 Applied Mathematics for Management 4
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
 Semester Hours14-16
Spring
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
PHIL 2628 Business Ethics 3
ECON 2610 Principles 1: Microeconomics 3
BUS 2600 Business Applications of Microsoft Excel 3
GE: SPA 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 2
Fall
ACCT 2602 Financial Accounting 3
ECON 2630 Principles 2: Macroeconomics 3
ENGL 3742 Business Writing 3
MGT 2604 Legal Environment of Business 1 3
GE: Social & Personal Awareness 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
ACCT 2603 Managerial Accounting 3
MKTG 3702 Business Professionalism 1
ECON 3788 Statistics for Business and Economics 1 3
MGT 3725 Fundamentals of Management 3
GE: Natural Science 3
GE: Arts & Humanities 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 3
Fall
MGT 3715 Employee Relations and Workplace Ethics 3
MGT 3750 Managing Individuals in Organizations 3
MKTG 3703 Marketing Concepts and Practice 3
BUS 3700 Business Analytics 3
Non-Business Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
MGT 4810 Compensation and Performance Appraisal (spring term only) 4
MGT 3761 Management Information Systems 3
FIN 3720 Business Finance 3
BUS 3715 Principles of International Business 3
HR Upper Level Course Internship Recommended 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 4
Fall
MGT 3789 Operations Management 3
MGT 4819 Selection, Training, and Development (fall tern only) 4
Management Upper Level Course 3
Upper Level Business Course 3
Non-Business Course 2
 Semester Hours15
Spring
MGT 4844
MGT 4845
Strategic Human Resource Management
and Projects in Human Resource Management (MGT 4844 (spring term only))
4
MGT 4850 Strategic Management and Leadership 3
MGT Upper Level Course 3
GE: Lab Science 4
 Semester Hours14
 Total Semester Hours120-122

ENGL 1550, ENGL 1551, Business Tool and upper level business courses must be completed with the grade of a "C" or higher and cannot be taken credit/no credit.

To enroll in upper level business courses students must have successfully completed ENGL 1550, ENGL 1551, PHIL 2628, CMST 1545, all Business Tool courses AND have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Indentification and knowledge of HR functions.
  • Understanding of employment and labor law.
  • Creation of training plan.
  • Ability to identify and critique selection methods.
  • Ability to create a job and pay structure within an organization.
  • Ensure HR practices are consistent w/ stratetegic goals of the org., dept., & other HR functions