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Human Resource Management Overview and Curriculum

Effective Fall 2012 to Summer 2013

Human Resource Management

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Human Resource Management (HR) focuses on the people issues in organizations, and refers to all of the activities an organization implements and uses to affect the behaviors of employees. HR activities play a key role in supporting an organization's ongoing efforts to adapt to change successfully, and HR professionals are sought by all sizes and types of organizations.

HR activities include recruitment, selection, training and development, compensation, benefits, performance appraisal, employee relations, health and safety, and strategic HR planning. The contributions of HR professionals make it possible for organizations to attract, motivate, and retain a qualified and effective work force.


The HR major provides a solid foundation for entry into the HR profession. Program highlights include:

  • Faculty with extensive experience in the HR field
  • A strong internship program, which allows qualified students to receive hands-on experience in HR jobs and receive college credit for the learning experience
  • A senior project that requires students to create an HR policy and procedures manual for a Dayton region business. This project gives students the opportunity to apply their classroom education to a real-world situation.
  • Coursework in the exact competency areas necessary for successful career performance.
  • Scholarship opportunities that pay for the certification exam offered by the Human Resources Certification Institute.
  • Certification: By fulfilling the requirements established by the national Human Resource Certification Institute, HR practitioners can be certified as HR professionals. Certification requirements include education, experience, and a passing score on an exam that covers the major content areas of HR knowledge he following four areas.
  • HR Club - Our award winning student HR Club has been recognized as one of the top ten student chapters in the nation by the Society for Human Resources Management. Students also network with the local SHRM Chapter and the many graduates of the program throughout the region.


Business core courses will be offered every semester. Major courses listed below may not be offered every semester. This information is provided for planning purposes and is subject to revision each semester prior to registration. Fact Sheets are available in 100 Rike Hall.

Required Courses

18 Hours

Course Title Sem(s) Offered Prerequisite(s)
MGT 3210 Human Resource Management F, S, R MGT 3100
MGT 4250 HR Practicum I: Compensation & Benefits* F MGT 3210, LAW 3000
MGT 4260 Staffing* F MGT 3210, LAW 3000
MGT 4720 High Performance Teams** F, S, R MGT 3100
MGT 4950 HR Practicum II: HR Strategy* S MGT 4250, 4260
LAW 4300 Legal Aspects of the Workplace F, S LAW 3000


Elective Courses

6 Hours (Choose two of the following)

Course Title Sem(s) Offered Prerequisite(s)
MGT 4200 Positive Organization Development F, S MGT 3100
MGT 4300 Organization Change & Conflict Management F, S MGT 3100
MGT 4400 Performance Management F, S MGT 3100
MGT 4700 Management Ethics F, S MGT 3100
MGT 4710 Employment Interviewing F, S MGT 3100
MGT 4750 Small Business Management F, S MGT 3100, MKT 2500, FIN 2210
MGT 4770 Training and Development F, S MGT 3100
MGT 4810 Internship F, S, R  
MGT 4850 International Management F, S, R MGT 3100

F = Fall
S = Spring
R = Summer

* Open only to HRM majors.
** MGT 4720 is Integrated Writing.
Note: 2.0 or better cumulative GPA in management and law courses is required for graduation.

To meet other students in your major, get to know the faculty better, and gain valuable career information, join the Management Club. For information, contact Ms. Lisa Crawford, 284 Rike Hall, (937) 775-4954.

Download: Human Resource Management Fact Sheet (PDF)