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Human Resource Management Concentration

Human resource management is one of the business priorities today. We know that the viability of a business is determined by the value of its employees, which means that the effective management of human resources is more critical than it has ever been. Companies recognize that in order to be successful, they must invest in effectively developing the organization’s most valuable asset – its people.

About our Program

Poole College’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Concentration in Human Resource Management gives students the knowledge and skill-set to design and implement programs to effectively manage an organization’s employees. The program’s curriculum provides a foundation in human resource principles, including compensation and benefits, policies, administration, decision making and strategy, as well as a passion for helping others to grow and develop within an organization.

Students complete core courses in business functions, as well as specialized courses in human resources analytics, staffing, leadership and management. Poole’s concentration in human resource management helps students to develop the technical, problem-solving and communications skills necessary to keep employees resilient and motivated in an ever-changing world.

What Will I Learn?

Human Resource Management concentration graduates will understand how to:

  • Organize, analyze and apply information to make business decisions.
  • Recognize social responsibility issues, ethical dilemmas and alternative solutions of business organizations.
  • Integrate business concepts to entrepreneurial ventures.
  • Build and grow new business ventures.
  • Identify and analyze opportunities.
  • Research, write and present fully-integrated business plans. 
  • Evaluate methods for fund generation and distribution for entrepreneurial businesses.

Why Human Resource Management at NC State?

The approach to the HR Concentration is to ensure that the curriculum is relevant, evidenced-based, and application-oriented. In doing so, students can experience Human Resource Management situations with businesses, reflect on their learning, engage with HR practitioners and apply their knowledge.

Video Simulation to Improve Career Fair Outcomes

As part of Paul Mulvey’s Strategic Staffing course, students are required to view a video of an actor modeling best practice behavior in interacting with a company representative. They then get to record themselves and got feedback from assigned mentors – human resource professionals across the U.S.

Curriculum Overview and Degree Requirements

Students start their time at NC State Poole College of Management as either a management first year student (if you are a freshman) or in a major (if you are a transfer student). Regardless of your path, you will have plenty of time to explore the different things you want to do in business and human resources.

The business administration, human resource management program requires that students complete 120 credits towards the degree, comprised of courses in humanities and social sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, general electives and credits specific to the human resource management program. Students also get a broad education in key business areas by taking core courses in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, operations and supply chain management, IT, marketing along with a capstone business strategy course.

Business Administration major – Human Resource Management concentration requirements include 46 credits:

  • Core Business Courses (34 credits), including MIE 201 Introduction to Business Processes, BUS 320 Financial Management and MIE 330 Human Resource Management.
  • Human Resources Requirements (9 credits), including MIE 434 Compensation Systems and MIE 437 Human Resources Analytics.
  • Human Resources Electives (3 credits), including MIE 432 Labor and Employee Relations and MIE 435 Leadership and Management.

For full degree requirements, visit the NC State Catalog. To view individual courses, descriptions and schedules, use the Course Search.

Careers in Human Resource Management

Organizations of all sizes and across all industries need human resource professionals to succeed, which is why so many students are drawn to careers in the field. Upon graduation, students are prepared for employment in a variety of roles in the public or private sector.

The average salary self-reported by our HR concentration graduates in 2020 was $49,934.

Careers include:

  • Recruiter/employment specialist
  • Benefits administrator
  • Human resource generalist
  • Training specialist
  • Career counselor
  • Compensation analyst
  • Employee relations specialist
  • Labor relations specialist
  • Human resource manager
  • Human resource consultant
  • Chief human resources officer
  • Training and development manager
  • Employee engagement director 
  • … and more!

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