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Human Resource Management Major Guide for 2009-2010

What is Human Resource Management

How an organization manages its human assets - its talent - may be the single most important factor in sustained competitive success.  Human resource management requires attracting, developing, and maintaining an effective workforce within an organization.  Human resource management professionals forecast human resource needs and recruit and select individuals to match job needs.  They also develop training programs, performance appraisal procedures, and compensation systems. 

Career Opportunities in Human Resource Management

Human resource management majors are in demand in a variety of business sectors, including manufacturing, retailing, banking, transportation, technology, health care, and hospitality, as well as government agencies and non-profit organizations.

Salary Trends in Human Resource Management

For salary information by occupation in the U.S. or for individual states, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Compensation Survey website.

High School Preparation

High school students should follow a college preparatory curriculum and take their high school’s recommended courses in Math, English, and Foreign Language.  Appropriate electives include any business courses, as well as courses in computer software applications and written and oral communication.  The College of Business Administration further encourages all high school students to 1) explore international business issues and opportunities, 2) participate in student organizations and clubs, and 3) volunteer in their community.

How to Major in Human Resource Management

All students admitted into the College of Business Administration are admitted as pre-majors and must earn admission to a major prior to the completion of 75 hours of coursework.

To earn admission to the human resource management major, students must attain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in the following coursework or honors equivalents:

  • Mathematics 123-125 or 141-142 (6 or 8 hours);
  • Written Communication (3 hours from English 255 or 295);
  • Oral Communication (3 hours from Communication Studies 210 or 240);
  • Accounting 200 (3 hours);
  • Economics 201 (4 hours);
  • Statistics 201 (3 hours);
  • Business Administration 201 (4 hours)

Requirements for Human Resource Management

All majors in the College of Business Administration are required to take a total of 120 hours to graduate:  59 hours of general education courses, 14 hours of pre-business core courses, 23 hours of business core courses, and 24 hours of courses in the major. 18 of the 24 hours of major coursework must be taken in residence at the University of Tennessee.  A minimum grade of C must be earned in every course counted towards the major.  When students are admitted to a major in the college, they are required to have a laptop computer.

Special Programs, Co-ops, and Internships

Global Leadership Scholars
The Global Leadership Scholars (GLS) program offered by the College of Business Administration promotes the development of international and intercultural awareness, leadership, and personal and professional growth and responsibility.  Through honors classes, seminars in leadership training, international experiences, and extracurricular activities, GLS students work together and with honors faculty to develop the skills necessary to become future international business leaders.  Applications are accepted from first-year students in their second semester.

Internships
Students may earn academic credit for internships through Human Resource Management 492.  This internship and career development experience provides students with an opportunity to integrate and apply the knowledge and skill-based competencies obtained in the classroom.  Skills gained through the internship will also assist students in making a career decision and transitioning to the corporate world.

Society for Human Resource Management
The UT Society for Human Resource Management promotes knowledge, skills, and the practice of human resource management and works with professionals to advance the promotion of human resource careers and information.

Highlights of Human Resource Management

Within the 24 hours of their major, students may study two areas of emphasis:  their major with a collateral or their major with a dual concentration.  With a collateral, students complete 15 hours in their major and 9 hours in their collateral area.  With a dual concentration, students complete 12 hours in each area of emphasis.  The human resource management major offers collateral areas of study in entrepreneurship, information management, international business, and marketing, as well as a dual concentration option in international business.

Ready for the World logoReady for the World

Seeking to instill a global perspective in all of its students, the College of Business Administration challenges undergraduates to develop the requisite knowledge and skills to prosper in today’s global business environment.  To help students meet that challenge, the college provides these critical tools:  an enhanced core curriculum that covers international business topics in all relevant courses; extraordinary programs for international study and internships; and a unique opportunity to delve into the principles of international business through a collateral or concentration in international business.

The college requires all students pursuing a collateral or dual concentration in international business to have an international educational experience.  Coursework in the international business collateral or dual concentration may be completed through a study abroad program.

Learn more about UT's Ready for the World initiative to help students gain the international and intercultural knowledge they need to succeed in today's world.

Sample Curriculum

Collateral Option
Freshman Year Credit Hours
Written Communication: English 101, 102 6
Quantitative Reasoning: Math 123-125 or 141-142 6 or 8
Cultures and Civilizations: Intermediate Foreign Language 6
Natural Sciences 6 - 8
Social Sciences   3
Oral Communication: Communication Studies 210 or 240 3
Sophomore Year Credit Hours
Accounting 200    3
Social Sciences: Economics 201    4
Written Communication: English 255 or 295   3
Statistics 201    3
Business Administration 201   4
Arts and Humanities   6
Non-US History   3
Electives   3
Junior Year Credit Hours
Business Administration 331-332   4
Business Administration 341-342   4
Ethics: Philosophy 243, 244, or 443   3
Finance 301   3
Management 331 3
Business Administration 353   3
Business Administration 361   3
Human Resource Management 360 3
Collateral   3
Senior Year Credit Hours
Business Law 301   3
Human Resource Management 370 3
Collateral 6
Human Resource Management 480   3
Human Resource Management 485   3
Management 402   3
Electives   7-11
GRAND TOTAL 120

HRM Collateral Options
Entrepreneurship - MGT 350; MGT 451: MGT 460
Information Management – IM 341; IM 342; and either IM 442 or 443
International Business – Three courses from: IB 409, 419, 429, 439, 449, 459, or 469; and IB 489
Marketing - MKT 340; MKT 350; MKT 360

Dual Concentration with International Business
Freshman Year Credit Hours
Written Communication: English 101, 102   6
Quantitative Reasoning: Math 123-125 or 141-142   6 or 8
Cultures and Civilizations: Intermediate Foreign Language   6
Natural Sciences   6 - 8
Social Sciences   3
Oral Communication: Communication Studies 210 or 240   3
Sophomore Year Credit Hours
Accounting 200    3
Social Sciences: Economics 201    4
Written Communication: English 255 or 295 3
Statistics 201    3
Business Administration 201   4
Arts and Humanities   6
Non-US History   3
Electives 3
Junior Year Credit Hours
Business Administration 331-332   4
Business Administration 341-342   4
Ethics: Philosophy 243, 244, or 443   3
Finance 301   3
Business Law 301 3
Business Administration 353   3
Business Administration 361   3
Human Resource Management 360 3
Human Resource Management 370 3
International Business 489   0
Senior Year Credit Hours
*International Business 12
Human Resource Management 480 3
Human Resource Management 485 3
Management 402 3
Electives 7-11
GRAND TOTAL 120

*Any four courses chosen from: International Business 409, 419, 429, 439, 449, 459, or 469

For More Information

College of Business Administration
Undergraduate Programs
342 Haslam Business Building
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865) 974-5096
Fax: (865) 974-6106
Email:  busad@tennessee.edu

 

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