Does managing all things regarding employees in a company—from hiring talent to ensuring compliance with governmental regulations—interest you? Do you enjoy working with people and helping them achieve their goals? The human resources concentration will grow these interests through studies in human resource management, organizational psychology, social psychology and labor economics.

Human resource management (HRM) is an area of business responsible for recruiting, managing and providing direction for the individuals who work within an organization. In this field, you may be responsible for employee acquisition, employee relations and development, diversity and inclusion, compensation and benefits, as well as succession planning and government compliance. 

Calvin's program in human resource management will teach you to:

  • Understand key issues in integrated talent management
  • Acquire, evaluate, develop and manage talent
  • Formulate and implement human resource management strategies
  • Understand the role of vocation in the performance of God-glorifying work

"Calvin's HR program enabled me to discover my passion for human resources and refine skills relevant to the HR world through smaller class sizes, HR clubs and close relationships with my business professors. By getting involved and committing to my education and classes, I was able to create the experiences that I needed in order to obtain a full-time HR generalist position in Grand Rapids." —Danielle D'Ottavio '12, Human Resources Generalist, Pella Windows & Doors by HORNE

Considering human resource management?

HRM professionals are helpful. Consider this field if you have:

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including active listening skills
  • Analytical thinking abilities
  • Strategic thinking abilities
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Statistical skills
  • Computer skills

Recent internships

Each year, more than 90% of business and accounting students complete internships. HRM students recently found internships at businesses that include:

  • Haworth
  • Gordon Food Service
  • HR Collaborative
  • Steelcase
  • Bissell

Course Requirements 2014-2015

In addition to the courses in the general business major, take these specialized courses to complete the concentration in operations:

Careers in human resource management

Human resources professionals are concerned with the health and well-being of employees and work to support and encourage them. Areas in which you might work include:

  • Recruiter
  • HR generalist
  • HR consultant
  • Compensation analyst
  • Trainer
  • Employee relations specialist
  • Labor lawyer
  • Industrial-organizational psychologist
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