Facebook Twitter YouTube Flickr Google Plus
Human Resources Management

A degree in the field of Human Resources Management encompasses a broad view of traditional personnel functions, including recruitment, selection, development and evaluation of individuals, as well as the planning, design and management of various organizational functions. Majoring in HRM will help you develop the skills to succeed in careers in human resources.

Human resource managers are concerned with the effective use of human resources in organizations. This field encompasses a broader view of the traditional personnel function to include not only the recruitment, selection, development and evaluation of individuals, but the planning, design and management of various organizational functions. 

The major in Human Resources Management develops the skills needed to administer the personnel functions of organizations. It is designed primarily for students who intend to pursue careers in administration, personnel management, labor relations or wherever the management of people at work is a central concern. Emphasis is placed on developing an intensive understanding of the concepts and techniques needed to acquire, develop and utilize an organization’s human resources. The program includes broad coverage of such topics as personnel psychology, personnel administration and labor/management relations, in addition to providing basic knowledge of organizational behavior.

Oakland University’s Human Resources Management program is certified by the National Society of Human Resource Management.

Common Careers:

Edit tab Direct link

Human Resources Management is a minor designed to prepare students for careers in business.  The minor is tailored with courses to maximize students’ abilities to gain knowledge and skills in a concentrated timeframe.  Students looking to minor in Human Resources Management can pair this concentration with a variety of other business and non-business majors.

Just like Human Resources Management majors, students who minor in Human Resources Management have access to several different student organizations on OU’s campus.  Some student organizations are SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management and Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional business fraternity.  These organizations give students the opportunity to become more involved with the student body, develop leadership skills, open doors for internships and jobs, and cultivate friendships that can last a lifetime.

The career opportunities for Human Resources Management minors are plentiful and varied.  Some examples of employment OU students may find with a Human Resources Management major or minor include recruiting managers, payroll managers, staffing managers, employee relations managers, and compensation and benefits managers. Career services can help students narrow their career focus. 

Oakland University’s Human Resources Management program is certified by the National Society of Human Resource Management.

Edit tab Direct link
major requirements
minor requirements
apply now
Contact Us

Karen Markel
Faculty adviser
(248) 370-4981

Kenneth M. York
Faculty adviser
(248) 370-3272

AcademicsUndergraduate AdmissionsGraduate AdmissionsOnline ProgramsSchool of MedicineProfessional & Continuing EducationHousingFinancial Aid & ScholarshipsTuitionAbout OUCurrent Student ResourcesAcademic DepartmentsAcademic AdvisingEmergenciesFinancial ServicesGeneral EducationGet InvolvedGraduate StudiesGraduation & CommencementKresge LibraryOU BookstoreRegistrationAthleticsGive to OUGrizzlinkAlumni EngagementCommunity ResourcesDepartment of Music, Theatre & DanceMeadow Brook HallMeadow Brook TheatreOU Art GalleryPawley InstituteGolf and Learning CenterRecreation CenterUniversity Human ResourcesAdministrationCenter for Excellence in Teaching & LearningInstitutional Research & AssessmentInformation TechnologyReport a Behavioral ConcernTrainingAcademic Human Resources
Oakland University | 2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester, Michigan 48309-4401 | (248) 370-2100 | Contact OU | OU-Macomb
Coordinate map of Auburn Hills Entrance