Calvin's human resources concentration

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 resource management major will grow these interests through studies in human resource management, organizational psychology, social psychology, and labor economics.

Human Resource Management (HRM) is the field of study responsible for helping organizations achieve excellence in areas related to their people. Individuals in HRM area are responsible for talent acquisition, employee relations and development, performance management, diversity and inclusion, compensations and benefits, as well as succession planning and government compliance.  HRM practices directly impact a business’ most valuable resource: its people. While many of the traditional administrative functions of HRM have been automated and outsourced in recent years, the strategic impact of HRM has become increasingly important to organizational success.

Note: beginning in fall 2019, the human resource management major will replace the human resource concentration within a business major. All new or prospective students considering a human resource management major should use the 2019 New HRM Major Info tab to plan their academic path. All business students should consult with their academic advisor to discuss how these changes will affect their academic goals.

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

Careers in Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management majors work in the following areas or pursue graduate study and/or professional certification in HRM: HR generalist, talent acquisition specialist, compensation analyst, learning and development specialist, employee relations specialist, labor lawyer, industrial-organizational psychologist.

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

Beginning in fall 2019, the human resource management major will replace the HR concentration within the business major. Below is an example academic plan for achieving the new human resource management major in four years, followed by a complete list of courses required for the major. You can also download this information as a PDF document.

Four-year plan for the human resource management major

Below is an example four-year plan, showing required major course and cognates for the human resource management major.

This table shows the new course numbers which will start fall 2019, with current class numbers and credit hours in parentheses.  Note that for entry into 300-level courses in the BA Human Resource Management major, students must achieve at least a “C” in BUS 101, BUS 201, and ACCT 203.







BUS 101 (BUS 160) (3)
IS 175 (3)

IDIS 150 (3)

STAT 143 or PSYC 255  (3)
CAS 101, 141, or ART 153 (3)



ECON 221 (3)
ACCT 203 (3)
BUS 201 (BUS 360) (3)


ECON 222 (3)
ACCT 204 (4)
HRM Elective 1 (3-4)



HRM 305 (BUS 366) (3)
MKTG 301 (BUS 380) (3)

Off campus?

HRM 301 (BUS 365) (3)
BUS 392 (BUS 362) (3)
HRM Elective 2 (3)



HRM 310 (3)
BUS 393 (BUS 396) (3)

Off campus?

BUS 394 (BUS 397) (3)

Career or grad school

HRM Elective 1

  • One from BUS 391 (Business Internship in HRM), SCM 301 (Operations), or PSYC 256 (Fundamentals of Research)*

* note: PSYC 255 is a prerequisite for PSYC 256

HRM Elective 2

  • One from CAS 362 (Organizational Communication)**, ECON 335 (Human Resource Economics)

** note: CAS 101 or 141 is a prerequisite for CAS 362

What should you consider taking now?

Take prerequisite courses for BUS 201, HRM 301, and HRM 305 ASAP so you can take these courses early enough to prepare you well for an HRM internship.

Note that FIN 301 (formerly BUS 370) is not required, so only take it if you want to.

Get involved in HR Club right away to take advantage of the initiatives they offer and to prepare for a leadership role in the club.

Complete course list for the human resource management major

Below is a chart listing course requirements for a human resource management major.

BA Human Resource Management (Major)New Major Courses Starting Fall 2019Credit HoursCurrent Course EquivalenciesCredit HoursSemester Offered Fall 18 - Spring 19
Required in New Major
Managerial Accounting ACCT 203 3 ACCT 203 3 FA, SP
Financial Accounting ACCT 204 4 ACCT 204 4 FA, SP
Introduction to Business BUS 101 3 BUS 160 3 FA, SP
Management and Organizational Behavior BUS 201 3 BUS 360 3 FA, SP
Business Ethics BUS 392 3 BUS 362 3 FA, SP
Strategic Management BUS 393 3 BUS 396 3 FA, SP
Business Capstone BUS 394 3 BUS 397 3 FA, SP
Human Resource Management HRM 301 3 BUS 365 3 SP
The Psychology of Work HRM 305 3 BUS 366 3 Next offered F’19
Special Topics in Human Resource Management HRM 310 3 None
Marketing MKTG 301 3 BUS 380 3 FA, SP
One from:
Business Internship (in Human Resources) BUS 391 3 BUS 359 3 FA, SP
Operations SCM 301 3 BUS 363 3 SP
Fundamentals of Research PSYC 256 4 PSYC 256 4 FA, SP
One from:
Organizational Communication CAS 362 3 None
Human Resource Economics ECON 335 3 ECON 335 3 Not offered
Total Credits in Major 40-41
Principles of Microeconomics ECON 221 3 ECON 221 3 FA, SP
Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 222 3 ECON 222 3 FA, SP
Productivity Software IS 175 3 IDIS 110 and IS 171 2 FA, SP
Introduction to Probability  and Statistics, or equivalent STAT 143 4 STAT 143 4 FA, SP
One from:
Visual Culture ART 153 3 ART 153 3 FA, SP
Oral Rhetoric CAS 101 3 CAS 101 3 FA, SP
Visual Rhetoric CAS 141 3 CAS 141 3 FA, SP
Total cognate credits 16
Total credits in Major+Cognates 56-57

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