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Bachelor's Degree in Business: Human Resource Management

Kaitlin Barrer '15

Intern at Intel

Thoughtfully Creating Contemporary Leaders

The Human Resource Profession

Research conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management indicates that the three biggest challenges facing human resource (HR) executives over the next 10 years are retaining and rewarding the best employees (59% of HR professionals note this), developing the next generation of corporate leaders (52%), and creating a corporate culture that attracts the best employees to organizations (36%).


Glassdoor ranked HR Manager no. 6 in its "25 Best Jobs in America for 2016" listing.

The most valuable asset to any business is its people. A business is only as successful as its employees are engaged and productive. Human resource management is about managing this performance to ensure the organization achieves long term productivity from its most valuable employees.

The Human Resource Management Program

Portland State University’s comprehensive HR curriculum provides you with the strategic knowledge, technical skills, and practical experience to improve an organization’s operational performance. Given our location in the thriving business district in downtown Portland, it should come as no surprise that a significant part of our program involves connecting to business and to the Portland human resource community. HRMA’s numerous regional and national awards consistently highlight the quality of our students, faculty, and curriculum and show employers and the business community how successful the program and its students are.

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The Human Resource Management Curriculum

The HR program is based on theory interwoven with practice, so students gain a strong core understanding of the fundamentals, strategies, and technical skills needed to thoughtfully execute modern human resource tasks. As companies integrate a strategic approach into the HR field, they are looking for fearless leaders to maintain their integrity and strengthen the work culture of their business. Our classes are structured to equip you for challenges in both small and large companies, and since students are tasked to develop comprehensive HR programs, you will graduate with real world knowledge ready to apply to your position. 

Core Human Resource Management Courses (20 Human Resource credits required out of 82 credits required in Business):

  • Human Resource Management
  • Reward Systems and Performance Management
  • Staffing and Employee Selection
  • Human Resource Strategy (the HRM capstone)

Other Human Resource Management Courses:

  • Collective Bargaining/Labor Relations
  • Human Resources Information & Technology
  • Training and Development
  • HRM Internships & Practicums
  • Human Resource Information Systems & People Analytics

Other Management and Leadership Courses:

  • Contemporary Leadership Issues
  • Organizational Design and Change
  • The Power of Soul and Spirit in Business
  • Principles of International Management
  • Team Processes

Download the Human Resource Management Sequence Sheet (PDF) or additional details about our pre-requisites, requirements, credits and suggested sequences. Visit Degree Requirements for detailed requirements for your entire degree.

Related Program

Management & Leadership Concentration

Human Resource Students and Faculty

Human Resource Management Association Student Chapter at Portland State University School of Business in Oregon The Portland Human Resource Management Association’s (PHRMA) 35 year commitment to PSU is unmatched in the field, providing financial support, internships, faculty, and as many as 50 speakers yearly to the PSU School of Business HRM classes and the student HRMA chapter.  Through HRMA, students gain valuable applied experience as they work on applied projects and practice community-based learning. Our HR professors have extensive research and consulting experience, have strong connections with the HRM community both in Portland and around the world, and are industry executives with real world experience.

Your Career

Companies both big and small across all industries are in need of knowledgeable, effective, and strategic human resource leaders. Our Human Resource Management program provides you with practical experience that employers seek in HR candidates. The business community is waiting for you so join PSU’s major in Human Resource Management.