Human Resources Management
The heart of every business, Human Resources Management is about helping to match people with purpose and shaping the culture of the business by supporting those who make it thrive. Managing Human Resources functions has evolved into a crucial aspect for any organization. A well-functioning HR group contributes significantly to an organization’s overall success.
"I chose to pursue a degree in Human Resources Management because I want to make a difference in the work-lives of employees. For something that makes up such a large portion of our lives, work should be rewarding, engaging, and positive – not filled with stress and dissatisfaction.”
Human Resources Management Major ‘23
EXPLORE OUR MAJOR
Earning an Undergraduate Degree in our Human Resources Management major will consist of at least 120 credit hours. Here are a few of the classes you would be taking:
- Human Resources Selection and Staffing
- Organizational Behavior and Leadership Skills
- Employee and Labor Relations
- Training and Development
- Business Information Systems
Check out the full curriculum here: Human Resources Management, B.B.A.
You will gain the HR skills needed to assume a vital leadership role in business and organizations; to serve as a link between management and employees; and to help organizations create the most effective and productive environments possible. Here are a few possible career paths you can choose to go into as a Human Resources Management major:
- Human Resources Manager
- Chief People Officer (CPO)
- Employee Relations Manager
- Benefits Manager
- Training Coordinator
Human resources continues to be a fast-growing field. Employment of HR managers is projected to grow at a 6% rate through 2029, faster than the average for all occupations.
POSSIBLE FUTURE EMPLOYERS
National, regional, and local businesses, as well as Fortune 500 companies and government entities, actively recruit our students. Employers speak of our program as one of the leading programs in the region. Some companies our Human Resources Management graduates have chosen to work for are:
- The J.M. Smucker Co.
Faculty, students, staff, alumni and more than 270 business professionals who work together to provide students with extraordinary opportunities – internships, professional development, global experiences, entrepreneurship, leadership, and more.
Students are provided strong support to get ready for the job market through the programs and opportunities provided by the College’s Professional Development Center and Universities Career Services.
THE AKRON ADVANTAGE
The University of Akron, College of Business has prepared a curriculum to respond to the industry's needs for business professionals.
Our faculty are highly credentialed and dedicated to providing an excellent learning experience for all our students. Classes are taught by experienced full-time faculty, not graduate assistants. Some of our full-time faculty are a few highly qualified business professionals who teach courses on a part-time basis.
The College of Business is one of only 188 business schools among thousands worldwide to hold dual accreditation from the AACSB.
The College of Business distributed nearly $5.3 million in scholarships to business students in 2019-2020. Receive more information on our scholarships on our scholarship page.
The Department of Management at The University of Akron consists of faculty with a rich history of business education and close relationships with the professional community.
Dr. Erin Makarius is an Associate Professor of Management and the Chair of the Management Department. While her teaching interests include human resources, organizational behavior, leadership, and managing people, her research focuses on boundary spanning in the form of work-life as well as international and organizational boundaries, with particular emphasis on the role of social networks and reputation in these processes.
Learn more about our Faculty from the College of Business on our Faculty Page.