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Rawls College Offers Human Resource Management Concentration

Trevor Bell

April 22, 2015

Employment opportunities for all human resources positions are expected to grow much faster than average in the coming years. With an aging workforce, globalization and evolving technology, more companies and nonprofits are turning to HR managers who can help them think strategically about their recruiting, hiring, training, and retention practices. In addition to the growing demand, there is a growing interest in the HR field, with Forbes recently listing HR managers as a top-three job to have in the country. Recent industry trends have shown that graduates with at least a bachelor's degree have the best prospects, and those with certifications and/or experience will also have better outcomes in the job market.

The Rawls College of Business recognizes this need for a competitive advantage and specialization within the growing HR field. Because of this, the Area of Management has implemented a Human Resource Management (HRM) concentration, which has become recently fully aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)'s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. SHRM is the largest association devoted to HR management.

"We are very proud to be one of the select programs in the world aligned with SHRM. This alignment is a testimony to the high quality of our HRM concentration and students. We expect our HRM concentration and alignment with SHRM to help our students in their learning and career development, and future growth," said Dr. Yitzhak Fried, Coordinator of the Area of Management.

Courses in the HRM concentration, augmented by additional management and business courses, prepare the student for a wide variety of career paths. The curriculum is designed to build skills in analyzing and effectively dealing with individuals in the work place, while providing techniques essential to successful careers in HR management. The HRM concentration offers students the opportunity to learn the principles of effectively planning, organizing and leading organizations. The curriculum provides students the required knowledge and skills for leading people, teams and organizations, in order to serve the business industry in developing the leadership skills of organizations, working with people, and solving both qualitative and quantitative problems.

Additionally, the concentration will specifically give students an opportunity to participate in the Business Association and the Student Chapter of SHRM. This pre-professional organization builds skills and provides networking opportunities with future employers. With an SHRM-accredited concentration program, students are provided with opportunities to apply for numerous scholarship and foundation donation opportunities.

To learn more about the new HRM concentration, please contact Undergraduate Services Center.

This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.