Human Resource Management Major (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management provides a strong foundation in business essentials with specialization in the areas of employee development and organizational performance. Studies include the fundamentals for H.R. professionals, as well as explorations in the management of change, conflict, diversity, and in the psychosocial dimension of organizations. Graduates will be prepared for careers that allow them to contribute to strategic advancement in business settings, in the nonprofit sector, and in the public sphere.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 120 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 30 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 is required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: General Education Program
Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*GPA: Major and any state certification GPA requirements may be higher and are indicated in program details.
A minimum grade of C- is required in all Major coursework. Some programs may have higher grade requirements for Major coursework as noted in the Major requirements section below. Students are allowed a maximum of two course overlaps. Overlaps can be used between Major, Minor, and General Education requirements with only one overlap being utilized between the Major and Minor. Please note that Option requirements are considered part of the Major. Students must complete 16 upper-level credits in majors within the College of Professional Studies, Online.

General Education Program Requirements

A minimum grade of D- is required in all General Education coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of two course overlaps. Overlaps can be used between Major, Minor and General Education requirements with only one overlap being utilized between the Major and Minor.

All General Education requirements, including CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking and IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar, must be taken prior to the capstone.

ENG 420The Writing Process4
COM 460Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics4
COM 480Visual Communication4
CRIT 501Introduction to Critical Inquiry4
Select one of the following:4
Math for Our World
Knowledge of Human Behavior & Social Systems4
Knowledge of the Physical & Natural World4
Knowledge of Human Thought & Expression4
CRIT 602Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking4
IDIS 601Interdisciplinary Seminar4
Total Credits40

Writing Program Requirements

All bachelor's degree candidates are required to complete four writing intensive courses as part of the University Writing Program Requirements as follows:

The Writing Process
One Writing Intensive course in the Major
One Writing Intensive course at the 600-level or above
One Additional Writing Intensive Course

Writing Intensive courses are identified with the label "Writing Intensive Course" in the "Attributes" section of the course description and/or a W following the course number.

Major Requirements

Prior to capstone enrollment, students are expected to complete the majority of their required major courses along with CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking and IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar. Students should consult with their advisor regarding specific major courses that may be completed with their capstone. Academic Advisor approval is required for registration to be processed.

Major in Human Resource Management
Foundation Courses
APST 405Career Development and Planning2
CMPL 402Excel2
HRM 420Human Resource Management4
HRM 470Human Resource Application in Today's Organizations4
MGMT 566Organizational Behavior4
MTH 504Statistics4
or MGMT 569 Budget Management
Intermediate Courses
HRM 580Change Management4
HRM 635Managing Conflict4
LD 600Becoming an Effective Leader4
MGMT 608Fostering Inclusion and Diversity in the Workplace4
Advanced Courses
HRM 660Recruitment, Selection, and Employee Development4
HRM 680Compensation and Performance Management4
HRM 710Law and Ethics in Human Resource Management4
HRM 740Workplace Coaching4
OPS 720Fundamentals of LEAN Process Improvement4
Integrative Capstone
MGMT 795Integrative Capstone: Industry-Based Internship4
or MGMT 797 Integrative Capstone: Industry-Based Project
or MGMT 798 Integrative Capstone: Strategic Management Experience
Total Credits60


Open electives are courses students will need to take in addition to their general education and major requirements in order to satisfy the remaining credit totals for their programs. Open electives are defined as any credit course offered by the College not already included in the student's general education, major, option or minor. Students will need 120 credits total to graduate with a bachelor's degree from the Online Division of the College of Professional Studies.

This degree plan is a sample and does not reflect the impact of transfer credit or current course offerings. UNH CPS Online undergraduate students should develop individual academic plans with their academic advisor during their first year at UNH.

Sample Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
APST 405 Career Development and Planning 2
CMPL 402 Excel 2
ENG 420 The Writing Process 4
HRM 420 Human Resource Management 4
General Education Course 4
COM 460 Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics 4
CRIT 501 Introduction to Critical Inquiry 4
MTH 402
Math for Our World
or Statistics
or Pre-Calculus
MGMT 566 Organizational Behavior 4
Second Year
COM 480 Visual Communication 4
HRM 470 Human Resource Application in Today's Organizations 4
MTH 504
or Budget Management
General Education Course 4
HRM 580 Change Management 4
MGMT 608 Fostering Inclusion and Diversity in the Workplace 4
General Education Course 4
Elective 4
Third Year
CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking 4
HRM 635 Managing Conflict 4
HRM 680 Compensation and Performance Management 4
Elective 4
HRM 660 Recruitment, Selection, and Employee Development 4
HRM 710 Law and Ethics in Human Resource Management 4
LD 600 Becoming an Effective Leader 4
Elective 4
Fourth Year
HRM 740 Workplace Coaching 4
OPS 720 Fundamentals of LEAN Process Improvement 4
Elective 4
Elective 4
MGMT 795
Integrative Capstone: Industry-Based Internship
or Integrative Capstone: Industry-Based Project
or Integrative Capstone: Strategic Management Experience
Elective 4
 Total Credits120
  • Gain competency in the fundamentals of human resources management.
  • Engage key concepts in organizational development.
  • Explore psychosocial dimensions and their impact on individuals and organizations.
  • Demonstrate awareness of and competency with diverse cultures in a global workforce.
  • Analyze information effectively to guide evidence-based decision-making.
  • Recognize and apply ethical principles and legal standards appropriate to human resources and business practice.
  • Advance organizational objectives by deploying human resources knowledge in the context of strategic management.