The College of Business boasts a wide variety of majors and concentrations for prospective and undeclared students to choose from. With so many options it can be tough to figure out which is the best fit for you. If you enjoy understanding human behavior and motivation, leadership, strategy, and management then the new human resource management concentration for management majors might just be the right choice for you.
What does an HR management major do?
Students in HR will learn not only the basics of HR but also how to use their skills to make the organization they’re a part of more competitive in the marketplace. “Students in the HR concentration will have the opportunity to learn more the most important asset in an organization – people,” says Nick Prince, assistant professor of management. “How do we manage them? How do we find the right talent that fits with your business? What can you do to motivate your employees to work hard and be a contributor to your organization?” Upon graduation students will be prepared to develop and implement policies and practices for recruitment, socialization, training, development, compensation, performance management, career planning, and employee relations within their company.
Classes as an HR Management Major
HR students start out with the standard College of Business courses every business major begins with, after that, they move on to standard management courses, and then finally their concentration courses. If you’re interested in the major but aren’t quite ready to commit to it with paperwork, then taking some exploratory classes in the major such as Management and Organization or Organizational Behavior and Leadership is a great way to get your feet wet. Classes for the HR concentration focus on providing students not just with basic knowledge, but an understanding of how to apply what they learn. “One of the keys that we are trying to help our students take away isn’t just the nuts and bolts of HR,” Prince said. “That is important, but we are also striving to help our students to understand how HR can be used to make their organization more competitive.
How you can get involved as an HR Management Major
A new chapter of the human resource organization Society of Human Resource Managers has just launched at the University of Wyoming. Through this club, students have the opportunity to tap into a valuable network of not only other HR majors but also professors and successful HR professionals. SHRM members have access to a vast network and a number of valuable materials, such as a membership to internship.com, and case competitions among other benefits. The UW chapter intends to build a network with businesses across Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah, as well as other states. They are also planning to organize at least one trip per year where members go and visit a variety of businesses to expose students to the variety of jobs that are available to HR graduates.
Life as an HR Management Major
Human Resources is a fast expanding field as employers are shifting their focus more and more onto understanding their employees in order to have a more effective organization. Students who graduate from the University of Wyoming with a degree in human resource management can get jobs in positions such as head hunter, HR specialist, general management in large organizations, or even as a small business owner. The options for where you can go and what field you can work in with HR are limitless. According to Prince, “In essence, if it involves people it involves HR.”
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