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Academic Program Guide

Human Resource Management

College: Business
Degree: BS
Specialized Admission: Yes

Contact: College of Business Undergraduate Programs Office
Address: 328 Rovetta Business Building, FSU PO Box 3061110
Phone: (850) 644-3892

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

The Human Resource Management major is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to effectively staff and maintain the workforce of organizations. Beginning with a discussion of human behavior, the HRM major emphasizes the impact of such practices as staffing, compensation, training, and benefits on organizational effectiveness. Special emphasis is placed on analysis and development of change strategies designed to improve individual and organizational performance. Legal and ethical concerns in the treatment of employees are also thoroughly reviewed.

In the first two years at FSU, students should take courses to complete the following requirements: General Education requirements, Writing requirement, Diversity requirements, and Prerequisite Coursework requirements. Some courses may fulfill requirements in multiple areas. Electives in the first two years should focus on gaining additional exposure to the social and behavioral sciences, and on improving communication and analytical reasoning skills.

Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Coursework: (21 hours)
The following courses must be completed with a C minus or better:

ACG X021 (3) Introduction to Financial Accounting
ACG X071 (3) Introduction to Managerial Accounting
*CGS X100 (3) Microcomputer Applications for Business or CGS X518 (3) Spreadsheets for Business or CGS X060 (3) Computer Fluency
ECO X013 (3) Principles of Macroeconomics
ECO X023 (3) Principles of Microeconomics
MAC X233 (3) Calculus for Business and Non-Physical Sciences (Higher level Calculus courses will be accepted.)
STA X023 (3) Business Statistics (Higher level Statistics courses will be accepted)

*Students taking CGS X100 or CGS X060 or other approved course will also need to take CGS 2518 at FSU.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .


Admission Requirements to the Upper-Division Major:
Admission to the limited access business programs requires the following:
1) completion of at least 52 semester hours,
2) a cumulative grade point average on all college work attempted of at least 2.900, and
3) satisfactory completion of all required prerequisite coursework.

Major Program of Studies at FSU: (43-46 hours depending on if CGS2518 is taken as a prerequisite or not)

Courses taken at a Community College may not be substituted for 3000/4000 level courses.

Lower-Division Requirement: (4 hours)
These courses are Term 5 milestones. Transfer students must complete them in their first term of enrollment at FSU.

RMI 2302 (3) Risk in Business and Society
GEB 1030 (1) Intro. to Professional Development

General Business Core Requirements for Human Resource Management majors: (18 hours)
A grade of C minus or better must be earned in each course.

BUL 3310 (3) The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
FIN 3403 (3) Financial Management of the Firm
GEB 3213 (3) Business Communications
ISM 3541 (3) Introduction to Business Analytics
MAN 3240 (3) Organizational Behavior
MAR 3023 (3) Basic Marketing Concepts

General Business Breadth Requirements for Human Resource Management Majors: (9 hours)
Each course selected must be completed with a grade of C minus or better.

Must complete the following course:
MAN 4720 (3) Strategic Management and Business Policy

Plus two (2) electives from the following list of courses:
FIN 3244 (3) Financial Markets, Institutions, and International Finance Systems
ISM 3003 (3) Foundations of Management Information Systems
MAN 3600 (3) Multinational Business Operations
MAR 3231 (3) Retail Management
MAR 3400 (3) Professional Selling
QMB 3200 (3) Quantitative Methods for Business Decisions
REE 3043 (3) Real Estate
RMI 3011 (3) Risk Management/Insurance

Major Area Requirements for Human Resource Management Majors: (15 hours)
A grade of C minus or better must be earned in each course used to satisfy the Human Resource Management major area requirements. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 must be earned in the courses used to satisfy this major.

All of the following courses:
MAN 4301 (3) Human Resource Management
MAN 4320 (3) Staffing (offered in Fall terms only)
MAN 4310 (3) Disability Inclusion in the Workforce

Plus two (2) electives from the following:
MAN 4113 (3) Diversity Management
MAN 4201 (3) Organizational Analysis and Change
MAN 4330 (3) Compensation
MAN 4350 (3) Training and Development (offered Spring terms only)
MAN 4390 (3) Current Issues in Human Resource Management
MAN 4401 (3) Management of Labor and Industrial Relations
MAN 4441 (3) Negotiation and Conflict Management
MAN 4605 (3) Cross Cultural Management
MAN 4941 (3) Field Study in Management
RMI 4135 (3) Employee Benefit Plans

Digital Literacy: (0 hours beyond prerequisites)
CGS 2060 (3), CGS2100 (3) or CGS2518 (3) may be taken for admission. CGS2518 is a required course for graduation in the Human Resources Management major.

Oral Communication Competency: (0 hours beyond major coursework)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. Business majors take GEB 3213.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hours Required 120
General Education 36*
Prerequisite Coursework 21*
Major Coursework 46
Minor Coursework 0
Digital Literacy 0 beyond prerequisites.
Oral Competency 0 beyond major coursework
Electives to bring total credits to 120 (must complete at least 60 hours outside of business)

*Some Prerequisite courses may also be counted as part of General Education requirements.


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1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, at least 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. At least half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University. After enrolling at this University, all remaining major course requirements must be completed at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information

Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Personnel Technician/Manager, Employee Benefits Manager, Trainer/Training Director, Labor Relations Manager, Wage and Salary Analyst, Job Analyst, Employment Interviewer, Mediator/Arbitrator, Human Resource Specialist, Recruiter.

Representative Employers: Manufacturers, Governmental Agencies: local, state, federal, Retailers, Any Large Organization, private or public.

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