Human Resource Management Concentration

General Information




School of Management

BT 650

(408) 924-3550

The concentration provides the academic foundation for careers concerned with the acquisition, development, and effective utilization of the human resources of the individual organization and economic system as a whole. This area of study is concerned broadly with many problems of human resource management, including recruitment and staffing, training, management and employee development, employment and union-management relations, wage and salary management, evaluation of employee performance, national human resource policies and programs, organizational behavior, development, and leadership. The concentration qualifies graduates for positions in private and public sector organizations.


Course type


General Education:

48-51 units

Business Pool:

12 units (6 of these units fulfill Core GE requirements)

Non-Business Support:

14 units (3 units fulfill Core GE requirements, 6 units fulfill SJSU Studies)

Lower Division Business Core:

7-10 units

Upper Division Business Core:

27 units (3 units fulfill SJSU Studies)

Human Resource Concentration:

18 units

Electives or minor:

Units needed to reach 120 and fulfill all requirements


A 2.0 (C average) is required in the major in order to earn the BS degree. The cumulative GPA for all business courses must be 2.0 or better in order to graduate.

Human Resource Management Concentration (18 units)

Required Courses (15 units):

BUS3 150* Fundamentals of Human Resource Management

BUS3 154* Workforce Planning, Staffing and Training

BUS3 157* Legal and Regulatory Issues in Human Resource Management

BUS3 158* Compensation and Reward Systems

BUS3 159*#Senior Seminar in HR Management


Choose one of the following electives required within the concentration (3 units):

BUS3 151* Labor Relations

BUS3 152* Human Resource Information Systems

BUS3 153* Management of Diversity

BUS3 155* Performance Management and Development

BUS3 156* International Issues in HR Management



Bus 150 or instructor consent is a prerequisite for all Human Resource Management classes.
#Bus 150, Bus 157, and 158 are prerequisites to Bus 159. Bus 159 requires graduating senior status.
Bus 157 & 159 are for Human Resource Management majors, only.
@ Bus 91L is a prerequisite to Bus 152.

*All courses within the concentration require grades of "C-" or better, as of Fall 2004. In order to graduate, a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better is required in all business courses.

Business Pool

As of Fall 2009, ALL concentrations will require grade minimums of “C” or better in BUS 20, BUS 90, Math 70, and ENGL 1B. Grades of “C-“ earned prior to to Fall 2009 will satisfy major requirements.

Freshmen admitted in fall 2010 or later must complete MATH 71 with a grade of C or better. Transfer students and Freshmen admitted prior to fall 2010 complete MATH 70, Finite Math, with C or better.

MATH 71 Business Calculus

English 2 Composition 

(or, if continuous enrollment began before Fall 2015, English 1B)

BUS1 20 Financial Accounting

BUS2 90 Business Statistics


Non-Business Support Courses

ECON 1A Macroeconomics

ECON 1B* Microeconomics

PHIL 186 Prof. Business Ethics (Area S)

Non-Business Global Perspectives (Area V)

(See approved list in JHSSC)

Lower Division Business Core

BUS3 10 Discovering Business(Highly recommended for Freshmen)

BUS1 21 Managerial Accounting

BUS3 80 Legal Environment of Business

BUS4 91L Computer Tools for Business (1 unit)


Upper Division Business Core

COMM 100W,  ENGL 100WB, or  LLD 100WB(C or better) (Requires passing the WST)

BUS2 130 Introduction to Marketing

BUS5 140 Fundamentals of Operations Management

BUS3 160 Fundamentals of Management and Organization Behavior

BUS1 170 Fundamentals of Finance

BUS5 187 Global Dimensions of Business

BUS4 188 Business Systems and Policy

BUS3 189 Strategic Management(Requires graduating senior status)

BUS2 190 Quantitative Business Analysis

General Education (48-51 Units)

Core GE


Course name



Basic Skills



Math Concepts (Math 71)



Science (including lab)



Humanities & Arts



Social Science*



Human Understanding & Dev.



American History**


U.S. 2&3

US Constitution & CA Government**                      Physical Education (2 separate & distinct activities)



Physical Education (2 different activities)


SJSU Studies (Requires Passing the WST)


Course name



Self & Society (Phil 186)



Earth & Environment



Culture & Civilization (See Non Business Global above)



Written Communication II (100W)  (Requires a C or better)


*   Econ 1B fulfills area D1 for Business majors
** Areas U.S.1,U.S.2 & U.S.3 may also fulfill Areas D2 & D3 (See JHSSC advisor for details)

Interdisciplinary Electives or Minor (See a JHSSC advisor for details)

Total Unit Requirement - 120 Units