Human Resource Management Concentration

General Information

Department Office Phone
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 Units
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):

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


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.

*As of fall 2004, all courses within the concentration require grades of "C-" or better. 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.

Non-Business Support Courses

Lower Division Business Core

Upper Division Business Core

General Education (48-51 Units)

Core GE

Section Course name Units
A Basic Skills 9
B4 Math Concepts (Math 71) 3
B Science (including lab) 9
C Humanities & Arts 9
D Social Science* 9
E Human Understanding & Dev. 3
F1 American History**  
F2&3 US Constitution & CA Government**                      Physical Education (2 separate & distinct activities)  

SJSU Studies (Requires Passing the WST)

Section Course name Units
S Self & Society (Phil 186) 3
R Earth & Environment 3
V Culture & Civilization (See Non Business Global above) 3
Z Written Communication II (100W)                       (Requires a C or better) 3

*   Econ 1B fulfills area D1 for Business majors
** Areas F1,F2 & F3 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