Human Resources Management
The Human Resource Management program 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 legal issues in employment, recruitment and staffing, training, management and employee development, employment and union-management relations, compensation and benefits management, evaluation of employee performance, national human resource policies and programs, organizational behavior, development, and leadership. The program qualifies graduates for positions in private and public sector organizations.
Today's human resource managers face turbulent times due to financial upheaval and
globalization. Organizations and companies have highly diverse personnel that require
sensitive leadership and effective communication. The benefits of well managed diversity
include better consumer understanding and greater talents to draw on in working with
global partners. Increasing health costs challenge HR managers to develop creative
solutions such as health assessment to proactively control costs through employee
wellness. Competing for the best and the brightest in the knowledge economy necessitates
attractive total compensation. Ever changing employment law in the litigious American
society requires continuing education to stay abreast of changes. Successful HR managers
in Silicon Valley can be strategic business partners in leading the most innovative
companies in the world.
Potential career paths include:
HR generalist, HR analyst, recruiter, compensation analyst, benefits administrator, training and development program manager, etc.