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.