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Human resource specialists provide direction to organizations by helping recruit, train and retain talented employees. It’s a great program for students who enjoy working with others. Learn to steer the strategic direction and effectiveness of an organization while applying concepts to help manage and retain the most important asset – human capital.
At Columbia College, students learn the basics of business alongside talent acquisition, compliance, employee relations, compensations and benefits. You’ll also gain a better understanding of human resource systems in diverse and inclusive organizations.
In addition to accounting, economics and other foundational business skills, you’ll study:
Available program formats
This program is available online and in class at the following location(s):
Every industry relies on professionals to oversee employment, compensation and benefits, employee policies and training and development.
You’ll graduate prepared to contribute to the strategic goals of an organization. In addition to having business know-how and practical HR skills, you’ll also gain a better understanding of organizational and human behavior.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018-19 Edition, BLS.gov/OOH
Some possible paths include:
Columbia College's B.A. and B.S. in Human Resource Management degrees are aligned with Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. The guidelines are part of SHRM's Academic Initiative to define HR education standards. "Students enrolled in an HR degree program at an educational institution aligned to SHRM's core curriculum guidelines (SHRM HR Curriculum Guidelines) will be able to apply for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) exam". They must meet eligibility requirements (including experience) available at: https://www.shrm.org/certification/apply/eligibility-criteria/Pages/student-eligibility.aspx.
Students benefit from small classes taught by leaders in the industry. You’ll also gain experience through internship opportunities.
Built in 2019, New Hall houses the Robert W. Plaster School of Business. The first floor includes six classrooms with the latest educational technology and mobile furniture to allow for flexible seating. The first floor also includes event space, study areas and faculty offices. The top three floors house 150 students in suite-style rooms.
New Hall also has an outdoor terrace extending from the entrance of the building to the border of R. Marvin Owens field.
Our graduates work in a variety of industries.
"“I believe that all of my HR and business courses have allowed me to see things not just from the job seeker’s side but from the business side as well. That allows me to be able to give the veterans I work with a more realistic approach to their job-seeking process.”
— Nilsa Gonzalez ’19, Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management
Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Coordinator