Human Resource Management Concentration (25 units)

Required courses for concentration

MGMT 310 HR Management
MGMT 420 Compensation & Benefits Administration
MGMT 422 Staffing, Selection & Workforce Development
MGMT 428 Current Topics in HR MGMT
and one (1) of the following:
ECON 480 Human Resource Economics
MGMT 309 Career & Managerial Skills
MGMT 430 Negotiation, ADR & Conflict MGMT  


Course Descriptions

MGMT 310 Human Resource Management (5)

This course provides an overview of the functional areas of Human Resource Management. The course begins by examining environmental factors such as legislation, organizational strategy, labor, and global issues. Next, the HR process is examined—recruiting, training, compensation, benefits, performance appraisal, and termination. Throughout the course, students are provided with the opportunity to engage in HR practice and develop HR policy. Prerequisite: MGMT 300.

MGMT 420 Compensation and Benefits Administration (5)

This course is designed to provide the student with a practical and theoretical understanding of compensation and benefits from the perspectives of managers (who make the reward decisions), employees (who receive the rewards and are the “customers” of the reward system), and human resource practitioners (who assist in the design and maintenance of reward systems). Topics include: pay strategies, job evaluation, salary surveys, pay structures, pay banding, merit pay, skill-based pay, team-based pay, gain sharing, profit sharing, legally required benefits, health insurance, and retirement plans. Prerequisite: MGMT 310.

MGMT 422 Staffing, Selection, and Workforce Development (5)

This course is designed to provide the student with a practical and theoretical understanding of workforce planning, specifically the staffing and selection process and workforce development. Topics include: current legal issues, interviewing methods, assessment centers, integrity testing, personality testing, psychological tests, validation methods, planning, and cost evaluation, as well as work force training and development needs. Prerequisite: MGMT 310.

MGMT 428 Current Topics in Human Resource Management (5)

This course is about leading edge topics in Human Resource Management. As the organization’s requirements change, so must the skill set of the HR professional supporting that organization. Topics may include: top management roles, change management methodologies, strategic HR planning, international HRM, benchmarking HR processes, reengineering human resources, the role of training, and consultant roles. This course will rely on case studies and research to develop these skills. Prerequisite: MGMT 310.

and one (1) of the following:

ECON 480 Human Resource Economics (5)

A study of labor force participation, labor demand, education and training, wage differentials, regional and occupational mobility, labor unions, and discrimination, poverty, and income distribution. Prerequisite: ECON 201 or permission of instructor.

MGMT 309 Career and Managerial Skills (5)

This course has three primary objectives: increase understanding of relevant career options through completion of the comprehensive career assessment plan, increase understanding of managerial and employee survival skills and increase understanding of work/life balance issues through completion of a comprehensive work/life balance assessment balance. Prerequisite: MGMT 300.

MGMT 430 Negotiation, ADR, and Conflict Management (5)

Comprehensive survey of current trends in the theory and practice of negotiation as a means of transacting business, including the resolution of conflict and reaching agreement. Principles of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) will be introduced as a tool for resolving disputes by non-litigious approaches, such as third party intervention, mediation, arbitration, etc. Topics include: integrative and distributive methods; internal team management and pre-negotiation analysis; tactics and strategies; context and dynamics; diversity impact of culture gender, and personality types; implementation, monitoring, and follow-up; and multilateral negotiation. Recommended: MGMT 300.

Contact Information

Yong Choi

Chair and Professor of Management
Ph.D., University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Telephone:  (661) 654-2181
Fax: (661) 654-2438

Angela Mora

Administrative Support Coordinator
Office:  Business Development Center, A142
Phone: (661) 654-2181
Fax: (661) 654-2438