Offered by the Department of Psychology
Professors Keller, P. Launius, Loher, Murray (chairperson), Seidel
Associate Professors Brown, Craig
Assistant Professor Verno
The Psychology Department offers a B.S. degree in Psychology with a concentration in Human Resource Management (HRM). The concentration is designed to provide the knowledge, skills and experiences needed to fulfill traditional and emerging roles in HRM. Students who have interests in both psychology and management often select this option. Recent graduates from the program have gone on to entry-level HRM positions in manufacturing, health care, government, and other settings. Graduates have also pursued advanced study in HRM, industrial/organizational psychology, labor relations, and business. The program combines extensive coursework in psychology with relevant classes from other departments, including Business and Communication.
Careful advisement of students is a priority of the Psychology Department. All students must complete a thorough orientation to the major, and their subsequent studies are guided by a goal-oriented process. All students maintain a portfolio to assess their learning and guide their academic and professional development. The portfolio is submitted for final review in conjunction with the department’s senior seminar course.
Students are involved in various forms of research under faculty direction. Students present their research at the annual Psychology Research Symposium.
Historically, HRM students have interned in a broad range of organizations, consistent with their career goals. Many students report the internship to be an important part of their educational experience. For some, the internship leads directly to employment. To qualify for an internship, students must maintain a B average in the major. Advisors work closely with students to plan the internship and ensure that the experience is successful.
All students in the major must obtain grades of C or higher in PSY 1101 and PSY 1151 to continue in the program. Students may retake these courses once to meet the standard. Those who fail to meet the standard will be advised in the selection of a new major.
To meet requirements for graduation as a Psychology-Human Resource Management major, students must (1) satisfy the University’s general education and degree requirements, (2) complete the Psychology course requirements, (3) submit an acceptable portfolio, and (4) complete an internship, a research apprenticeship, or an independent research project.