The field of human resource management encompasses various specialties, including compensation, recruiting, benefits administration, and labor relations. There is also a need for the generalist whose knowledge of human resource management covers a number of different human resource management functions. One of the most important career directions for all human resource management professionals is to have the necessary business knowledge, technology skills, interpersonal communications, and understanding of strategic processes to assist an organization in achieving its goals.
The profession of Human Resource Management (HRM) has become an important strategic partner with management in operations and in the achievement of goals in almost all organizations, private, government, and nonprofit. All organizations have recognized the importance of building human assets of the organization and creating an environment that enhances culture, efficiency, employee satisfaction, and productivity. As a profession, human resource management plays a vital, strategic role in developing and maintaining this culture. Human resource management is a dynamic field of study, constantly changing, requiring the continuous updating of knowledge and competencies of many related business disciplines.
Coupled with the right work experience, graduates from this program may qualify for the following career opportunities:
- Benefits Specialist
- Payroll Administrator
- HR Generalist
- Employee Relations Specialist
- HR Manager
- Compensation and Benefit Analyst
One of the career requirements for all human resource management professionals is to attain certification through the national association, SHRM - the Society for Human Resource Management. Cleary University course work prepares students to take the examination for Professional Human Resource certification.
Undergraduates are eligible to take the PHR examination up to one year after graduation from Cleary University, before the required two years of related HRM work experience has been accomplished. Upon passing the PHR certification examination, the designation of PHR will be awarded after the graduate completes two years of HRM-related experience.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this degree, the graduate will be able to:
- Demonstrate and evaluate practices concerning recruitment and selection, manage performance, maximize employee contribution, manage learning processes, utilize effective employment relations, resolve differences and gain commitment, motivate staff and reward contributions, and deliver equity and fairness
- Explain strategy development, and discuss and evaluate the connection between business and human resource strategy
- Identify and discuss ethical implications of human resource management related situations and decisions, and develop appropriate professional stances on these topics
- Identify, describe, analyze, and evaluate current strategic issues in human resource management
- Summarize organization theory, describe the effect of culture, discuss issues influencing structural choices, and assess the impact of different organizational forms on human resource policy and practice
- Analyze and evaluate human resource specialists’ contribution, their specific skills, and ethical and professional issues of concern to them