Human Resource Management Minor


The human resource management minor focuses the critical functions of a human resources department, such as hiring, training, compensation, benefits, and employment law.

Notes about this minor:

  • Posting of the minor on the student's academic transcript requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.
  • Notations may appear in the curriculum chart below outlining pre-requisites, co-requisites, and other curriculum requirements (see footnotes).

The plan code for Human Resource Management Minor is HRMGT-MN.

Curriculum for Human Resource Management Minor

Required Courses
Organizational Behavior
As an introductory course in managing and leading organizations, this course provides an overview of human behavior in organizations at the individual, group, and organizational level with an emphasis on enhancing organizational effectiveness. Topics include: individual differences, work teams, motivation, communication, leadership, conflict resolution, organizational culture, and organizational change. (This class is restricted to undergraduate students with at least 2nd year standing.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
Human Resource Management
Human resources within an organization provide value added dimensions to the organization, which in turn influence the larger society within which the organization exists. The management of those human resources is a critical function within any organization. The goal of the human resource management (HRM) department is to attract qualified employees, manage systems that meet their needs and establish policies and protocols to retain and promote employee engagement. This effort develops a workforce that can meet the organizational strategic goals for growth and continued relevance in the world of work. This course provides an overview of HRM and the context within which HRM functions in organizations. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
Employee Benefits & Compensation
A total rewards program within an organization develops and aligns a reward strategy for employees to reinforce the behavior and performance required to support the organizations overall strategy. This course identifies what rewards are, both tangible and intangible, including compensation and benefits. Using the information a rewards program is built reflecting existing business conditions and cost constraints. This program is used as an organizational strategy to satisfy personal and financial needs of the current and future workforce. Lecture 3 (Spring).
Human Resource Employment Law and Regulations
Employment law and regulations govern how the workforce functions. Adherence to the law can raise questions due to context of the situation and applicability of the law to a variety of situations. This course will explain employment laws and regulations as they apply to a variety of workplaces and interpret how these laws and regulations require compliance through the practice of human resource management. Lecture 3 (Fall).
Choose one of following:
   Business Analytics Fundamentals
This course serves as an introduction to business data, and contemporary analytics tools and techniques to analyze it. Data acquisition, cleansing, management, analysis and visualization will be addressed through hands-on projects. Project work will include contemporary business problems addressed using spreadsheets, programming and visualization tools. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
   Cross-Cultural Management
This course explores the key implementation issues facing global businesses and those firms wishing to expand into the global arena. An emphasis is placed on issues related to the topic of culture. The course examines its impact on management, individuals, groups, and how it affects organizational performance. Leadership styles, in the cross-cultural context, will be deconstructed as will communication, decision-making, negotiation, and motivation. (Prerequisites: INTB-225 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
   Leading High-Performance Teams
Taught in an experiential, team-based format, this class focuses on leading teams and developing strong team dynamics, especially within a high tech. environment. The course will provide hands-on experience in leading and participating in teams as students will be assigned to multiple teams with a specific role on each team, including team leader. When possible, the class includes a virtual team project with students at RIT’s global campuses. (Prerequisites: MGMT-215 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
   Organizational Effectiveness Skills
This course provides students with working knowledge and practice of the professional and interpersonal skills of effective organizational members. Skills include networking, presenting, professional writing, giving and receiving feedback, handling conflict, and leveraging diversity. Particular emphasis is placed upon applying these skills in a virtual work environment. (Prerequisites: MGMT-215 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
   Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
This course applies concepts of ethics to business at the macro level and at the micro level. At the macro level the course examines competing business ideologies exploring the ethical concerns of capitalism as well as the role of business in society. At the micro level the course examines the role of the manager in establishing an ethical climate with an emphasis on the development of ethical leadership in business organizations. The following topics are typically discussed: the stakeholder theory of the firm, corporate governance, marketing and advertising ethics, the rights and responsibilities of employees, product safety, ethical reasoning, business's responsibility to the environment, moving from a culture of compliance to a culture of integrity, and ethical leadership. (This class is restricted to undergraduate students with at least 2nd year standing.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
   Negotiations and Decision-Making
This course is designed to improve your ability to negotiate by understanding decision-making biases that affect the negotiated outcome. Individual sessions will explore the structure and strategies to mitigate risks and challenges inherent in achieving optimal solutions. (Prerequisites: MGMT-215 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall).