Human Resource Management
Study human resource management at Dordt, and you’ll learn how to help others find satisfaction in their daily work. You’ll also help companies enhance their organizational structure. At Dordt, you’ll gain a network of connections and land great internships. All of which will help you become a confident and effective communicator for the rest of your career.Request Info
Dordt’s human resource management emphasis focuses on administration, communication, and psychology. The goal is to learn how to most effectively enhance the experience of employees within the workplace.
This program will help you learn how to communicate with others. Your hands-on skills and classroom knowledge will prepare you to solve typical employee problems. And as you work toward your degree, you’ll develop management and leadership skills.
What You'll Learn
Human resource management students don’t simply learn how to help employees. They also learn the ins and outs of business. After all, how can you help a business run effectively if you don’t know it runs at all? Whether you enter the workforce after graduation or pursue graduate school, you’ll be ready to make an impact.
What You Can Do With A Human Resource Management Emphasis
If you’ve got the personal skills and problem-solving mindset of a human resource manager, you’ll have plenty of career opportunities. Human Resources Manager. Training Coordinator. Office Manager. Labor Relations Specialist. These are just a few of the jobs you’ll be ready to pursue after graduation.
Office Managers are given the task of determining different office procedures and communicating with staff about these procedures.
A Training Coordinator is responsible for managing and developing different training programs.
Human Resource Manager
Human Resource Managers deal with all the administrative functions in an organization.
Students who choose the human resource management emphasis will complete four business administration courses, two communication courses, one psychology course, one statistics course, and one English course, in addition to completing the general requirements for a business administration degree.
- Human Resource Management: Introduces students to the role that Human Resource Management (HRM) plays in organizational settings. Course content is geared towards developing the foundational body of knowledge required of entry-level HRM practitioners and is organized around the four foundation areas of HRM expertise: staffing and recruitment, employee and organizational development, compensation and benefits administration, and labor relations.
- Payroll Accounting and Employee Benefits: In this course, students will explore payroll accounting and employee benefits as one of the most critical elements between accounting and human resources and one of the touch points between managerial and financial accounting. This class will explore payroll processing, legal and government regulations for payroll and benefits, record keeping rules, and employee benefit and compensation program design.
- Strategic Human Resource Management: An advanced course in Human Resource Management (HRM). Specific emphasis is placed on the critical strategic role that HRM plays in the success of any organization and the application of HRM practices and theory through case studies and interactive in-class exercises.
- Organizational Behavior: An advanced study of the theory and practice of organizational behavior. Topics include personality, motivation, group leadership, organization/work design, and group/team dynamics. Specific emphasis is placed on the diagnosis of organizational dysfunction and the design and implementation of appropriate Human Resource Management-driven interventions.
- Organizational Communication: The analysis of formal and informal communication in such organizations as corporations and institutions. Included will be considerations of communication problems related to grapevine, rumor, channels, perception, power, status, roles, structures, etc.
- Public Relations: As an introduction to public relations, this course will set the background for additional courses in communication and business administration. After a study of the history of public relations, students will learn what is expected of public relations workers, study the various publics, become familiar with current problems and issues in public relations, analyze several cases, and develop a Christian perspective for the continued study of public relations.
- The Social Psychology of Persons: We influence and are influenced by culture, social structures, groups, personality, family, and the media, just to name a few. Studying the situational and personal/interpretive factors that influence an individual’s social behavior can reveal new insights about the grace and sin at work in our relationships and social situations. Utilizing a biblical perspective on the social psychology of persons, this class will explore how students can function as faithful Christians within all of these situations.
- Introductory Statistics: An introductory course in statistical techniques and methods and their application to a variety of fields. Topics include data analysis, design of experiments, and statistical inference including confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. Exposure to statistical software and a substantive student project are also part of this course.
- Business and Technical Writing: Students will study the process, application, and characteristics of business and technical writing, and the way in which writing style, strategies, content, and clarity will relate practically to one’s profession. Concentrates on developing competence in a variety of writing tasks commonly performed in business, law, industry, social work, engineering, agriculture, and medicine.
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