Human resources curriculum alignment provides fast track to certification exam

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Dordt's Human Resource Management Emphasis renewed for alignment with SHRM

Dr. Brian Hoekstra

Dordt University’s Human Resource (HR) Management emphasis within the Business Administration major recently passed the renewal process for alignment with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The program’s curriculum has been approved by SHRM since 2017.

“The Business, Accounting, and Economics Department is excited to continue this curricular relationship with the SHRM,” says Dr. Brian Hoekstra, professor of business administration. “Continuing to have our Human Resources curriculum aligned with SHRM is an obvious advantage for our students. Instead of needing 2000 hours of HR related experience after graduation, HR students from our program can sit for the SHRM-Certified Professional (CP) certification exam when they have 500 hours of experience.”

According to SHRM, this certification is “for early- and mid-career professionals,” and using their tracking form, students can submit a variety of experience hours in human resources including: internships, work-study, directed research projects, and more.

Dordt’s Human Resources emphasis is one of nine emphases available to Business Administration majors. Additional areas include: Construction Management, Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, Office Management, and Public Administration. Non-business students also have the option to choose a complimentary minor, such as the new entrepreneurship minor launching fall 2021. The Business Administration program is the largest major at Dordt, with over 200 students in the program.

As an institution of higher education committed to the Reformed Christian perspective, Dordt University equips students, faculty, alumni, and the broader community to work toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life. Dordt, located in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive university named to the best college lists by U.S. News and World Report, Forbes.com, The Wall Street JournalWashington Monthly, and Princeton Review.