Human Resource Management

The Human Resource Management (HRM) major is a multidisciplinary major that draws heavily from business strategy, psychology, economics, and sociology.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the human resource field is projected to grow significantly in the next decade, opening up employment opportunities to those with training in the field. Although many of these opportunities will be in human resource departments, other managerial positions often have significant human resource responsibilities as well—making an education in human resources a truly valuable skill for you to have across many departments and industries. Past Rutgers HRM graduates are currently working in leadership positions in some of the largest companies around the world.

In choosing the HRM major you will gain valuable business knowledge without having to pursue a complete business degree. Particularly if you are majoring in a social science such as psychology, economics, communications—an HRM major can provide you with a business perspective that will prepare you for a successful corporate, consulting, or government career.


 First Semester Planning

We recommend that students register for approximately 15 credits each semester and no more than 16 credits in their first semester. Your schedule should be well-balanced and include coursework from a variety of subjects. A diverse schedule will help you begin your studies in potential majors and minors; explore a breadth of new knowledge across departments at Rutgers to meet SAS Core Curriculum learning goals; and survey broader academic interests through elective courses as you work to attain the required 120 degree credits for graduation.

Your schedule will look something like this: 

College Writing or English course per placement results (3 credits)

Major Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Major or Minor Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

 Byrne or First-Year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS) (1 credit) 

 Total Credits: 15-16



Additional Information Beyond the Classroom

For your first semester, we want you to focus on selecting appropriate courses, begin to understand the expectations and rigor of college, and identify resources to help you succeed at Rutgers. But, we also know that it is important to provide information for future planning.

In addition to the information below, students interested in exploring possible career options may find this resource from the Office of Career Exploration and Success helpful - you'll find that a degree in this subject prepares you for a wide variety of career options!

At a Glance

Human Resource Management

Undergraduate Advisors
Shuenn “Grace” Tien
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Programs Offered:
Major in Human Resource Management
Minor in Human Resource Management

Livingston Campus

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