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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Specialization in Human Resource Management

At the heart of every business are the people. Build a career helping businesses hire, train, manage, and keep the best employees. With a BSBA in Human Resource Management from AUM, get ready for a rewarding career! You will empower businesses and the people who drive them. You will use your expertise to create a work environment in which people will choose to be motivated and happy.

In this HR bachelor’s program, you’ll work alongside professors in real-life case studies, practices, and simulations. The program is affiliated with the National Society for Human Resources Management and has a curriculum that presents state-of-the-art practices in human resources. Networking opportunities lead to future mentorships and often job placements. Students are provided with the knowledge and skills needed to be competitive in this constantly changing field. They work internships at many of the businesses throughout the Montgomery and River Region.

It is a good time to be in HR! The future of human resource jobs is changing as technology creates new job demands. The job outlook is expected to stay well above average through 2029. Because the industry is evolving into data-driven and digitally integrated environments, AUM graduates are especially sought after for the technological skills employers want to “future proof” their companies. Our graduates have hands-on experience with innovative software and psychometric testing that are redefining the old ways of hiring. As an AUM graduate, you will have the confidence to embrace these changes and advise leaders on people-centric approaches to HR.

In this career, you can be an HR generalist or specialize in matching people to specific jobs, recruiting top-talent or keeping an eye on government-mandated regulations to keep the workplace safe and fair. Whatever you decide, this program will help you prepare for it.

Get ready to get to work helping others get to work!

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The Know How

What you will know with an Human Resource Management degree from AUM

We Show You The Rewards

Know the gratitude people have for you! Your career in HR is emotionally rewarding, helping employees develop professionally.

We Give You A Positive Framework For Serving Others

Know the true meaning of job satisfaction! After all, you recruit the best people and help employees enjoy their work in a thriving environment.

We Set The Bar For Sustainable Goals

Know how to introduce and create a sustainable culture in your work environment. Why? Sustainability attracts top-talent!

We Prepare You To Lead

Know how to develop a strategic vision, empower others, and never compromise your character.

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Points of Pride

  • Hands-on internships will give you experience that will position you for full-time employment after graduation. Students intern with companies such as Rheem Manufacturing, SAVIC Innovative Plastics, Kelly Services, Baptist Health, Jackson Hospital, and East Alabama Medical Center.
  • At AUM, you’ll develop practical skills in leadership, conflict resolution, problem-solving, testing and assessment and people management. You’ll learn about compensation, health and safety, and labor law as you also become skilled at hiring the right people and keeping your hires happy and productive.
  • The campus chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management Club gives students a chance to socialize while learning more about the field of human resource management. For more information contact the club advisor, Dr. Mary Kiker, at (334) 244-3517 or

Soaring Warhawks

  • Sandra Stenger, PHR is the Vice President of Human Resources for MAX Credit Union.
  • Arlene Brown is an Employment Specialist for Auburn University’s Human Resources department.
  • Hazel Waites is an AmeriCorps Member working at Hands on River Region.

Customize Your Degree

  • Choose a minor in a field that might complement your career path. For instance, if you aspire to market your own ventures and businesses, you might add a minor like Writing and Editing or Communications.
  • Apply for the University Honors Program, a diverse community of students who take classes together, work on community service projects, and travel the U.S. and abroad.
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Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth

Check out our Career Discovery Board on this page to begin exploring your options. Contact us by phone or email so we can get you the answers you need.

Are you good at bringing people together for a positive aim? Human Resource majors enjoy solving problems. They are empathetic to the needs of everyone involved and make good mediators. They create the win-win!

Nationally, a human resources specialist earns $63,490 in median salary, while human resource managers earn a median salary of $121,220 nationally. Salary amounts vary depending on geographic location, education, job title and experience.

Jobs in HR do require desk work, but not all of the time. Some companies like construction, hospitals, or airlines require you to get out from behind the desk and be on scene at the worksite.

Degree Options

Is a Degree in Human Resource Management right for me?

With this bachelor’s degree as your educational foundation, you have many career possibilities.

Career/Job TitleEntry-level EducationJob Growth 2020-2030Annual Median Salary
Human Resource ManagerBachelor’s Degree9% (as fast as average)$121,220
Training and Development SpecialistBachelor’s Degree11% (faster than average)$62,700
Human Resources SpecialistBachelor’s Degree10% (as fast as average)$63,490
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analyst SpecialistBachelor’s degree10% (as fast as average)$67,190

Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Quick Facts

College of Business

Begin your study in the College of Business with a strong foundation. Then customize your degree with intensive courses in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, International Business, Finance, Information Systems, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing or General Business. All degrees offered by the College of Business have achieved business accreditation by AACSB-International, the most prestigious business school accrediting body. In addition to a B.S. in Accounting, you will graduate with an AACSB accreditation. Only 1 percent of schools worldwide hold this special accreditation.

Official Name of the Human Resource Management Degree

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resource Management


This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.

Business Administration - Human Resource Management

Required Courses

To complete this degree concentration, you will need to complete courses in the university core, business, and electives. Contact the Department of Business Administration for a current listing of courses required to complete this program.  

The course listings below are only a few of the classes this concentration requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.

Course NumberCourse NameWhat you will know…
HRSM 3150Human Resource Management Know how to manage human resources wisely to meet common goals of employers and employees. Know it all! Resource planning, selection, training, performance evaluation, compensation, safety and labor/management relations.
HRSM 4440Employee and Labor RelationsKnow how to use your bargaining skills to solve relation conflicts between employers and employees.
HRSM 4924InternshipGet outside the classroom and work in the field! Part of your coursework allows you the opportunity to put your skills to work a real business setting.
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