2019 - 2020 Academic Catalog

Master of Science in Human Resources

In the Human Resources Management concentration, students learn the skills needed to hire and keep employees within a framework of increasing productivity in the workplace. Graduates earn a Master of Science in Management in Human Resources Management through a course of study that focuses on the staffing function of management, including recruiting, training, motivation, and organizational development, developing policies and procedures, human rights legislation in the workplace, the termination of employment, and designing creative strategies to improve organizational effectiveness.         

Course Code Course Title Credits
Core Courses
MGMT700 Global Leadership 3
MGMT702 Research Methods 3
MGMT703 Strategic Information Management 3
MGMT704 Financial Management 3
MGMT707 Operations Strategy 3
MGMT728 Human Resources Management 3
MGMT731 Human Resource Law & Compliance 3
MGMT761 Performance MGMT & Employee Development 3
MGMT762 Employee Relations, Engage & Retention 3
MGMT763 Employee Learning & Development 3
MGMT764 Diversity, Inclusion & Countering Bias 3
Choose 1 from the following:
MGMT798 Research Project Capstone 3
MGMT799 Internship Capstone 3

Two Electives: 6 credits
Students may take any courses offered at the graduate level to fulfill their elective credits. View course options here.

GER111 - German I

German I

HUM103 - Invitation to the Humanities

This course invites students to consider what it means to be human from manifold scholarly perspectives. As such, students are introduced to the many disciplines included in the humanities. Arguably, there are eight: art, communication, history, language, literature, music, philosophy, and religion. Taking a thoroughly interdisciplinary approach, this course investigates how humanists employ these varied disciplines in studying and expressing humanness.

HUM105X - Research Assistants Seminar

This course is designed to acquaint students with the many facets of information literacy and to train students to work as peer research mentors in Brennan Library. Coursework will include readings, discussions, and team projects. Practicum experience will include participation in library information literacy instruction classes and in student research advising at the reference desk. Upon completion of this class, students will be eligible to work as peer research mentors in the Brennan Library.“Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.” – ACRL Frameworks

HUM207X - Mexico/U.S.: Poverty & Human Rights

In this course, we will study poverty from the perspective of poor people themselves. Examining the diverse cultures and peoples of Mexico, we consider the way in which people in one Mexican state help themselves. Their history and struggles will shed light on the dire poverty in which half the world’s population lives, as we work shoulder to shoulder with a farming community taking its future into its own hands. The course includes an immersion component in January, involving daily service and study in Mexico through the international nonprofit Niños de Veracruz. The course also includes fifteen hours of service to Niños de Veracruz in November. This course supports the Human Rights Minor

HUM302X - Fantasy Wrlds:Camelot to King's Landing

In this course, we examine Arthurian legends and George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series as related cultural artifacts of fantasy. We will explore both story sets through text and via other media; we will then apply multidisciplinary perspectives as we discuss and write about chivalry, women’s roles in medieval patriarchy, sacred quests, nationalism and dynasties, religion, sorcery and science, and the British/Westerosi gaze at the exotic other. We will consider several works of Arthuriana: early texts as well as novels, music, and artwork from later and contemporary sources. We will read the later Game of Thrones books; students can familiarize themselves with the earlier episodes either by reading the books or by watching the first few seasons of the HBO program. Assignments will include a weekly reading journal, two papers (one involving research), and a final exam or project.

HUM399 - Humanities Internship Seminar

This seminar helps students to develop objectives and identify potential sites for the senior internship. Topics include the application of humanities course work to a professional career and the development of skills necessary to locate an internship. The final goal of this course is to locate an appropriate internship. Junior or senior standing is required; this course is designed for Humanities Department majors only.

HUM400 - Humanities Field Experience

This course provides individually arranged participation in a work setting related to students' majors. Students spend 150 hours at the internship site over the course of the semester. Primary responsibility rests with students in identifying and pursuing an area of interest in consultation with the instructor. Students participate in a one-hour seminar each week that focuses on reflective activities that enhance the internship experience. Students complete written exercises about and evaluations of the experience. Evaluation of the field experience is based on student performance as reviewed by the employer and instructor at the internship site, as well as participation in the seminar and written assignments. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, approval of instructor, HUM 399. Humanities Department majors only.

HUM419 - Seminar in Hum: Readings & Research

This capstone course serves as the direct complement to HUM420. Whereas HUM420 is a writing-intensive course, this course is research and reading intensive; students work in a tutorial fashion (i.e., one on one) with the instructor to choose a research topic, read closely in pertinent sources, and report back through informative and exploratory writing assignments and conversations. Like HUM420, this course focuses on the acquisition of knowledge and the solution of problems; when taken together, these courses serve as a capstone experience. Prerequisite:Junior or Senior standing. Humanities Department and IDS majors only.

HUM420 - Seminar in Humanities

This capstone course focuses on the acquisition of knowledge and problem solving. The topic will change; however, the course emphasizes extensive research projects related to students' fields of interest. This is a writing-intensive course. Prerequisites: HUM419 and Junior or Senior standing. Humanities Department and IDS majors only.

Cristina Haverty

Dean, School of Health Sciences; Associate Professor of Athletic Training

Office: Science and Technology Center

Lori Rosenthal

Dean, School of Humanities, Education, Justice & Social Sciences; Associate Professor of Psychology

Office: Plummer

Sarah Abbott

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Office: Plummer

Janice Barrett

Professor of Communication, Graduate Program Coordinator for Communication

Office: Donahue

Linda Bucci

Professor of Legal Studies, Program Chair of Justice Studies, Graduate Program Coordinator of Justice Studies

Office: Plummer

Elizabeth Hartmann

Associate Professor of Education

Office: Brennan Library

Marisa Hastie

Professor of Exercise Science, Program Chair of Exercise Science

Office: Science and Technology Center

Janet Huetteman

Associate Professor of Marketing, Graduate Program Coordinator for Business

Office: 26 Maple

Young-Tae Kim

Associate Professor of Sport Management

Office: Science and Technology Center

Luis Lopez-Preciado

Associate Profesor of Communication

Office: Donahue

Amy Maynard

Associate Professor of Education

Office: Brennan Library

Meryl Perlson

Interim Dean of the School of Communication & the Arts, Associate Professor of Communication, Program Chair of Communication

Office: Donahue

Karin Raye

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies

Office: 70 Maple/IC3

Matthew Reilly

Dean of the School of Business, Assistant Professor of Marketing

Office: 26 Maple

Claudia Rinaldi

Associate Professor of Education, Program Chair of Education

Office: Brennan Library

Daniel Sargeant

Assistant Professor of Sport Management, Graduate Program Coordinator of Sport Management

Office: Bancroft

Nancy Waldron

Program Chair of Business, Associate Professor of Marketing

Office: DeArment

Martin Walsh

Associate Professor of Management

Office: DeArment

Brian Wardyga

Professor of Communication; General Manager, 109.2FM WLAS & LCTV

Office: Brennan Library

Edward Weeks

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Office: Winslow

Catherine Zeek

Dean of Curricular and Faculty Innovation; Professor Emerita

Office: Klingbeil

MGMT700 - Global Leadership

This course considers the key aspects of what it means to be a leader in our ever-changing global business environment. Best practices and key considerations for developing global strategy, driving change around the world, managing multicultural teams, addressing the intricacies of a global supply chain, and the challenges we face from macro trends, such as climate change and sustainability. Formerly MBA706

MGMT702 - Research Methods

This course introduces both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, providing the student with an overview of the different steps in the research process. The course evaluates common methods of data analysis, develops skills in critical thinking, and provides experience in data analysis using SPSS.

MGMT703 - Strategic Information Management

This course presents the conceptual foundations of information technology and examines the development, application, and advances of information technology resources in organizations. With a focus on the managerial perspective, students investigate issues related to the development of contemporary systems development approaches. Formerly MBA713

MGMT704 - Financial Management

This course focuses on understanding the fundamental principles of finance, including financial statement analysis, present/future value/ NPV/discounted cash flows, capital budgeting, and risk analysis.

MGMT707 - Operations Strategy

This course involves the study of concepts relating to the operations function in both manufacturing and service organizations. Students study how the operations process is responsible for planning, organizing, and controlling resources in order to effectively and efficiently produce goods and services. Formerly - Operations Management. Formerly MBA716

MGMT728 - Human Resources Management

This course examines the staffing function of management including planning, recruiting, selection, training, motivation, appraisal, compensation, labor laws, and organizational development. The course also addresses the current issues affecting the human resource manager including the changing work force and need to increase productivity as well as changes in the areas of unions and affirmative action.

MGMT731 - Human Resource Law & Compliance

This course introduces students to individual employment law, which is concerned with rules that govern the relations between employers and employees, primarily as applicable to non-unionized workers. The course includes such subject areas as identifying a contract of employment, creation and modification of the employment relationship, the common law obligations of employee and employer, the employer’s statutory obligations to its employees, privacy in the workplace, human rights legislation in the workplace, and the termination of employment.

MGMT761 - Performance MGMT & Employee Development

Employees and managers often complain about the effectiveness of performance management systems, performance appraisal and employee development. Whether it’s a lack of clear performance goals, honest feedback or technology issues, complaints can center around the system’s tools and processes but often meet resistance because of its personal and sometimes threatening nature. In this course, students will consider functional best practices to develop a performance management system that considers not only the organizational goals but the human factor in its design.

MGMT762 - Employee Relations, Engage & Retention

Employee relations initiatives which considers engagement and retention leads to enhanced employee involvement and dedication to the organization. Employees who are engaged are more productive, content and more likely to be loyal to an organization. This course provides a practical view of how employee relations, engagement and retention initiatives have grown to become a strategic foundation for today’s organization with a focus on the most recent tools and best practices.

MGMT763 - Employee Learning & Development

Human resource development is critical to the success of today’s organization. Whether learning and development is needed to increase overall effectiveness, retain and motivate employees or drive innovation, a well-designed learning and development initiative can create a competitive edge. In this course, students will learn how to build learning and development programs that address the needs of the organization in the context of its business model and growth objectives.

MGMT764 - Diversity, Inclusion & Countering Bias

In today's increasingly diverse, global, interconnected business world, diversity and inclusion is no longer just the right thing to do, it is a core leadership competency and central to the success of business. This course provides a foundation for human resource professionals to best handle current issues of diversity, inclusion and countering bias. It provides a basic understanding of the tools and best practices that will foster a culture that respects individuality, encourages belonging, and focuses on the strengths of differences.

MGMT798 - Research Project Capstone

In this course, students undertake comprehensive research projects under the direction of a faculty mentor. The project is an intensive study based on action research models from the behavioral sciences enabling the student to demonstrate the mastery of the concepts, ideas, knowledge, and insights implicit in the Master of Science in Management curriculum. No later than the semester preceding the undertaking of the Research Project, the student should present to the designated faculty mentor a two-page summary of the proposed research. Each student makes a public and professional presentation of their Capstone Project findings. This course is taken during the student's final graduate semester.

MGMT799 - Internship Capstone

The internship is a hands-on working experience in the student’s field of concentration requiring a minimum of 150 hours of placement under the supervision of both an employer and a faculty member. Beginning in the semester preceding the internship placement, the student identifies what type of organization they desire for their internship. The student holds primary responsibility for obtaining a field experience site and is responsible for setting up interviews with prospective internship sites Students may not perform internships at their current place of employment without prior consent of the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies. This course is taken during the student’s final graduate semester