Human Resources Management Concentration

Human Resources Management Concentration

PROGRAM OVERVIEW This concentration focuses on issues surrounding the management of people in organizations. It is available to undergraduate students of any major who have an interest in human resource management and want to prepare for a career in human resources or related fields. The concentration is designed to provide students with the core competencies to be competitive in today's job market. Drake's HR concentration is an interdisciplinary program provided by the College of Business and Public Administration, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Education.

FACULTY University faculty who teach the concentration courses hold doctorate degrees, and bring a blend of business-world experience, academic training and a strong research foundation to the classroom.

ACADEMIC PREPARATION High school students are encouraged to take courses that help them develop written and oral communication skills, and information technology skills.


Drake Curriculum Courses - (7-8 hours)

  • PSY 001 -- Intro. Psychology w/lab - 4 hrs
  • STAT 071, STAT 060, PSY 011 or SOC 158 -- Statistics - 3-4 hrs.

Human Resource Coursework (21 credit hrs)


  • MGMT 110 -- Organizational Behavior or PSY 85 -- Organizational Psychology
  • MGMT 182 -- Intro to HR Management 

HUMAN BEHAVIORAL PROCESSES (3-12 hours) Choose at least one from this category.

  • PSY 085 -- Organizational Psychology - 3 hrs
  • PSY 030 -- Social Psychology - 3 hrs
  • MGMT 133 -- Managing Diversity in the Workplace - 3 hrs
  • ECON 115 -- Labor Economics - 3 hrs
  • ALOP 139 -- Leaders, Followers and Power Wielders - 3 hrs or MGMT 184 -- Leadership and Personal Development - 3 hrs

SPECIFIC SKILLS DEVELOPMENT (3-12 hours) Choose at least one of the following:

  • ALOP 147 -- Introduction to Training & Development - 3 hrs
  • PSY 183 -- Industrial Psychology - 3 hrs
  • MGMT 186 -- Compensation & Benefits - 3 hrs
  • PSY 133 -- Psychological Assessment - 4 hrs
  • ENG 094 -- Business and Administrative Writing - 3 hrs, or ENG 95 -- Writing Reports and Proposals - 3 hrs, or BUS 73 -- Business and Professional Communication - 3 hrs

* A total of 15 hours from the Human Behavior Processes and Specific Skills Development categories is required.

Students are encouraged to do the following:

  • Complete an internship in HR during either their junior or senior year.
  • Take the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) accreditation exam, certifying them as competent in HR Management. Note that successful completion of the PHR exam requires independent study of material beyond what is included in the above courses.

INTERNSHIPS & OPPORTUNITIES Internships in HR are available during the school year and summer months. These opportunities allow students to gain valuable on-the-job experiences and a competitive edge in today's job market. The HR concentration is designed to provide a current and comprehensive curriculum that prepares students for Professional Human Resources certification by the Human Resource Certification Institute.

The Drake Society for Human Resource Management student chapter offers activities and resources for professional development of those students interested in pursuing careers in HR or related fields. It is sponsored by the national SHRM and Central Iowa SHRM chapters.