Texas Tech University

Rawls College of Business Adds Human Resources Management Concentration

Trevor Bell

April 24, 2015

The new concentration comes as the human resources field grows in importance.

Rawls College of Business
Rawls College of Business

Forbes recently recognized human resource managers as one of the top three professions in the country due not only to its popularity but also its importance to the business world today.

Employment opportunities for all human resources positions are expected to grow much faster than average in the coming years. With an aging workforce, globalization and evolving technology, more companies and nonprofits are turning to human resource managers who can help them think strategically about their recruiting, hiring, training and retention practices. Recent industry trends have shown graduates with at least a bachelor's degree have the best prospects, and those with certifications and/or experience also will have better outcomes in the job market.

The Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University recognized this need for a competitive advantage and specialization within the growing human resources field, and as a result, the Area of Management has implemented a Human Resource Management (HRM) concentration, which has become recently fully aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) “HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.” SHRM is the largest association devoted to human resources management.

“We are very proud to be one of the select programs in the world aligned with SHRM,” said professor Yitzhak Fried, the coordinator for the Area of Management. “This alignment is a testimony to the high quality of our HRM concentration and students. We expect our HRM concentration and alignment with SHRM to help our students in their learning and career development, and future growth.”

Courses in the HRM concentration, augmented by additional management and business courses, will prepare graduates for a wide variety of career paths. The curriculum is designed to build skills in analyzing and effectively dealing with individuals in the work place while providing techniques essential to successful careers in HR management.

The HRM concentration offers students the opportunity to learn the principles of effectively planning, organizing and leading organizations. The curriculum provides students the required knowledge and skills for leading people, teams and organizations, in order to serve the business industry in developing the leadership skills of organizations, working with people and solving both qualitative and quantitative problems.

Additionally, the concentration will give students an opportunity to participate in the Business Association and the student chapter of SHRM. This pre-professional organization builds skills and provides networking opportunities with future employers. With an SHRM-accredited concentration program, students are provided with opportunities to apply for numerous scholarship and foundation donation opportunities.

To learn more about the new HRM concentration, contact the Undergraduate Services Center.