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UNH Offers Human Resources Concentration in Business Management

To meet industry demand, in Spring 2013 the University of New Haven College of Business began offering a human resources concentration in its business management bachelor’s degree program.

Studies by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics found employment in all human resources occupations is expected to grow much faster than the average occupational growth rate, or about 21 percent between 2010 and 2020. 

“Human resources positions are quite in demand, and the number of positions is expected to grow rapidly in the future,” said Khadija Al Arkoubi, assistant professor of management.  “It is worthwhile to note that the position of human resources manager was ranked the third best job in America in 2012 by CareerCast. There is a growing awareness that the human resources manager plays a crucial role in organizational life.” 

The concentration is also helpful to students interested in earning their Master of Business Administration degree because students who complete the courses required for the concentration in human resources management can complete an MBA in just one year, saving both time and money, said Al Arkoubi.

The UNH Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a Concentration in Human Resource Management program was developed in consultation with the largest association in the field of Human Resource Management in the United States, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). UNH was one of the early adopters of the SHRM program. Since 2008, SHRM has conducted a multi-year, multi-method research project to design a human resources curriculum to standardize HR education and to respond effectively to market needs.

UNH students in the program will be permitted to take the SHRM’s assessment exam either before they graduate or within one year after their graduation.

UNH students are also required to complete an internship, practicum or independent study, designed to help them gain employment after graduation. 

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