Psychology - Human Resources Major
The Psychology-Human Resources (PHR) major is ideal for the student who is interested in applying psychological theory and research to the workplace. As people spend more and more time at work, it is important to understand what motivates workers to do good work; how workers can be selected, trained, evaluated, and retained (or let go); why workers are sometimes unproductive, or perhaps even counterproductive; and what social, political, and legal trends are important to the workplace of the future..
The psychology courses in this interdisciplinary major emphasize an empirical approach to the study of human work behavior, focusing on classic and modern theories and the research that supports them. The business courses focus more on the actual process of managing employees. Case study methods are central teaching tools in both types of courses. The successful student in the PHR major will be prepared to complete a senior thesis on a topic related to organizational psychology.
For additional information about the major contact Dr. Jamie McMinn, Psychology Department.
The prescribed curriculum in the major is composed of 64 semester hours of the following courses:
Economics / Business Administration
BA 140 American Workplace
Eco 150 Economic Reasoning
BA 160 Financial Decisions
BA 260 Labor Relations
BA 360 Human Resources
BA 361 Compensation/Benefit
Psy 101 Introduction
Psy 201 Research Methods
Psy 241 Organizational
Psy 301 Assessment
Psy 321 Social
Psy 351 Cognition
Psy 560 or BA 560
Mth 101 and 102 OR Mth 131 OR Mth 141
Psy 601, 602 Psychology Capstone: Senior Studies
Psy 635-640 Research Seminars ( taken simultaneously with 601/602)
All qualified students are encouraged to complete the senior studies requirement at the Honors level.