The Human Relations major provides an academic base for students pursuing careers involving interpersonal relationships and emphasizes the human side of professional organizations.
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Chair and Professor of Human Relations and Nonprofit Studies
Professor of Human Relations, Sociology, and Non-Profit Studies
Instructor of Human Relations, Sociology, and Non-Profit Studies
Associate Professor of Human Relations

Students are invited to select Human Relations as a major/minor until April 2020. After this date, this major will no longer accept students into the academic programs.

The major provides an academic base for students pursuing careers involving interpersonal relationships and emphasizes the human side of professional organizations. Human relations is an academic program grounded in organizational behavior that embraces the theory to practice perspective. Program content integrates an interdisciplinary approach providing a broad-based curriculum based in analytical, conceptual and behavioral studies drawing from the social sciences and organizational theory. Examples of instructional activities utilized within the major that serve to complement the traditional lecture format include group discussions, student debates, panel presentations, individual and group research projects, service learning, civic engagement, external organizational consultation, practica and internships, off-campus observations and interviews, case study analysis and presentation. Unique to the major in human relations is that these nontraditional approaches strengthen student learning while simultaneously demonstrating the very outcomes valued within the curriculum. With emphasis on a pedagogical approach that is both theoretical and experiential in nature, academic focus is on contemporary knowledge related to the optimization of human interaction for increased performance within the work environment.

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The Department of Human Relations, Sociology and Nonprofit Studies offers the B.A. degree in Human Relations. To graduate from High Point University with this degree, students must complete the following:

B.A. in Human Relations
Major Requirements 40 credits
University Core Requirements 50 credits
Electives 38 credits

TOTAL

128 credits


Requirements for a B.A. in Human Relations (40 credits):

  • HRE 1550. Human Relations and Interpersonal Dynamics (4)
  • COM 2235. Public Relations Techniques (4)
  • HRE 2370. Conflict Resolution and Stress Management (4)
  • HRE 2811. Human Relations Practicum I (2)
  • HRE 3220. Group Dynamics and Team Development (4)
  • HRE 3811. Human Relations Practicum II (2)
  • HRE 4220. Contemporary Perspectives on Leadership (4)
  • HRE 4811-4815. Internship (4)
  • HRE 4880. Policy and Research Methodology (4)

Two courses from the following:

  • HRE 2900. Organizational Theory and Design (4)
  • HRE 3550. Project Development and Management (4)
  • HRE 3600. Intercultural Competence in the Workplace (4)
  • HRE 4110. Undergraduate Research (4)
  • HRE 4444. Independent Study (4)
  • HRE 4450. Seminar in Training and Organizational Development (4)
  • NPL 3300. Counseling and the Helping Professions (4)
Featured Graduate Outcomes
Students completing a Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations often secure leadership and management positions as directors, managers, supervisors and team leaders in a wide spectrum of corporate and nonprofit organizations. Previous graduates have obtained positions in human resources, corporate leadership development, management training programs, project management, public relations, marketing, sales and other professional roles.

An increasing number of program graduates are entering graduate schools around the nation with much success. Graduates choosing to continue their education often obtain a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A), a Masters of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Adult Education, Counseling or a Masters of Science in Management (M.S.) depending on individual career objectives.
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Recent High Point University graduates are already preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary senior from the Class of…

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Class of 2018 Outcomes: Mikayla Browne Scores a Position at Amazon
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Name: Mikayla Browne

Hometown: Concord, North Carolina

Major: Browne will graduate on May 5 with a B.A. in Human Relations and a minor in Marketing.

Post-graduation plans: As the Human Resources Assistant, Browne will provide human resources support to Amazon’s fulfillment centers. Browne’s role is critical in executing Amazon’s people initiatives, providing great internal customer support and driving human resources functional excellence and process improvement.

How HPU helped you get there: “While at HPU, I had the opportunity to do two amazing internships and learn first-hand what it is like working in the human resources and marketing fields. I am thankful that I utilized Career & Professional Development to find internship opportunities, improve my resume and learn to become a better interviewee. HPU has also helped me build a professional network, and allowed me to meet a diverse group of people who have helped me get where I am today.”

Most impactful mentor at HPU: “All of my human relations professors have mentored me and helped me achieve success. Thank you to the whole human relations department for pushing me to expand my skill set, and learn as much as I could during my time at HPU.”

Most impactful moment at HPU: “When I decided to change majors sophomore year, I had no idea what I wanted to major in. My advisor thought I would be interested in human relations, so I took my first human relations class and fell in love.”

Advice for underclassmen: “Networking is important. When searching for a career, it really is all about who you know. Meet as many people as you can, and go to every career fair. Hand out your resume and chat with the companies there. Making connections with people is so important and can really help you down the road.”

 

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 Commencement will be here before we know it, and many High Point University seniors are preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. View more extraordinary seniors from the Class of 2018 here.

Class of 2018 Outcomes: Mikayla Browne Scores a Position at Amazon

Name: Mikayla Browne

Hometown: Concord, North Carolina

Major: Browne will graduate on May 5 with a B.A. in Human Relations and a minor in Marketing.

Post-graduation plans: As the Human Resources Assistant, Browne will provide human resources support to Amazon’s fulfillment centers. Browne’s role is critical in executing Amazon’s people initiatives, providing great internal customer support and driving human resources functional excellence and process improvement.

How HPU helped you get there: “While at HPU, I had the opportunity to do two amazing internships and learn first-hand what it is like working in the human resources and marketing fields. I am thankful that I utilized Career & Professional Development to find internship opportunities, improve my resume and learn to become a better interviewee. HPU has also helped me build a professional network, and allowed me to meet a diverse group of people who have helped me get where I am today.”

Most impactful mentor at HPU: “All of my human relations professors have mentored me and helped me achieve success. Thank you to the whole human relations department for pushing me to expand my skill set, and learn as much as I could during my time at HPU.”

Most impactful moment at HPU: “When I decided to change majors sophomore year, I had no idea what I wanted to major in. My advisor thought I would be interested in human relations, so I took my first human relations class and fell in love.”

Advice for underclassmen: “Networking is important. When searching for a career, it really is all about who you know. Meet as many people as you can, and go to every career fair. Hand out your resume and chat with the companies there. Making connections with people is so important and can really help you down the road.”

 

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 Commencement will be here before we know it, and many High Point University seniors are preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. View more extraordinary seniors from the Class of 2018 here.

Class of 2018 Outcomes: Mikayla Browne Scores a Position at Amazon

Name: Mikayla Browne

Hometown: Concord, North Carolina

Major: Browne will graduate on May 5 with a B.A. in Human Relations and a minor in Marketing.

Post-graduation plans: As the Human Resources Assistant, Browne will provide human resources support to Amazon’s fulfillment centers. Browne’s role is critical in executing Amazon’s people initiatives, providing great internal customer support and driving human resources functional excellence and process improvement.

How HPU helped you get there: “While at HPU, I had the opportunity to do two amazing internships and learn first-hand what it is like working in the human resources and marketing fields. I am thankful that I utilized Career & Professional Development to find internship opportunities, improve my resume and learn to become a better interviewee. HPU has also helped me build a professional network, and allowed me to meet a diverse group of people who have helped me get where I am today.”

Most impactful mentor at HPU: “All of my human relations professors have mentored me and helped me achieve success. Thank you to the whole human relations department for pushing me to expand my skill set, and learn as much as I could during my time at HPU.”

Most impactful moment at HPU: “When I decided to change majors sophomore year, I had no idea what I wanted to major in. My advisor thought I would be interested in human relations, so I took my first human relations class and fell in love.”

Advice for underclassmen: “Networking is important. When searching for a career, it really is all about who you know. Meet as many people as you can, and go to every career fair. Hand out your resume and chat with the companies there. Making connections with people is so important and can really help you down the road.”

 

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 Commencement will be here before we know it, and many High Point University seniors are preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. View more extraordinary seniors from the Class of 2018 here.

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Internship Outcomes: Kiersten Ketcham Works Communications for Greensboro Swarm
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Name: Kiersten Ketcham

Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Year: Class of 2018

Major: Human Relations

Internship: Ketcham worked primarily with the Charlotte Hornets NBA G-League affiliate the Greensboro Swarm in their communications department. She created different media materials for the team to use when reaching out to different media outlets, and helped run the stats department on game days. Ketcham was given the large task of running media day for the team and was in charge of all media outlets and making sure the receive their credentials and that the event ran smoothly.

How HPU helped you get there: “Through many of my communication classes I have learned how the develop different PR materials that are essential for my job. I have also learned how to appropriately interact with the media. Through my human relations skills I can work well in teams and have good conflict management techniques.”   

How you used Career & Professional Development: “They have helped me use my internship to advance myself as a professional.” 

Most impactful mentor at HPU: “Dr. David Bergen has been my most impactful mentor at HPU.” 

What has your internship experience been like, and how is it preparing you for your future: “My internship experience is been very influential for my problem-solving skills. I have been given many responsibilities that a full time employee would have. These opportunities to do even more work than expected, and more advanced work have made be a grow a lot by making me a lot more confident in my skills and being able to professional communicate with individuals better.”

 

 

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Internship Outcomes: Kiersten Ketcham Works Communications for Greensboro Swarm

Name: Kiersten Ketcham

Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Year: Class of 2018

Major: Human Relations

Internship: Ketcham worked primarily with the Charlotte Hornets NBA G-League affiliate the Greensboro Swarm in their communications department. She created different media materials for the team to use when reaching out to different media outlets, and helped run the stats department on game days. Ketcham was given the large task of running media day for the team and was in charge of all media outlets and making sure the receive their credentials and that the event ran smoothly.

How HPU helped you get there: “Through many of my communication classes I have learned how the develop different PR materials that are essential for my job. I have also learned how to appropriately interact with the media. Through my human relations skills I can work well in teams and have good conflict management techniques.”   

How you used Career & Professional Development: “They have helped me use my internship to advance myself as a professional.” 

Most impactful mentor at HPU: “Dr. David Bergen has been my most impactful mentor at HPU.” 

What has your internship experience been like, and how is it preparing you for your future: “My internship experience is been very influential for my problem-solving skills. I have been given many responsibilities that a full time employee would have. These opportunities to do even more work than expected, and more advanced work have made be a grow a lot by making me a lot more confident in my skills and being able to professional communicate with individuals better.”

 

 

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Internship Outcomes: Kiersten Ketcham Works Communications for Greensboro Swarm

Name: Kiersten Ketcham

Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Year: Class of 2018

Major: Human Relations

Internship: Ketcham worked primarily with the Charlotte Hornets NBA G-League affiliate the Greensboro Swarm in their communications department. She created different media materials for the team to use when reaching out to different media outlets, and helped run the stats department on game days. Ketcham was given the large task of running media day for the team and was in charge of all media outlets and making sure the receive their credentials and that the event ran smoothly.

How HPU helped you get there: “Through many of my communication classes I have learned how the develop different PR materials that are essential for my job. I have also learned how to appropriately interact with the media. Through my human relations skills I can work well in teams and have good conflict management techniques.”   

How you used Career & Professional Development: “They have helped me use my internship to advance myself as a professional.” 

Most impactful mentor at HPU: “Dr. David Bergen has been my most impactful mentor at HPU.” 

What has your internship experience been like, and how is it preparing you for your future: “My internship experience is been very influential for my problem-solving skills. I have been given many responsibilities that a full time employee would have. These opportunities to do even more work than expected, and more advanced work have made be a grow a lot by making me a lot more confident in my skills and being able to professional communicate with individuals better.”

 

 

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