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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Adjunct Instructor, Sociology and Anthropology
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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Student Outcomes
Student Outcomes
Olivia Lender
Class of 2022 Outcomes: Olivia Lender Finds a Future at Fidelity
Olivia Lender
Name
Olivia Lender
Year
Class of 2022
Hometown
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Major
Human Relations and Psychology
Company
Fidelity Investments

HPU graduates are leading 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 graduate from the Class of 2022:

Name: Olivia Lender

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Major: Human relations and psychology

Post-graduation plans: Lender will join Fidelity Investments in Durham, North Carolina, as an associate in the Emerging Leader Program starting in July 2023 after graduating. The 18-month rotational program will allow her to explore different career paths and fast-track her job experience.

How HPU helped you get there: An HPU faculty member connected me with an upperclassman my sophomore year who ended up mentoring me and helping prepare me for the Emerging Leader Program at Fidelity. Coming in undeclared my freshman year, I used the career advisors and my Success Coach in the Office of Career and Professional Development  to determine my major. Brandon Floyd, assistant director of career and professional development, conducted a mock interview with me that made an impact on me, and he helped me throughout the application process for my position at Fidelity. Brandon helped prepare me for all the interviews and calmed me down. I would have never survived the interviews without him.

Most impactful mentor at HPU: Dr. Deborah Danzis, associate professor of psychology, was my most impactful mentor at HPU. She helped me with the step-by-step process of researching and monitoring my internship process. She has always been there for me. Another mentor is Jeri Rowe, senior writer in the Office of Communications. He taught me how to write for a magazine during my first campus job as an Interfaith Partner. He also helped me develop skills I never knew I had and always supported me.

Most impactful moment at HPU: My most impactful moment at HPU was when I gave Brandon Floyd my offer letter from Fidelity Investments. Nothing is better than giving someone evidence that their job pays off. We took a picture in front of the 98% graphic that represents the percentage of HPU students who are employed or in graduate school within 180 days of graduation because I am officially part of the 98%.

 What are the values and virtues HPU’s campus helped you develop that you’ll take with you after graduation? Networking and not being afraid to ask for help. If you don’t ask for help, you won’t get help. HPU’s career focus helped me land my internship with Bimbo Bakeries USA. This helped me gain resume experience and learn how to handle various situations in a work environment.

Advice for underclassmen: Find an alumni or peer mentor, a few a years older than you. They can help you out since they just went through the job process and understand what it is like to come out of college.

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Class of 2022 Outcomes: Olivia Lender Finds a Future at Fidelity
Class of 2022
Class of 2022 Outcomes: Olivia Lender Finds a Future at Fidelity

HPU graduates are leading 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 graduate from the Class of 2022:

Name: Olivia Lender

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Major: Human relations and psychology

Post-graduation plans: Lender will join Fidelity Investments in Durham, North Carolina, as an associate in the Emerging Leader Program starting in July 2023 after graduating. The 18-month rotational program will allow her to explore different career paths and fast-track her job experience.

How HPU helped you get there: An HPU faculty member connected me with an upperclassman my sophomore year who ended up mentoring me and helping prepare me for the Emerging Leader Program at Fidelity. Coming in undeclared my freshman year, I used the career advisors and my Success Coach in the Office of Career and Professional Development  to determine my major. Brandon Floyd, assistant director of career and professional development, conducted a mock interview with me that made an impact on me, and he helped me throughout the application process for my position at Fidelity. Brandon helped prepare me for all the interviews and calmed me down. I would have never survived the interviews without him.

Most impactful mentor at HPU: Dr. Deborah Danzis, associate professor of psychology, was my most impactful mentor at HPU. She helped me with the step-by-step process of researching and monitoring my internship process. She has always been there for me. Another mentor is Jeri Rowe, senior writer in the Office of Communications. He taught me how to write for a magazine during my first campus job as an Interfaith Partner. He also helped me develop skills I never knew I had and always supported me.

Most impactful moment at HPU: My most impactful moment at HPU was when I gave Brandon Floyd my offer letter from Fidelity Investments. Nothing is better than giving someone evidence that their job pays off. We took a picture in front of the 98% graphic that represents the percentage of HPU students who are employed or in graduate school within 180 days of graduation because I am officially part of the 98%.

 What are the values and virtues HPU’s campus helped you develop that you’ll take with you after graduation? Networking and not being afraid to ask for help. If you don’t ask for help, you won’t get help. HPU’s career focus helped me land my internship with Bimbo Bakeries USA. This helped me gain resume experience and learn how to handle various situations in a work environment.

Advice for underclassmen: Find an alumni or peer mentor, a few a years older than you. They can help you out since they just went through the job process and understand what it is like to come out of college.

Are you an HPU graduate with an exciting job or graduate school offer?

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HPU Sydney Prewett
Class of 2022 Outcomes: Sydney Prewett Coordinates with Care
HPU Sydney Prewett
Name
Sydney Prewett
Year
Class of 2022
Hometown
Glenview, Illinois
Major
Human Relations
Company
Biotage

HPU graduates are leading 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 graduate from the Class of 2022:

Name: Sydney Prewett

Hometown: Glenview, Illinois

Major: Human relations

Post-graduation plans: Prewett joined the team at Biotage in Charlotte, North Carolina, as a human resources coordinator. At Biotage, she recruits various roles across the country, works closely with different departments to find the best candidates and assists with employees’ needs.

How HPU helped you get there: “HPU has amazing professors and staff who care deeply about their students succeeding in college and after. They always believed in me and helped me see my potential. Emily Long in the Office of Career and Professional Development helped me build my resume and cover letter for the internship and job search process.”

Most impactful mentor at HPU: “My most impactful mentor at HPU was David Bergen, professor of management and entrepreneurship. He was an amazing mentor. He cares deeply about his students, is always there for them, helps them become the best version of themselves and gives great advice.”

How has HPU’s inspiring environment contributed to your success? “HPU contributed to my success by providing me opportunities that helped me grow in my leadership and professional skills.”

Advice for underclassmen: “Learn and take advantage of all the different opportunities you’re presented. No matter what, you will learn from your experiences and grow as a person.”

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Class of 2022 Outcomes: Sydney Prewett Coordinates with Care
Class of 2022
Class of 2022 Outcomes: Sydney Prewett Coordinates with Care

HPU graduates are leading 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 graduate from the Class of 2022:

Name: Sydney Prewett

Hometown: Glenview, Illinois

Major: Human relations

Post-graduation plans: Prewett joined the team at Biotage in Charlotte, North Carolina, as a human resources coordinator. At Biotage, she recruits various roles across the country, works closely with different departments to find the best candidates and assists with employees’ needs.

How HPU helped you get there: “HPU has amazing professors and staff who care deeply about their students succeeding in college and after. They always believed in me and helped me see my potential. Emily Long in the Office of Career and Professional Development helped me build my resume and cover letter for the internship and job search process.”

Most impactful mentor at HPU: “My most impactful mentor at HPU was David Bergen, professor of management and entrepreneurship. He was an amazing mentor. He cares deeply about his students, is always there for them, helps them become the best version of themselves and gives great advice.”

How has HPU’s inspiring environment contributed to your success? “HPU contributed to my success by providing me opportunities that helped me grow in my leadership and professional skills.”

Advice for underclassmen: “Learn and take advantage of all the different opportunities you’re presented. No matter what, you will learn from your experiences and grow as a person.”

Are you an HPU graduate with an exciting job or graduate school offer?

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Class of 2018 Outcomes: Mikayla Browne Scores a Position at Amazon
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Year
Class of 2020 -

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.”

View More Graduate Profiles

Are you an HPU graduate with an exciting job or graduate school offer?
Share your news with us for a chance to be featured!

 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
Class of 2020 -
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.”

View More Graduate Profiles

Are you an HPU graduate with an exciting job or graduate school offer?
Share your news with us for a chance to be featured!

 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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Year
Class of 2020 -

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
Class of 2020 -
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.”

View More Internship Profiles

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