Essential to the success of any growing business, human resource management can mean the difference between a motivated and productive workforce and a loss of competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Some of the most valuable assets of a business - the knowledge, skills, and abilities of its employees – aren’t found on a balance sheet. Through human resource management a business works to hire, motivate, and sustain qualified and productive employees. From working on hiring practices and strategies, to skill enhancement and training, to forming a positive and productive workplace environment, human resource professionals are an essential part of any growing business.
Human Resource positions require a broad understanding of business practices, a current knowledge of legal requirements, and developing other employees. This provides an excellent background to increase promotion potential within the field, as well as multiple skill sets leading to other areas within business. Human Resource professionals often make excellent team leads or heads of department due to their ability to build, motivate, and sustain dynamic and effective teams in the workplace.
For the most current occupational information regarding human resource management and other careers, including required education and median salary amounts, we recommend you visit O*NET OnLine, a very useful website created for the U.S. Department of Labor. You may also click here for the latest information on careers in human resources, training, and labor relations from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Due to the level of skill and experience often required in this field a bachelor’s degree is an important foundation. And due to the often broad application of skill in human resource management, a combination of education in business, social sciences, and/or behavioral sciences is recommended. Education or experience in law can also help you stand out from other job applicants.
The world today has plenty of workers with degrees in business, and it takes much more than just a degree to compete with them. Employers today want employees not only competent in their field but who can communicate effectively, work in and lead teams, and are able to observe and analyze a situation to quickly identify the best solution. You won’t find this experience in just any degree program.
The best business education should include two important standards: (1) Everything you learn should be useful in the world right now, not just twenty years ago or “someday in your future career.” (2) You should be given the opportunity to put what you learn to the test. Many universities offer excellent lessons in business theory. Others offer a more training-based education. Very few can offer you both.
Human Resource Management at La Sierra University
The School of Business offers students an engaging experience in Human Resource Management. All of our professors hold Master's Degrees or above, and have extensive professional experience in the field. Our curriculum prepares students for a number of applicable careers with a real-world focus on learning and the course experience. Click here to view the most recent curriculum sheet for Human Resource Management majors. Our faculty and staff are always interested in meeting new and potential HR students. Learn more about and contact any of our professors on our faculty/staff page.
Absolutely. In our School of Business, we believe that the value of your education is found in how you can use it right now. So we not only hire professors with the highest level of education available in their respective fields, we find those who are also active in research, publications, consulting work, and other opportunities for engagement and continued learning. By the time you graduate from La Sierra University with a degree, we want you to already have valuable experience not only in the standards and practices of this field, but in acting as a leader, a team-member, an effective communicator, a sharp analyst, and an ethical decision-maker.
In our School of Business, we believe in the value of small class-sizes combined with highly engaged professors. We limit the maximum enrollment of each of our courses to thirty students or fewer, allowing our professors to work closely with each student, maximizing their potential for learning. In addition, each of our professors holds regular office hours, a time for students to meet with them for assistance, questions, advice, or even to learn of networking or career opportunities. There is nothing that delights our professors more than students interested in their own growth.
Yes. We strongly believe in the value of engagement outside of the classroom. All students are given opportunities to apply what they learn in the classroom in useful ways to our local and global community. Whether it be through community engagement in our Service-Learning courses, student-led projects in our Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Team, events and activities with our highly active business club and other student groups on campus, our students learn through experience.
We also work actively to engage students in job and internship opportunities. The fact that La Sierra University lies in the fastest growing county in the state and a city known for its affinity to business provides our students with excellent prospects for local work and internship opportunities. Our annual Meet the Firms Night event stands as one such opportunity for students to meet and network with potential employers.
One of the most common mistakes potential business students make is assuming that the study of business is only for those who “enjoy math” or “working with numbers.” Today’s employers need students with strong communication, leadership, critical thinking, and analytical ability. As a university, we seek well-rounded students with these same characteristics. And based on current trends across the United States, students who put extra effort into their written and oral communication skills before college end up in high demand.