Human Resource Management

What is human resource management?

Effective human resource management is critical in the operation of businesses, government agencies, industry and not-for-profit organizations. Human resources staff help their firms to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world, especially as the legal environment becomes more complex.

Do you see yourself as someone who can lead others to success? Maybe you’d like to change the face of an organization, creating a more inspiring workplace. With a human resources degree, you’ll develop the confidence and determination to become a key factor in administering your organization's staff. At SMWC, you will be prepared for a variety of human resources jobs by learning how to:

  • Analyze the needs of an organization and develop creative solutions
  • Evaluate the work environment to increase effectiveness and add value
  • Oversee training, safety and wellness of an organization’s employees
  • Enact comprehensive strategies for employee management

With our general business core, you will develop your ability to manage a broad variety of corporate challenges, while specific HRM coursework shows you how to think conceptually about the dynamic world of management.

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Practical Experience While a Student

At The Woods, we know that real-world experiences are just as valuable as classroom instruction. Through our active career development center, you will have access to exclusive internships, allowing you to roll up your sleeves and plunge into your field. You’ll explore various opportunities and work alongside experts all over the country.

You will also have the exciting opportunity to work in a groundbreaking virtual internship program. You’ll work with cutting-edge technology in a collaborative environment that embraces diverse ideas, innovative approaches and makes a positive impact in the community. Between the individual attention you’ll receive in class and the practical experience you’ll have out in the field, you’ll find yourself with endless opportunities for success at The Woods.

Internship Example

Loren Hewins ’10
Six-month Internship
Walt Disney World

Loren worked at a variety of Disney attractions, including Epcot Center, Pleasure Island and Magic Kingdom.  She received extensive training on Disney’s business methods and also received credit for completing two college courses offered by Disney.

SHRM - Society for Human Resource Management

SHRM Certified

The Human Resource Management program at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is certified by the Society for Human Resource Management, an internationally recognized leader in HR certification.