The process of hiring, training, managing and retaining talented employees is integral to any business, and business owners rely heavily on human resource managers to assure success in those areas. Alvernia’s major in Human Resource Management can help put you in the driver’s seat by preparing you for a varied and interesting career in human resources.

Human resource managers are responsible for areas such as recruiting and employing staff, training and development, compensation management, benefit analysis and employee assistance. The work demands analytical skills, business knowledge and the ability to work effectively with people.

Faculty members at Alvernia teach about business from both practical and ethical standpoints. This gives you the knowledge you’ll need to succeed professionally, as it develops supervisory and managerial skills necessary to advance in your career.

All of Alvernia University’s Business Department programs – including Human Resource Management – are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business School and Programs (ACBSP) and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.



As the way we work changes due to technology and online resources, the demand for human resource managers is increasing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected 15.5 percent employment growth in this field between 2012 and 2022—faster than average growth for all occupations. Human resource managers are necessary for nearly all business sectors, including healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, retail, construction, hospitality, entertainment, technology, durable goods and others.

Following graduation, you could look to work in one of the following positions:  Workforce Diversity Specialist, Personnel Director, Director of Employee Relations, Human Resources Analyst, Human Resource Director, Benefits Analyst, Change Manager, Compensation Manager, Organization Developer, Payroll Manager, Recruiter, and Trainer.

While small companies often employ human resource generalists who are responsible for all aspects of human resource management, many larger companies seek managers who specialize in one area of human resources, such as employment, recruitment, and placement, or training and development.

Employers look for human resource managers who are innovative thinkers with a solid understanding of the business and industry in which they will be employed. Managers must be able to work with financial data and contribute to their company’s value and return on investment.

To learn more about jobs in human resource management, check out the Careers in Human Resources site at http://careers-in-business.com/hr.htm. You also can research job postings for human resource management positions to get a better idea of what various jobs entail.

A sampling of employers of Alvernia human resources management graduates:

  • Penske
  • Black and Decker
  • Rentokil NA
  • Hershey Entertainment and Resorts
  • UGA Energy Services
  • First Energy
  • Fulton Bank
  • Tower Health
  • People Share
  • RKL
  • Vanguard
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Foster McKay
  • Buckeye Partner



Some business students pursue graduate degrees after graduation, either at Alvernia or other colleges and universities.

Alvernia offers a special program for motivated students — a MBA + 1 option. By declaring an interest in your junior year, you could be eligible to enroll in a 30-credit Master of Business Administration degree program that you complete in just one year. You would extend your stay at Alvernia for an extra year, finishing after five years with both an undergraduate and graduate degree.

Learn more about the MBA Program here.



All Alvernia students must successfully complete a minimum of 123 semester credits to receive a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. You’ll need to complete 54-55 liberal arts core credits and complete community service hours .  View your Major Academic Plan (MAP) here.


In addition, Human Resource Management majors must complete 57 credits.  View all business course descriptions here.

Required Courses (57 credits)

BUS 101 Financial Accounting
BUS 200 Managerial Accounting -OR- BUS 250 Accounting Principles
BUS 206 Management Principles
BUS 207 Marketing Principles
BUS 280 Human Resource Management
BUS 320 Stakeholder Relations
BUS 342 Business Law
BUS 410 Financial Markets
BUS 411 Corporate Finance
BUS 420 Employment Law
BUS 426 Strategic Management
BUS 427 International HR Management
BUS 438 Business Seminar
BUS 443 Compensation and Benefit Management
MAT 208 Introduction to Statistics -OR- MAT 209 Probability and Statistics
Choose one: BUS 305 Accounting Information Systems, BUS 311 Principles of Marketing Info Systems, or CIS 311 Principles of Management Information Systems
Choose one: BUS 322 Current Issues in HR Management, BUS350 Industrial & Organizational Psychology, or BUS 450 Organizational Leadership

Related Requirements (6 credits)

ECON 248 Macroeconomics
ECON 249 Microeconomics

Recommended Courses

BUS 441 Cooperative Education in Business I
BUS 442 Cooperative Education in Business II



Alvernia believes that real-world experience is extremely important, as it can improve your confidence and introduce you to professionals in your intended field of employment.

You will not only benefit from experienced faculty members who have extensive experience in the business world, you’ll also get the opportunity to participate in learning opportunities in real business settings through internships and cooperative experiences.

Some of the organizations with which Alvernia business majors have had internships include:

  • The Camden Riversharks
  • Citizens Bank
  • Cott Beverage
  • Ernst & Young
  • Four Seasons Produce
  • Haines & Kibblehouse
  • InRoads
  • Morgan Stanley
  • The Philadelphia Eagles
  • The Reading Royals
  • Service And Access Management (SAM)
  • Superior Oxygen
  • U.S. Department of Finance
  • U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Walt Disney World
  • Webb Insurance

Your advisor, other faculty members and staff of Alvernia’s Career Development Center can help you decide if an internship is right for you. Meanwhile, you can find out more about real-world learning here.



Research is a valuable aspect of any education. Business faculty at Alvernia conduct research in a variety of areas, including leadership, management, organizational development, strategy, market research, international marketing, time management, conflict resolution, international leadership and hiring of part-time employees.

As a business major, there may be an opportunity for you to assist in faculty research, and to benefit from the knowledge gained through faculty research.



Students who major in another area can minor in business by earning 21 credits. Required courses for a business minor are:

BUS 101 Financial Accounting
BUS 200 Managerial Accounting
BUS 206 Management Principles
BUS 207 Marketing Principles
BUS 342 Business Law
BUS 410 Financial Markets
ECON 248 Macroeconomics OR ECON 249 Microeconomics



Dr. Samuel M. Bradley
Associate Professor of Business


For more information about Alvernia’s Human Resource Management program contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or admissions@alvernia.edu.

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