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Every organization must manage its workforce, and in today’s workplace organizations face opportunities associated with workforce diversity, evolving technology and globalization. More organizations are turning to HR managers to help them think strategically about their recruiting, hiring, training and retention practices. HR managers are able to help their organizations navigate continually evolving challenges to meet their strategic goals. Organizations need managers with comprehensive knowledge of today’s most important issues in human resources and employment relations, including employment law, compensation, recruiting/staffing, training, workplace diversity, and strategic planning.

Internship/Experiential Opportunities

Employers value experience. The Collat School of Business requires all business students to gain meaningful experience in their field of study before graduating. There are many opportunities for Human Resource Management (HRM) majors to acquire this experience through internships with companies such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coca-Cola United, and Alabama Power, or to assist with a research project, to study abroad or to participate in other approved opportunities. Our faculty, staff and Career Services office will work with you to identify the right opportunities that fit your interests and needs to start your career in HRM.

Connections to the Professional HR Community

Many of our faculty members are longtime members of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the preeminent professional organization for HR professionals, and we have a large, active student chapter at UAB. The UAB SHRM chapter allows students to meet and interact with HR professionals while still in school and to identify and learn from mentors who will be helpful throughout their careers. HR professionals are continually dropping by our classes to meet and talk with students. It’s one of the benefits of attending UAB, which is located in Alabama’s largest city and economic hub.

Curriculum Aligned with SHRM’s Guidelines

Collat’s HRM curriculum meets the high standards set by SHRM. The Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management encompasses the common body of knowledge that has been outlined by SHRM. This ensures our classes and course materials offer the most relevant information for HRM graduates entering the workforce and that their knowledge, skills and abilities meet the needs of modern organizations hiring HR professionals. Employers know our graduates are prepared to enter the workforce.