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Wisconsin School of Business

Management and Human Resources

Courses

Students in human resources management study how organizations attract, motivate, develop, and retain employees, and how they interact with organizations representing employees. Management studies focus on the activities of leadership, power, decision-making, organizational structure and change, strategy and policy, and the integration of organizational functions. Studies in Entrepreneurship are designed for students who are interested in bringing new ideas to the marketplace.

Students admitted to the School of Business may complete a major in management and human resources in four ways:

  1. Complete the requirements for the management option only (students still earn a major in MHR)
  2. Complete the requirement for the human resources option only (students still earn a major in MHR)
  3. Complete the requirements for the entrepreneurship option only (students still earn a major in MHR)
  4. Complete the requirements for two of the three options.

Note: Completing two options still constitutes one major. Students may not receive credit for completing all three options.

In addition, the following rules apply when combining options:

  1. Students may complete only two of three options.
  2. For successful completion of TWO options, a student must take a minimum of 18 credits from among the listed courses.
  3. Double (or triple) counting of MHR 399 across options within the management major is prohibited.

Entrepreneurship Option

A student must take a minimum of 12 credits, distributed as follows:

MHR 422 Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship, 3 cr
MHR 427 Entrepreneurial Growth Strategies, 3 cr
Complete two of the courses listed below OR one course below and one elective course
MHR 434 Venture Creation, 3 cr
MHR 399 Readings and Research-Entrepreneurship, 3 or more cr (Double counting of MHR 399 across options within the MHR major is prohibited.)
Finance 457 Entrepreneurial Finance, 3 cr

Elective Courses

MHR 305 Human Resource Management, 3 cr
MHR 365 Contemporary Topics, 3 cr
MHR 401 The Management of Teams, 3 cr
MHR 403 Global Issues in Management, 3 cr
MHR 423 Strategic Management, 3 cr
MHR 470 Seminar: Organizational Issues, 3 cr
MHR 628 Negotiations, 3 cr

Human Resources Option

Students in human resources management study how organizations attract, motivate, develop, and retain employees, and how they interact with organizations representing employees. Topics covered include recruiting, external and internal staffing, compensation theory and administration, performance management, training and development, labor-management relations, and equal employment opportunity. This concentration is pursued by students seeking staff jobs in the human resources department, supervisory and team leader jobs, and entry into management training programs that precede job placement. It is appropriate for those who seek positions in both public and private sector organizations.

A student must take a minimum of 12 credits, distributed as follows:

Requirements for the Major, 12 credits

MHR 305 Human Resource Management, 3 cr

Complete the three courses below OR two of the courses below and one elective course
MHR 610 Compensation Theory and Administration, 3 cr
MHR 611 Personnel Staffing and Evaluation, 3 cr
MHR 612 Labor-Management Relations, 3 cr

Elective Courses

MHR 365 Contemporary Topics, 3 cr
MHR 399 Reading and Research—Human Resources, 3 or more cr (Double counting of MHR 399 across options within the MHR major is prohibited.)
MHR 420 Managing Change and Organizational Effectiveness, 3 cr
MHR 423 Strategic Management, 3 cr
MHR 471 Seminar: Human Resources Issues, 3 cr
MHR 628 Negotiations, 3 cr
RMI 620 Employee Benefits Management, 3 cr
Econ 450 Wages and the Labor Market, 4 cr

Management Option

This major focuses on the activities of management in organizations. Course material covers leadership, power, decision-making, organizational structure and change, strategy and policy, and the integration of organizational functions (such as marketing and finance). The topics apply to business, government, health care, and other service organizations. This concentration is especially appropriate for students who seek roles as general managers and administrators at all levels of an organization, rather than roles as technical specialists. Students are also helped in developing a long-term perspective of both their own careers and the function of management in organizations and society.

Students must take a minimum of 12 credits, distributed as follows:

Requirements for the Major, 12 credits

MHR 423 Strategic Management, 3 cr

plus
Complete three of the courses listed below OR two courses below and one elective course.
MHR 305 Human Resource Management, 3 cr
MHR 399 Reading and Research—Management, 3 or more cr (Double counting of MHR 399 across options within the MHR major is prohibited.)
MHR 401 The Management of Teams, 3 cr
MHR 403 Global Issues in Management, 3 cr
MHR 470 Seminar: Organization Issues, 3 cr

Elective Courses

MHR 365 Contemporary Topics, 3 cr
MHR 422 Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship, 3 cr
MHR 427 Entrepreneurial Growth Strategies, 3 cr
MHR 628 Negotiations, 3 cr
Econ 548 Economics of Health Care, 4 cr
Com Arts 575 Communication in Complex Organizations, 3 cr
Soc 631 Social Psychology of Organizations, 3 cr
Soc 632 Sociology of Organizations, 3 cr
Soc 649 Industrial Sociology, 3 cr
Ind Engr 349 Introduction to Human Factors, 3 cr
Ind Engr 653 Organization and Job Design, 3 cr
Poli Sci 443 Public Administration, 4 cr
Psych 419 Human Information Processing, 3 cr
Psych 537 Social Behavior Dynamics, 3 cr