Human Resource Management


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.


Why should you study Human Resource Management at Alvernia University?

Because at Alvernia you get all the benefits of an outstanding university education in a manageable setting with personal attention and unique opportunities that can benefit you as you move toward your career.

Small Class Size
Alvernia has an average 12:1 student-faculty ratio, with fewer than 20 students in most classes. This facilitates valuable, professional relationships among faculty members and students. In these small class settings, you get individual attention to help you excel.

Faculty Who Care
Alvernia’s faculty members aren’t just teachers. They’re experts in their fields who are committed to passing along their knowledge and expertise to their students. In small class settings faculty members become mentors and advisors, intent on helping you learn, grow and succeed. Faculty members in Alvernia’s Business Department have worked for Fortune 500 companies and have backgrounds in banking, electronics and telecommunications, law and the automobile industry. They are board members of prestigious organizations and have presented papers and reports both nationally and internationally. Most importantly, they’re there to help you succeed.

Research Opportunities
Alvernia offers opportunities for many students to work with faculty members on research projects relating to their areas of concentration. This collaboration prepares students for professions and/or graduate school.

Honors Program
Alvernia’s Honors Program for students who are academically gifted and highly motivated is designed to allow students to work at their own pace and to recognize and encourage academic excellence. Honors students interact with one another to exchange ideas and information across a wide range of disciplines and interests.

The Honors Program offers co-curricular activities, service opportunities and intellectual and social support to encourage students to exceed their own expectations.

Learn more about Alvernia’s Honors Programs at

Get Real
Classroom learning is valuable and necessary, but out-of-the-classroom, experiential learning provides Human Resource Management students with hands-on, real world learning opportunities that enrich your educational experience and are highly valued by employers.

You’ll have opportunities to participate in internships, co-ops, field experiences, community service, campus events and other experiences to help you stretch and grow toward your full potential.

Learn more about Alvernia’s Get Real program at

Study Abroad
Living and studying outside of the United States can change you in ways you can’t begin to envision. Students who study abroad typically gain immeasurable confidence and experiences they could not have imagined.

Human Resource Management majors have benefitted from participation in study abroad programs in countries including New Zealand, Italy, Spain, England, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Morocco, Palestine, China and Mexico.

Learn more about Alvernia’s Study Abroad program at


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 in 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
  • 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 You also can research job postings for human resource management positions to get a better idea of what various jobs entail.

Some Human Resource Management students purse 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 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.

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


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 33 credits in Business Core classes, 21 credits in Human Resource Management classes, and seven credits in math. Required courses are:

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
ECON 248 Macroeconomics
ECON 249 Microeconomics
MAT 208 Introduction to Statistics -OR- MAT 209 Probabilty 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

Recommended courses for Human Resource Management majors:
BUS 441 Cooperative Education in Business I
BUS 442 Cooperative Education in Business II

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

Your Real World Learning Experience
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 Human Resource Management majors have had internships include:

  • The Camden Riversharks
  • Citizens Bank
  • Cott Beverage
  • Ernst & Young
  • Four Seasons Produce
  • Haines & Kibblehouse
  • InRoads
  • Strohmann/Maier’s Bakery
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Walt Disney World
  • U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Vanguard
  • Webb Insurance
  • The Philadelphia Eagles
  • The Reading Royals
  • U.S. Department of Finance

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 at

Research Opportunities
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 Human Resources Management major, there may be opportunity for you to assist in faculty research, and to benefit from knowledge gained through faculty research.

The Honors Program
If you’re academically gifted and highly motivated, you may want to learn more about Alverania’s Undergraduate Honors Program. Honors students have opportunities to take courses dealing with unusual topics and participate in a variety of activities. You can learn more about the Honors Program and how to apply at

In addition, Alvernia’s Business Department sponsors the Lambda Zeta chapter of the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society through its accrediting body, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Program. Delta Mu Delta is an honors society for junior, seniors and graduate student, and is limited to the top 20 percent of students in those classes. You can learn more about Delta Mu Delta at

The Eight-Semester Plan
You can do it! It’s easy to stay on track to graduate in four years if you pay close attention to what classes you need and make sure to take them in a timely manner. Advisors are available to assist in planning academic programs, course selection and registration, but it’s your job to make sure that you meet all academic requirements and comply with University policies.

You can greatly enhance your university experience by participating in activities both on and off campus. Start planning well in advance for an internship, study abroad or other off-campus experience, as you’ll need to assure that you will be able to complete all required coursework.

Study Opportunities beyond Campus
Your college years are the perfect time to broaden your horizons and participate in experiences that can change your life. Alvernia offers some great opportunities for students who want to spend some time studying beyond its campus.

The Washington Center
The University’s O’Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Public Service manages a relationship with The Washington Center, an organization that offers residential academic programs and internships in the nation’s capital.

If you participate in The Washington Center program, you might be placed in an internship in a government agency or non-profit organization. You can learn more about the Washington Center and opportunities there at

Study Abroad Programs
Alvernia’s Study Abroad Office works closely with students who want to spend one or more semesters in a different country. Business students have studied and traveled in Italy, Spain, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, England, Germany, Greece, Belgium, Austria, Morocco, Palestine and China.

You pay the regular Alvernia tuition while studying abroad, and continue to receive financial aid, if applicable. Credits earned count toward your Alvernia undergraduate degree.

If you’re interested in studying in another country you should start planning early, as you’ll need to start the application process about a year in advance.

You can get more information about these programs from the Study Abroad Office at or by contacting


Alvernia is committed to serving the needs of its students. Whether you have questions or problems related to academics, life on campus, student activities, social activities or any other issue, there is someone available to help you. You can learn more about all student services at

Academic Success Center (ASC) 
The Academic Success Center offers advice and support to help you with any problems or issues related to your Alvernia education. It also assists with career exploration and preparation. The office is open every day and can be contacted at 610-796-8266.

Career Services
Staff members at the Career Development office will help you with any questions you have about exploring or planning careers. They also will guide you in how to look for and apply to jobs as you get closer to graduation. The office also has a career resources library. You can learn more about career services at, or by emailing

Financial Aid
The Financial Aid office is the place to contact with any questions you have about the cost of an Alvernia education and options for paying for it. Nearly all undergraduates at Alvernia get some type of financial aid, and everyone is encouraged to apply for it. You can learn more at or by emailing

Admissions Office
If you’re interested in applying to the Human Resource Management program at Alvernia, contact the Admissions Office at 610-796-3011 or at

Faculty Members
Alvernia’s Business Department is staffed by dedicated, highly qualified professionals who are committed to sharing their expertise and knowledge with students. Faculty members have extensive experience in various aspects of business in addition to human resources management, including law, banking, the automotive industry, entrepreneurship, the sports industry, accounting and marketing, and bring their expertise to the classroom. They often work one-on-one with students to enhance the student’s learning experience, and serve as mentors to aspiring students.

Many faculty members in the Human Resource Management program are actively engaged in research, have written articles that have appeared in prestigious publications and have presented nationally and internationally at conferences.

You can learn more about Alvernia’s business faculty at


There is so much more to college than classes, and Human Resource Management majors at Alvernia have some excellent opportunities to get involved in activities that are both enjoyable and provide beneficial, hands-on experience. Students who get involved and engaged in extra-curricular activities benefit both academically and socially, and open themselves to integral life lessons from beyond the classroom.

You’ll be encouraged to participate in a range of activities, including some rewarding and inspiring service projects. Some organizations and activities that appeal to many business students include:

  • The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The organization acquaints students seeking careers in human resource management, management, or labor relations with current issues and trends in those fields. Alvernia’s SHRM is recognized by the Berks County SHRM Chapter, providing networking opportunities with professional chapter members during monthly meetings. SHRM brings speakers to campus to assist in professional development for students, and also helps arrange for off-campus internships, job shadows and workshops. Members of SHRM have attended national conferences in Chicago, New Orleans and San Diego, and participate in campus and community events.
  • Phi Beta Lambda (PBL). This organization provides opportunities for you to develop vocational competencies for business positions. One of the top 10 organizations listed by the U.S. Department of Education, its goals are to promote competent, aggressive business leadership; provide an understanding of American business enterprise; establish career goals; encourage scholarship; promote sound financial management; and facilitate transition from school to work. Alvernia’s PBL chapter has received many awards on the state and national levels. The group regularly participates in state and national workshops and conferences, and is an active presence on campus.
  • The Sport Management Association (SMA). The SMA promotes sport and the field of sports management, and supports Alvernia student-athletes. Members also coordinate and help manage athletic events, and, in keeping with Alvernia’s mission “to learn, to love, to serve,” work to enrich the lives of youth in Reading and surrounding areas.
  • The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). This is the largest organization for management accountants and financial managers in the world. Alvernia’s student affiliate chapter of this organization helps prepare students for a successful career in the field of accounting. The on-campus organization is sponsored by the Reading IMA chapter, and provides opportunities to meet and work with area business professionals. Many Alvernia students have secured internships, full-time employment and scholarships as a result of these relationships.
  • Alvernia also offers many organizations, clubs and activities outside of your major, and you’re encouraged to get involved. You can learn more about Alvernia’s Student Government Association, becoming a Student Ambassador, student trips and other activities at
  • The Holleran Center for Community Engagement serves as a bridge between the University and the community. The Center partners with a variety of organizations to provide Alvernia students opportunities to serve. You might volunteer to tutor senior citizens in basic computer skills, work at the Reading Roots Urban Farm and Learning Center or help to organize an event for the South Reading Youth Initiative. You can read more about volunteer opportunities at

Our Management graduates have entered MBA programs at Alvernia University and many other fine graduate schools. Others find employment with renowned local, national and international companies including Aetna, AT&T, Carpenter Technology, CPA, Ernst & Young, First Union, Hi-Tech Communications, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg’s, Magnatech International, Morton Powder Coatings, ParenteBeard, the Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General, Pepperidge Farm, Prudential and Vanguard.

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