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Study Human Resource Development

Major in Psychology with an Emphasis in Human Resource Development

Focus on the intersection of psychology and organizational behavior.

Our students learn how to identify future leaders, improve employee performance, and increase job satisfaction.

Through the Human Resource Development emphasis track, play an essential role in the success of an organization by promoting a positive and engaged company culture.

Topics unique to the Human Resource Development emphasis track

  • Adult learning theory: how adults learn and retain information, which can be important in designing effective training and development programs.
  • Performance management: how to measure, monitor, and improve employee performance through various techniques, such as performance appraisals and feedback.
  • Employee motivation and engagement: how to create a work environment that fosters engagement and satisfaction.
  • Leadership and team development: how to build high-performing teams.
  • Training and development: how to design and implement training programs.
  • Organizational change: how individuals and organizations respond to change, and how to manage change effectively.

Jobs for Psychology majors with a Human Resource Development focus

Graduates may pursue careers in a variety of industries, such as HR management, training and development, organizational development, and consulting.

  • Human Resources Specialist: Recruit, hire, and train employees. Ensure compliance with employment laws, manage employee benefits, and handle employee relations.
  • Training and Development Specialist: Design and implement training programs that help employees develop new skills and knowledge. 
  • Organizational Development Consultant: Work with companies to improve organizational performance and effectiveness. Guide areas such as strategic planning, change management, and employee engagement.
  • Employee Relations Specialist: Resolve conflicts between employees and management. Mediate disputes, investigate complaints, and develop policies and procedures to improve employee relations.

Additional information
for the Department of Psychology and Counseling

Catalog – see program guides