Do you like helping people become the best they can be? Do you want to help organizations be the best they can be? If so, you may enjoy a career in Human Resources. Through this program, you can strengthen your strategic approach to managing people, enhance the culture of an organization, understand labor law, and become a more effective manager. An interdisciplinary program for those who want to bring out the best in others
The Certificate in Management of Human Resources (CMHR) equips candidates with specialized skills to work with the most important resource at an organization-people. Students develop a practical knowledge base in the following areas: interviewing and staff selection, training design and implementation, team-building, employee relations, conflict resolution, management of a diverse workforce; performance appraisal; compensation design and administration, benefits, legal practices; policies and procedures, labor and union relations, and health and safety.
The CMHR is an interdisciplinary program offered by the School of Business, the Communication Department, and the Psychology Department. In size and scope, the certificate is between a minor and a major. The certificate goes above and beyond the bachelor’s degree to show a potential employer the student has extensive knowledge in the area of human resource management. The certificate can be the one thing that sets an applicant apart from the others.
To pursue this certificate, students must be a current SOU students who are meeting the requirements for a BA or BS degree and students who already have a BA or BS degree (postbaccalaureate). This interdisciplinary format requires the completion of 12 credits of prerequisites, a 28-credit core, and eight elective credits chosen from at least two of the three disciplines. This format allows the student to build an area of strength in a preferred field of focus.
This program is an excellent option for students majoring or minoring in business, communication, or psychology. The program is also open to students of any major and can be completed concurrently or after a bachelor’s degree. Each student has a CMHR advisor who facilitates an individual plan of study in the certificate program.
The certificate requires the completion of a practicum/internship in the field of HR. An internship allows students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to real business challenges. The internship often leads to a job offer and successful networking in the profession.
To pursue this certificate, students must be in one of the following categories:
- Current SOU students who are meeting the requirements for a BA or BS degree
- Students who already have a BA or BS degree (postbaccalaureate)
This program provides a supplemental certificate option for students majoring or minoring in business, communication, or psychology. The program is also open to students completing any BA or BS degree at SOU. Each student has a CMHR advisor who facilitates an individual plan of study and success in the certificate program. (See below.) All courses taken for the certificate must be completed with a grade of C or better. A minimum GPA of 2.5 must be maintained in all courses taken for the certificate. At least 20 of the 36 core elective credits must be taken at SOU.
Prerequisites and course requirements may be found in the SOU online catalog. (2013-14 catalog; 2014-15 catalog; 2015-16 catalog; 2016-17 catalog)
If you are a student interested in joining the Society of Human Resource Managers, go to: www.shrm.org/students. The student application fee is $35, and our chapter number is 5222.
InternshipsOne of the requirements for this certificate program is completing a practicum/internship in the field of HR. If you are looking for an internship to satisfy this requirement, please use the University's CareerLink: www.sou.edu/careers. You can search for internships specifically in HR.
You can complete an Internship/Practicum for your major and have it count for the certificate program as well, but only if you get prior approval from your practicum instructor and from the CMHR Evaluator, Joan McBee.
Dr. Joan McBee
School of Business