Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, major concentration in Personnel Psychology/Human Resources

Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences

Photo of students preparing paperworkThe Personnel Psychology and Human Resources (PP/HR) program is designed to provide human resource professionals, and those preparing for a career in human resources, the tools to be effective managers. This unique program blends courses in industrial/organizational psychology, business administration, and human development offering students multiple perspectives on issues facing human resource managers.

A team of experienced faculty is available to assist students in course selection and career advising. This interdisciplinary degree also offers optional internships for students desiring experience in a human resource environment. Additionally, there are opportunities for membership in the WSU Vancouver Human Resource Society, a student club for those interested in HR issues.

Students pursuing the B.A. in Social Sciences with a major in Personnel Psychology/ Human Resources must take 40 credits in their major and complete WSU General Education requirements. Students must be admitted to the university if they are seeking a degree. A complete list of the specific course requirements in the PP/HR major are provided below.

Effective Fall 2013 new PP/HR requirements.  For students prior to Fall 2013 please use this PP/HRM checksheet.pdf 

Major requirements (40 semester credits total)

Area One

Required courses (19 credits)

Course

Description

Credits

Psych 306

Industrial Psychology

3

Psych 308

Organizational Psychology

3

Psych 311

Elementary Statistics in Psychology

(Pre-req:  College Level Math, with a grade of C- or higher, College Algebra advised)

4

Choose three from the following:

Course

Description

Credits

Psych 309 

Cultural Diversity in Organizations

3

Psych 350 

Social Psychology

3

Psych 412

Psychological Testing and Measurement (Pre-req: Psych 311)

3

Psych 466

Environmental Psychology

3

Psych 470

Motivation

3

Psych 495*

Field Experience in Personnel Psychology (Pre-req: Psych 306 or Mgmt 450)

2-6

 

Area Two

Required courses (9 credits)

Course

Description          

Credits

HD 406

Work and Family

3

Choose two from the following:

Course

Description

Credits

HD 301

Family Stress and Copying

3

HD 350 [DIVR]

Diversity in Contemporary Families

3

HD 385

Perspectives in Human Services

3

HD 403 [CAPS]

Families in Poverty

3

HD 430

Professional Skills (Pre-req: HD 385)

3

 

Area Three

Required courses (12 credits)

Course

Description

Credits

Mgmt 301

Principles of Management and Organization

(Pre-req: Junior Standing, certified in a major)

3

Choose three from the following (2 must be [M] courses): 

Course

Description

Credits

Mgmt 401 [M]

Leadership Skills for Managers (Pre-req: Mgmt 301)

3

Mgmt 450

Personnel and Human Resources Mgmt

(Pre-req: Mgmt 301 and Psych 311)

3

I Bus 453 [M]

International Management

3

Mgmt 455 [M]

Staffing (Pre-req: Mgmt 450 or c//.)

3

Mgmt 456

Compensation Administration (Pre-req: Mgmt 450 or c//.)

3

Mgmt 485

Negotiation Skills

3

Mgmt 487

Business Ethics (Pre-req: Mgmt 301)

3

Mgmt 496*

Seminar

3

Note: Prerequisites for courses will be strictly enforced.
*May only apply 3 credits toward electives.