Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, major concentration in Personnel Psychology/Human Resource Management
Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences
The Personnel Psychology and Human Resource Management (PP/HRM) 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 Resource Management 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/HRM major are provided below.
Major requirements (40 semester credits total)
Include in courses below, 2 [M] Writing in the Major courses.
Psychology/HD Concentration (25 credits)
Required courses (13 credits)
Elementary Statistics in Psychology
Prereq, College Level Math, with a grade of C- or higher)
Work and Family
Four of the following (12 credits)
Psych 309 [S, D]
Cultural Diversity in Organizations
Psych 350 [S]
Psychological Testing and Measurement (Prereq: Psych 311)
Field Experience in Personnel Psychology (prereq Psych 306 or MGMT 450)
HD 350 [S,D]
Diversity in Contemporary Families
Perspectives in Human Services
Management Concentration (15 credits)
Required courses (6 credits)
Principles of Management and Organization
Personnel and Human Resources Mgmt. (prereq MGMT 301 and Psych 311)
Three of the following (9 credits)
IBUS 453 [M]
MGMT 401 [M]
Leadership Skills for Managers (prereq: MGMT 301)
MGMT 455 [M]
Staffing (prereq: MGMT 450 or c//.)
Compensation Administration (prereq: MGMT 450 or c//.)
Business Ethics (prereq: MGMT 301)
Prerequisites for all Management courses, Psych 412, and Psych 495 will be strictly enforced.
*May only apply 3 credits toward electives.