Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

School of Human Resources and Labor Relations

William N. Cooke, Director


Through its research, education and educational programs, the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations advances knowledge and understanding of human resources and labor-relations within a global context. The School’s Master of Human Resources and Labor Relations is recognized as one of the leading programs of its kind, with approximately 2,900 alumni who hold top executive positions in both the private and public sectors. The School offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Capital and Society, advancing the success of people and organizations worldwide. It also offers a doctoral program in Human Resources and Labor Relations and an undergraduate Minor in Leadership of Organizations. 
 

Undergraduate Programs


Human Capital and Society

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Capital and Society provides a general social science understanding of the complex nature of people and work. The program focuses on workforce education, training and development; laws governing employment and workplace rights; human decision-making and behavior in the labor market and workplace; and organizational strategies, policies and practices governing and influencing employee outcomes and performance.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Capital and Society

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Capital and Society.

    The completion of Statistics and Probability 200 or 201 referenced in item 3. below may also satisfy the University mathematics requirement or the NATURAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT in the College, but not both.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Human Capital and Society major is met by completing Human Resources and Labor Relations 465. That course is referenced in item 3. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following courses for the major (45 or 46 credits):
    a. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    STT 200 Statistical Methods 3
    STT 201 Statistical Methods 4
    b. The following course (3 credits):
    EC 201 Introduction to Microeconomics 3
    c. All of the following courses (18 credits):
    HRLR 201 Human Capital and Society 3
    HRLR 313 Employment Relations 3
    HRLR 314 Legal Environment of Work 3
    HRLR 315 Research Methods and Analysis 3
    HRLR 410 Voice and Democracy at Work 3
    HRLR 465 Capstone in Human Capital and Society (W) 3
    d. Complete a minimum of 12 credits with at least 3 credits from each of the three areas below (General, Human Capital Systems, and International):
    General
    HRLR 211 Introduction to Organizational Leadership 3
    HRLR 212 Career Management 3
    HRLR 311 Applied Organizational Leadership 3
    Human Capital Systems
    HRLR 316 Economics of Human Capital 3
    HRLR 401 Income Inequality 3
    MGT 411 Organizational Staffing 3
    International
    HRLR 414 Legal Standards in a Global Workplace 3
    HRLR 420 Comparative Human Capital Systems 3
    e. Complete at least 3 courses (9 credits) from the following courses:
    Anthropology 3
    ANP 201 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
    ANP 430 Culture, Resources and Power
    Economics
    EC 301 Intermediate Microeconomics 3
    EC 340 Survey of International Economics 3
    EC 380 Labor Relations and Labor Market Policy 3
    EC 480 Analysis of Labor Markets (W) 3
    Geography
    GEO 113 Introduction to Economic Geography 3
    GEO 204 World Regional Geography 3
    Human Development and Family Studies
    HDFS 405 Work and Family 3
    History
    HST 213 U.S. Business and Economic History 3
    HST 306 Modern United States 3
    Psychology
    PSY 235 Social Psychology 3
    PSY 236 Personality 3
    PSY 255 Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3
    Sociology
    SOC 215 Race and Ethnicity 3
    SOC 216 Sex and Gender 3
    SOC 322 Sociology of Work 3
    SOC 424 Organizations and Society 3


 

Minor in Leadership of Organizations

The Minor in Leadership of Organizations provides interdisciplinary study of the leadership of organizations, preparing students to critically assess the effectiveness of leaders in a wide range of organizations including business, government, and non-profit. The minor also prepares students to be more effective leaders in their careers and as citizens.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements of the minor should consult an adviser in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations.

Requirements for the Minor in Leadership of Organizations

Complete a minimum of 15 credits from the following:

1.  The following core course (3 credits):
HRLR 211 Introduction to Organizational Leadership 3
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):
ANP 321 Anthropology of Social Movements 3
ANP 475 Organizational Anthropology 3
HST 213 U.S. Business and Economic History 3
PLS 313 American Public Policy 3
PSY 235 Social Psychology 3
PSY 255 Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3
SOC 481 Social Movements and Collective Identities 3
3. Two of the following courses (6 to 8 credits):
COM 240 Introduction to Organizational Communication 4
CSUS 429 Program Evaluation for Community Sustainability 3
PHL 345 Business Ethics 4
REL 291 Special Topics in Religious Studies 3
TE 250 Human Diversity, Power, and Opportunity in Social Institutions 3
WRA 491 Special Topics 1 to 4
Students who choose REL 291 or WRA 491 must obtain prior approval from the academic advisor to ensure content is specific to Leadership of Organizations.
4. The following course (3 credits):
HRLR 311 Applied Organizational Leadership 3

 

Graduate Study


Human Resources and Labor Relations - Master of Human Resources and Labor Relations

The Master of Human Resources and Labor Relations is the school’s signature graduate degree, offered on a full-time basis in East Lansing, Michigan.  With a diverse and highly qualified student body, the master’s program is universally regarded as one of the premier professional programs of its kind in the world.  Preparing future leaders for professional careers, students receive a comprehensive, contemporary foundation in human resources and labor relations, gain a broad global perspective, and learn to apply best practices, lead organizational change, and act strategically as business leaders. 
The curriculum offers a wide range of courses across required core knowledge areas including:  human resource management, labor-management relations, organizational change, business acumen, international human resources and employment relations, workplace law, economics of human resources, and quantitative methods for human resource analyses.

In addition to classroom instruction, nearly all students participate in paid summer internships with companies between their first and second year in the program.  Through these summer internships, students receive invaluable mentoring and on-the-job learning, working as members of specific project teams and undertaking individual assignments.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Social Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the master's degree program, a student must have a bachelor's degree and a cumulative grade–point average of 3.00 or higher in the junior and senior years. Applicants must have satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test or on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Applicants with five or more years of relevant work experience with successful professional records may be able to substitute that work experience for GRE or GMAT test scores. Applicants must complete one course in microeconomic principles, one course in statistics, and one course in behavioral sciences with a minimum grade of 3.0 in each course. In addition, applicants will be judged on the quality of their statement of objectives and three letters of reference.

Requirements for the Master of Human Resources and Labor Relations Degree in Human Resources and Labor Relations

The program is available under both Plan A (with thesis) and Plan B (without thesis).  The student must complete 36 credits with a grade–point average of at least 3.00.

1. All of the following courses (15 credits):
HRLR 809 Economics of Human Resources 3
HRLR 813 Organizational Behavior for Human Resources and Labor Relations 3
HRLR 820 Human Resource Practices and Decisions 3
HRLR 832 Quantitative Methods for Human Resources Analyses 3
HRLR 858 Collective Bargaining 3
2. One course from each of the following core knowledge areas (12 credits):
Human Resource Management
HRLR 821 Talent Acquisition and Deployment 3
HRLR 822 Training and Development 3
HRLR 825 Compensation 3
HRLR 828 Human Resource Information Systems 3
HRLR 829 Foundations of Employee Benefits 3
International Human Resources and Labor Relations
HRLR 854 Comparative Employment Relations 3
HRLR 855 International Human Resources 3
HRLR 859 Study Abroad in Human Resources and Labor Relations 3
Workplace Law
HRLR 863 Labor Law 3
HRLR 868 Employment Law 3
Strategy and Firm Performance
HRLR 871 Human Resource and Firm Performance 3
HRLR 872 Human Resources Strategy 3
3. Nine additional credits in courses approved by the student’s academic advisor or guidance committee. Students pursuing Plan A (with thesis) must complete 4 credits of HRLR 899 Master’s Thesis Research as part of this elective requirement.


Human Resources and Labor Relations-Law

Human Resources and Labor Relations students who are admitted to the dual MHRL/JD program with the Michigan State University - College of Law may transfer a maximum of 9 credits from the Michigan State University/College of Law program to the MHRL program. These credits may be used only to satisfy elective credits. Only Plan B (without thesis) is available for election under the dual degree program.

 


Human Resources and Labor Relations - Doctor of Philosophy

The School of Human Resources and Labor Relations offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Human Resources and Labor Relations to prepare students for a career as a scholar in human resources or labor and employment relations in a tenure-track position at a research-oriented university.  Students study employment phenomena from the perspective of multiple actors including employees, employers, unions, the government, and society at-large. The program integrates tools from diverse disciplines including economics, management, and psychology.

Admission

Admission to this doctoral program is based on an evaluation of the student’s academic record, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores, letters of recommendation, written statements, and an application form. For further details, visit our Web site at www.hrlr.msu.edu.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Human Resources and Labor Relations

Students will complete course work and seminars within the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, and within other departments in the university. Students will be required to pass comprehensive examinations based on their course work, to demonstrate research competency by writing an empirical research paper, and to defend their dissertation successfully. Students must:

1.   Complete the following courses (15 credits):  
    HRLR 991A Theoretical Perspectives in Human Resource Management 3
    HRLR 991B Theoretical Perspectives in Labor and Employment Relations 3
    HRLR 992A Research Perspectives in Human Resource Management 3
    HRLR 992B Research Perspectives in Labor and Employment Relations 3
    HRLR 993 Research Methods for Human Resource and Labor Relations 3
2.   Complete three doctoral level research methods courses within other departments approved by the student’s doctoral committee.
3.   Complete four doctoral level courses in other departments approved by the student’s doctoral committee.
4.   Complete 24 credits of HRLR 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research.