Jan 28, 2022  
University of Alberta Calendar 2019-2020 
University of Alberta Calendar 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Major in Human Resource Management [Business]

Description of Field

The effective management of an organization's human resources is important for success in today's competitive climate. Many managers looking for new sources of competitive advantage are discovering the importance of the quality of their human resources and how they are managed. The HRM major gives students an insight into what is involved in "competing through people." This program is designed to produce graduates who are knowledgeable about a range of strategic issues which reflect the complex, changing environment in which the management of human resources operates.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities in the human resources management field exist in private business enterprises, public institutions, labor unions, and not-for-profit organizations. Graduates may start in a number of areas such as staffing, compensation, training, or labor relations. The HRM major has been designed so that it is applicable to either a generalist or a specialist position.

Sequence of Courses

Year Two—Winter

Year Three

Year Four

  • ★9 SMO Human Resource Management electives (See Note 4)
  • ★3 SMO electives (unrestricted)
  • ★6 Senior Business electives (See Note 6)
  • ★3 in electives outside Business (See Note 1)
  • ★6 in free electives (See Notes 1 and 6)


  1. See Policy on Elective Courses  and Free Electives .
  2. May be taken in either of Year Three or Year Four.
  3. May be taken in any year except Year Two, Fall Term.
    1. SMO Human Resource Management electives may be chosen from the following: SMO 411 , SMO 412 , SMO 413 , SMO 414 , SMO 415 , SMO 416 , SMO 417 , SMO 418 , SMO 421, SMO 432 , SMO 495 .
    2. One of the following may be substituted for the above SMO courses: SOC 363 ; ECON 331 ; ENGG 404 , ENGG 406 .
  5. SMO 311  should be taken as soon as possible in Year Three.
  6. See Policy on Elective Courses . Human Resource Management students are encouraged to take OM 352 .


  1. Students with a declared major in Human Resource Management may choose to do a minor in any subject area of Business. See Minors for Business Students  . Minors are not required.
  2. Students with a declared major in another area may complete a minor in Human Resource Management by completing ★12 in the following SMO courses: SMO 311 , SMO 411 , SMO 412 , SMO 413 , SMO 414 , SMO 415 , SMO 416 , SMO 417 , SMO 418 , SMO 432 . In addition to the ★12 required for a minor, it is strongly recommended that students take SMO 441 .