Courses & Programs

Human Resource Management Certificate

Ellen Majka

Faculty, Business

Business and Technology

Kittredge Center 419

413.552.2350 (Tel)

what will you learn?

Students who successfully complete this certificate program are prepared to begin entry-level positions in human resource management. Credits earned through the certificate program may be applied toward the A.S. in Human Resource Management as well. Students will learn human resource inventory management; recruiting and retention; and organizational behavior.


Upon graduating from this program, students will be able to:

  • Appreciate the role of law in human resources and general business
  • Define the traditional functions of management
  • Understand the role of management and its contribution to strategic resource planning

what will you do?

Pursue your associate degree or go right into the workforce! Job and career options include:

  • Employee Training
  • Recruitment
  • Employee Training
  • Onboarding & Orientation

Learn more at HCC's Advising, Career & Transfer Center and at What Can I Do with This Major?

24 total credits

24 program requirements

Depending on course selection, 100% of this program can be completed online.

A study of the interpersonal and communication skills fundamental for success in the workplace. Students will hone their professional style as they study topics including professional behavior, interpersonal interactions, and civility as they relate to the workplace.
This course introduces students to the relationship between business and society. Topics include corporate citizenship, identification and analysis of stakeholder issues, business ethics fundamentals, business influence on government and the public sector, ethical issues in the global arena, workplace issues, and employment discrimination and affirmative action. Upon completion students should be able to apply ethical principles and guidelines to business decision making.
The focus of this course is to develop financially literate students. It will provide a practical introduction to personal finance and money management by focusing on realistic ways to effectively manage and protect personal assets and maximize financial health and stability. Students will learn how to design a personal budget and learn to make appropriate decisions with regard to savings, investments, insurance, credit protection, estate planning and managing personal assets. Students will evaluate the cost of borrowed money, real estate investments, the effective use of credit, tax implications and the effects the economy has on personal financial decisions. Prerequisite: Eligibility for MTH 085
An introductory, hands-on course designed to provide an overview of microcomputer hardware and software currently available and to provide hands-on exposure to internet, e-mail, operating system, word processing spreadsheets, database and graphics applications. Students will not receive credit for CSI 111 and BUS 115. Keyboarding skills preferred, but not required.
A study of the sources of law, the Massachusetts and Federal Court systems, steps in civil litigation, and the general principles of contract law.
A study of employment law for the non-legal professional in Human Resource Management, emphasizing federal and state laws governing the employment process and the relationship between employers and employees.
Each of the managerial functions--planning, organizing, directing, and controlling--is discussed from the standpoint of how all four interrelate to become the management process. Managerial skills necessary to accomplish these functions are also described, including human relations, decision making, and communication.
Survey of the principles, problems, and practices of modern business in the management of the work force, from recruitment through retirement. Emphasis is on the use of appropriate practices in firms of various types and sizes.
Introduction to the study and principles of behavior. Topics include general principles of scientific investigation; physiological bases of behavior including sensation, perception, learning, emotion, and motivation; development; individual differences; attitudes; and group dynamics. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101.
An introduction to the study, principles and findings of Social Psychology. Topics include methods of research; social perception (self-perception, perception of others and perceiving groups); social influence (attitudes and conformity); social relations (attractions, altruism and aggression) and applying social psychology (law, business and health). Prerequisite: PSY 110