Human Resources Major Overview

human-resources.pngStudents who are thinking about majoring in human resources should consider the following questions: 

  • How can a firm attract, engage, and retain the right employees?
  • On what basis should one employee be paid more than another?
  • How should a manager give feedback to employees about their performance?
  • How should an employer deal with unions?

These are just a few of the concerns of a human resource specialist.

Dealing with all aspects of the employment relationship is a huge part of strategically working with a firm’s most important asset - its people. As an HR professional, you will learn how to recruit, select and engage employees, how to set up a compensation system, and how to deal with the intricacies of employment law including union-management relations. As part of managing people, you will also learn how to deal with motivation and retention of people as well as the nuts and bolts of specific areas such as training, and health and safety. 

The human resources major has 5 required courses (15 credit units) and 3 free senior electives (9 credit units). In addition to the core and human resources major requirements, students who plan to pursue a designation as a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) are strongly encouraged to complete specific electives that will assist you in preparing for the CPHR National Knowledge Exam.

To view the current degree requirements visit the USask programs page.

Featured Classes

COMM 343 - Recruitment, Selection & Engagement

Designed to help students identify and apply appropriate practices (which are valid, reliable, and legally defensible) for recruiting and selecting people who will contribute to the overall success of an organization, and for engaging those employees toward favourable organizational (and individual) outcomes. In so doing, the theoretical and empirical underpinnings for these practices are presented.

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COMM 382 - Employment Law 

Examination of the law relating to employment in the non-unionized sector, including the contract of employment, wrongful dismissal, and selected protective statutes such as the employment standards and human rights acts. Attention will focus on, but will not be limited to the law of Saskatchewan.

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Careers in Human Resources

Career Opportunities

The field of human resources includes areas such as recruitment, training and development, salaries and benefits, health and safety, industrial relations, and performance management. 

Students on their co-op placement and recent graduates have held positions like: 

  • Compensation Specialist 
  • Human Resources Generalist 
  • Human Resource Information System Specialist 
  • Mediator 
  • Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Specialist 
  • Recruiter 

Professional Organizations 

Looking to gain mentorship and add to your educational experience? Connect with a professional organization in human resources like: