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Human Resource Management Certificate

The certificate program in Human Resource Management (HRM) is designed to prepare students for current and emerging roles in the growing area of human resource management. The certificate consists of 18 credits (six 3- credit courses). The program is intended for students interested in developing knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics for roles related to human resource management, such as recruitment and selection, training and development, performance management and compensation, as well as general business management.

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Admission to Farmingdale State College - State University of New York is based on the qualifications of the applicant without regard to age, sex, marital or military status, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.

Contact Information


Dr. Nanda Viswanathan
School of Business, Room 329
Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

Fall 2022

Subject to revision

BUS 109 Management Theory and Practices 3
BUS 266 Personnel/Human Resources Management 3
BUS 352 Employment Law 3
BUS 368 Compensation & PerformanceManagement 3
BUS 360 Leadership Theories & Practices
or BUS 460 Leadership and Ethics 3
BUS Elective* 3

Curriculum Summary

Total Required Credits: 18

BUS Electives:

BUS 141 Business Communications
BUS 202 Business Law
BUS 209 Teamwork and Team Building
BUS 311 Organizational Behavior
BUS 322 International Management
BUS 366 International Human Resource Management 
BUS 367 Negotiations & Conflict Resolution
BUS 370 Counterproductive Behavior in Organizations 
BUS 379-382 Business Internship 
BUS 390-391 Special/Select Topics, as approved 
BUS 412 Business, Government, and Society
BUS 442 Human Resource Analytics


Courses in the HRM certificate program may count towards your degree program as either required courses or electives. Please consult with your academic advisor and/or use the “What if” function in Degree Works to verify the applicability of the HRM certificate courses to meet the requirements of your degree program. 

BUS 109 Management Theories and Practices

This introductory course covers management principles pertaining to human resources, individual behavior in organizations, employee motivation and performance, and business ethics. Topics also include managing and the manager’s job; planning and decision making; employee performance appraisal and feedback; leadership and influence processes; interpersonal relations and communication; and managing work groups and teams.

BUS 266 Personnel and Human Resources Management

This course develops an understanding of the important functions and tasks performed by the modern human resource department such as staffing, training, employee safety and compensation. Emphasis throughout will be on the partnership to ensure a motivated work force. Prerequisite(s): BUS 109 or Department approval

BUS 352 Employment Law

This course reviews the field of law governing employment. Topics covered include the following: Employment relationship and procedure, selection, testing, privacy, termination, and arbitration; employment discrimination regarding the Civil Rights Act, Affirmative Action, racial discrimination, sex discrimination, family leave and pregnancy discrimination, sexual orientation, religious discrimination, national origin discrimination, age discrimination and disability discrimination. Also covered are employment regulations regarding unions and collective bargaining agreements, wage and hour regulations, occupational safety and health, workers' compensation, and employee benefits. Prerequisite(s): BUS 202

BUS 368 Performance Management and Compensation

Performance management and compensation are of significant importance for both employees and organizations. Students will focus on major methods for measuring and managing employees' performance, and describing how organizations can recognize individual and group performance through pay and benefits. In doing so, students will identify major considerations in establishing a performance management and compensation system, including legal requirements, equity, and market competitiveness. Prerequisite(s): BUS 109, BUS 266 both with a grade of C or higher

BUS 360 Leadership Theories Practices

The following will be covered: definition and significance of leadership; global and cultural contexts of leadership; early theories and practices: the foundations of modern leadership; individual differences and traits and the ability to lead; leadership and "emotional intelligence;" leadership and "the moral compass;" power, influence, and leadership; new models of leadership; leadership of non-profits; and leading change. Prerequisite(s): BUS 109

BUS 460 Leadership and Ethics

This advanced-level business management course covers theories, case studies, and skill development applications relating to effective leadership and ethics. Emphasis will be on the interrelated role of laws, cultural norms, attitudes, moral development, situational circumstances, and technologies as determining effects on ethical leadership. Coursework includes leadership-and ethics related research literature and databases. Note: Students cannot get credit for BUS 460 and 460W; BUS 460W can be used to fulfill the writing intensive requirement. Note: Offered at the discretion of the Business Management Department. Prerequisite(s) BUS 109 or Management course, Senior-level status.

Last Modified 4/13/22