Organizational Behavior & Human Resources Management Program

The Tools to Lead & Spark Growth

Organizational behavior is the study of human behavior in organizational settings, and the organization itself. Human resources management is the process of hiring and developing employees so that they become more valuable to the organization. Human resource management includes conducting job analysis, planning personnel needs, recruiting the right people for the job, orienting and training, managing wages and salaries, providing benefits and incentives, evaluating performance, resolving disputes, and communicating with employees at all levels.

Two UM-Flint School of Management OBHRM students discussing class.

Why Earn Your Bachelor of Business Administration in Organizational Behavior & Human Resources at UM-Flint?

Professional Preparation

The Organizational Behavior & Human Resources major is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in the fields of general management or in human resource management. These fields demand a range of personal qualities and skills, from the ability to work with diverse employees to the active promotion of organizational goals. The ideal student has “soft skills” like integrity, fair-mindedness, and a proactive personality, as well as being able to cope with conflicting points of view, function under pressure, and demonstrate discretion. The “hard skills” necessary include computer proficiency, strong written and oral communication, math, and principles of business.

The curriculum intends to give students a broad understanding of organizations by addressing necessary managerial knowledge and skills. In order to help an organization function effectively, the curriculum focuses on managing teams, leading change, negotiation tactics, human resource development, and exploring key areas in human resources management. It also emphasizes the study of employee work behavior and how to maximize the potential of an organization’s human resources.

100% Flexible Online Program Option

The Organizational Behavior & Human Resources degree is offered in an online format that caters to the multiple learning styles and schedules of today’s busy students—whether those students are starting as first-year students or taking advantage of transferable credits earned at another institution. The program is also available in a traditional face-to-face format.

Student Focused HR Club

The Society for Human Resource Management UM-Flint student chapter aids students pursuing the OBHRM degree or Human Resources Management minor. This club frequently invites HR professionals to its speaker series, sends student representatives to HR conferences, competes in HR case competitions, and guides students with their student or professional Society for Human Resource Management certifications. UM-Flint’s Society for Human Resource Management student chapter won Outstanding Student Organization in 2021. Interested students can contact Brian Blume, Professor of Organizational Behavior & Human Resources, or Gerald Knesek, Lecturer IV of Management.

Expert Faculty

UM-Flint’s Organizational Behavior & Human Resources faculty bring practical working knowledge into the learning environment and are experienced, tested, and respected global experts in their field. Like all University of Michigan instructors, they have a passion for education and years of experience teaching and researching current business issues. Organizational Behavior & Human Resources faculty members are available to consult with students wishing to pursue careers in any of the above-mentioned areas.

Nicholas Bonardelli

Nicholas Bonardelli
Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management, 2020

Once I was admitted into the School of Management, I immediately felt supported and knew that everyone here wanted me to succeed. During my time here, I had the privilege of being the Vice President of the School’s Society of Human Resources (SHRM) group. I’m so thankful I was able to be a part of such an intellectual group of people who have taught me so much. If I have a piece of advice for any new students it would be to get involved in the school as much as possible, there are so many resources here that will greatly benefit you!

Bachelor of Business Administration in Organizational Behavior & Human Resources Management

In addition to the requirements for the BBA degree, at least 18 additional credits as follows:

A. Major Core Courses

  • MGT 344 – Human Resource Management (3)
  • MGT 347 – Managing Projects and Teams (3)
  • MGT 449 – Issues in Leadership and Change Management (3)

B. Major Electives
Three from:

  • INB 442 – International Management (3)
  • MGT 346 – Contemporary Labor-Management Issues (3)
  • MGT 394 – Management Internship Program (1-3)
  • MGT 443 – Developing Negotiations Skills (3)
  • MGT 445 – Human Resource Development (3)
Jazzmin Jackson

Jazzmin Jackson
Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management, 2021

I remember my first day on campus like it was yesterday. Being a recent grad from MCC, becoming acquainted with a new campus was challenging; but, I am so thankful for my small community on campus that helped me along the way. I will forever treasure the time spent on campus, and I’ll be forever grateful that I was able to obtain my degree right here in my community.

Career Outlook for Human Resources Professionals

UM-Flint’s Organizational Behavior & Human Resources Management students from 2019-2021 have interned at Michigan HR Day, Winegarden & Haley, Fessler & Bowman Inc., NCG Trillium Cinema, State of Michigan, Webasto, Custom Lawn Care, Coetic HR, General Motors, Soteria Home Health Care, Blue Chip Talent, JcPenney, Grand Pointe Automotive, City of Mason, Sea Automotive, and more.

OBHRM alumni are currently employed at a variety of organizations ranging from non-profits, corporations, self-employed, or Fortune 500 companies. Organizational Behavior & Human Resources Management alumni work at companies such as Financial Plus Credit Union, DM Burr, MCA LLC, Meijer, BCBSN, Diplomat, Ascension, Quicken Loans, Optum, Huron Capital, Cengage Learning, Kelly Services, McLaren, Frankenmuth Insurance, General Motors, Ford, University of Michigan-Flint, and more.

The average salary for a Human Resources Specialist is $63,490 per year in 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The projected percent change in employment from 2019 to 2029 is growing faster than average at around 7%. The average growth rate for all occupations is 4 percent.

$63,490 median annual wage for human resources specialists Source:

The top occupations for someone with a human resources management degree are:

  • Human Resources Manager/Generalist
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Consultant
  • Recruiter
  • Labor Relations Manager
  • Compensation and Benefits Manager
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion specialist

Top Industries:

  • Automotive/Transportation
  • Consulting & Training
  • Government
  • Hospitality & Tourism 
  • Healthcare
  • Business

Learn more about the OBHRM degree and be an HR Leader of tomorrow

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Ready to prepare for an exciting career leading organizations and supporting their most valuable assets – their employees? Apply today or contact us to learn more.