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UNB Faculty of Management

Business Administration Recognized for its Honours Program in HR

Author: Liz Lemon-Mitchell

Posted on Jun 15, 2009

Category: Faculty Highlights

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently announced that UNB's BBA with a major in Human Resource Management degree program offered on the Fredericton campus through the faculty of business administration fully aligns with the recommended requirements for HR degree programs, as outlined in the SHRM HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

The SHRM devised the curriculum guidebook and templates in 2005, as a way to provide universities and colleges a resource for tracking HR Curricula against a common, minimum skill set needed by employers who seek to fill HR positions. The template identifies 13 minimum core HR topics that should be required curriculum in every HR degree program, as well as 11 elective HR topics to complement the required core.

An important feature of the HR curriculum template is that it offers professors greater flexibility in devising their HR courses, while providing a minimum level of standardization for HR content being taught.

SHRM has also gained the support of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International in an effort to bring a similar level of commonality to HR degree programs that is required of AACSB accredited Schools of Business.

Representatives from the SHRM met with the faculty of business administration and engaged in talks regarding the current HR curriculum. After thorough discussions and assessment of the topics, courses, business context, and delivery methods used by UNB, it was determined that the HR honours program fully aligns with the standards SHRM laid out in their guidebook and templates.

Affiliations with professional associations, such as SHRM are extremely important for students and the university. This certification distinguishes UNB's HR program as being taught in accordance with the highest of standards, giving students the skills and training they need for successful careers in human resources management.