What can I do with a degree in human resources?

 The human resources major prepares you with an understanding of human behavior, as well as the specific human resources skills to allow you to carry out important functions to benefit both individuals and organizations.

Where do people work with this major?

 Human resources professionals are employed in a wide variety of settings. Likely potential employers for graduates of this program include:

• local, county, state and federal governmental agencies, such as the military, social services, mental health and public safety,

• non-profit organizations,

• medium to large companies,

• technical schools and other educational institutions,

• hospitals and other health care facilities, and

• consulting firms.

What’s involved in the human resources major?

 You will complete nine three-hour courses in the Human Resources Administration and Development Core, as well as a capstone experience. Human resources is a broad field, and the Core courses will expose you to the major issues and components, such as interpersonal behavior, communication, leadership and human development, as well as an introduction to training and development. You also will complete 15 credit hours in one of two different specialization tracks, either Human Resources Administration or Human Resources Training and Development.  You will develop a high level of expertise in one of the two areas.


What are the skills and areas of knowledge that will be gained through the human resources major?

 The human resources core exposes students to:

• An understanding of human behavior and performance, including individual differences in ability, personality, interests, learning styles and motivation.

• Crucial interpersonal skills which underpin effective human interaction

• Awareness of the importance of culture and diversity, including in the global workplace

• Communication principles and application, both oral and written

• Analytical skills, decision-making and problem-solving

• Working with teams and encouraging collaboration

What’s the Capstone Experience all about?

 You’ll be involved in this course to cap off what you have learned while pursuing the major in human resources. If you don’t have a background in human resources and/or training, you’ll do an internship at an organization; if your current employment is in this area, you may be able to complete a project at your workplace.

How much writing is there in the program?

A good deal. We stress both written and oral communication. These are very necessary skills in human resources work and they are embedded in the courses so you will be prepared to shine. If your score on the writing proficiency assessment shows that you need development in this area, you will be required to take additional work to cultivate the skills.

What’s the purpose of completing courses in both psychology and sociology?

A grasp of the basic factors which shape human personality and interaction, such as heredity, environment, group membership and culture, are foundational to the human resources profession. These courses will give you a sophisticated understanding of human behavior, contributing to strong and effective human resources skills.

Why do I need a diversity course?

HR professionals work with individuals with a wide variety of cultural, ethnic, religious, gender, and other characteristics. Understanding the impact of diversity on our society will make you more effective as an HR professional, especially in developing training programs which meet the needs of a diverse population of clients and workers.

Why do I need to take statistics?

Understanding and using statistical methods and acquiring and using information and data have become important competencies for human resources professionals. Developing and evaluating employment and training data, as well as understanding the statistical context of research in the field, are common daily tasks of the HR professional. Statistics is a very practical type of mathematics and the emphasis of this course is on application, rather than on mathematical theory. The prerequisite for this course is MATH 120 or the appropriate mathematics proficiency score.

Where are the classes offered?

All classes for the program are offered at the Douglas County Regional Academic Center, in Lithia Springs, and the Henry County Regional Academic Center, in McDonough. Many of the multidisciplinary required courses are also offered at the other centers and online.

When do the classes meet?

 Mercer University’s Regional Academic Centers are designed to meet the needs of working adults. Classes meet on weekday evenings or on Saturdays, once a week for eight weeks. There are two eight-week sessions during each of the Fall and Spring Semesters, as well as one eight-week and one four-week session during the Summer Semester.  Most enrolled students take two classes per session for full time enrollment for the semester, meeting two different days of the week. 

Are any classes offered online?

 Many classes are offered completely online, and some classes are offered in a hybrid format - a combination of online and face-to-face meetings.

Can I work and go to school?

 Most of our students work, take care of families, and attend classes.

How many credit hours can I transfer into Mercer?

 The University Registrar determines which courses taken at other institutions are directly comparable to Mercer’s courses and will be credited toward completion of degree requirements at Mercer University.  Course work with a grade of C- or better earned at regionally accredited institutions will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis and considered for transfer as an equivalent Mercer course or as elective credit.  Remedial or sub collegiate credits will not be transferred.  The maximum credit allowed from all two-year colleges attended is 64 semester hours (96 quarter hours) including all courses taken as a transient student, and no more than 96 semester hours of credit can be transferred from all regionally accredited colleges/universities.  A minimum of 32 credits must be earned in residence at Mercer University for graduation regardless of the number of credits accepted in transfer.

How long will it take me to complete the program?

It depends on how many transfer credits you bring with you and how they fit within the general education and major requirements. All the major classes will be offered within a two-year cycle.

Why do I have to provide immunization records?

 Mercer’s immunization policy is a University policy and not an admissions policy, which is designed for the safety of our students.  If immunization records are not released to Mercer before the first semester, you will need to provide them before the end of your first session or it will affect your future enrollment.

How much is tuition?

May I apply for financial assistance?

Financial assistance is offered on a case-by-case basis.  Students may be eligible for federal and/or private loan programs. The Mercer University Office of Student Financial Planning is equipped to provide up-to-date information on financial assistance available to students via federal loan programs.  The first step to apply for federal loans is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) form, available online. You may complete this form as soon as you apply to the program, but eligibility will be determined only after you have been accepted by Mercer University. Please note that federal loans are available to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents only.