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The Human Resources Management Minor is Gaining Popularity

March 16, 2015
As one of several business minors at the Girard School of Business, Human Resources Management is attracting students who are looking to better understand and gain experience in today’s workplace.

The role of Human Resources Management (HRM) within a company is to maximize employee performance to further the employer’s strategic objectives.  A successful HRM strategy can play an important role in the success of a company and the satisfaction of its employees.  “The principles of Human Resources Management apply whether you work for someone else or create your own business.  In business, you constantly deal with fellow employees and other people, and that is what HRM is all about,” says Professor Paul Antonellis, who teaches HRM at Merrimack College.

Human Resource Management is offered as a minor within the Girard School of Business, providing students the opportunity to learn about the rights and privileges they have as an employee in the workplace.  HR coursework covers a variety of topics, such as recruitment, selection and retention; how to handle situations involving sexual harassment or hostile work environments; and, workplace health and safety concerns.  The knowledge and skills gained in the coursework have prepared former students to hold human resources management generalist positions as HR coordinators and administrators.   

Professor Antonellis, who has written extensively on various topics in HRM, says “If you are interested in the field of HRM, you want to learn as much as you can.  Even as a student you are going to work for somebody and as a worker you want to learn about your rights as an employee – whether it is wages, work hours or benefits.”  The HRM coursework will prepare students for the changes in the business environment. 

Corrine Gosselin and Zachary Wilkins, both seniors, spent last summer working in the field of HRM.  Gosselin worked at Holy Family Hospital, where she wrote job descriptions, filed paperwork, and verified confidential information.  She enjoyed the experience, describing HR as, “… a field I can see myself working in.  Things are always changing, whether it is dealing with colleagues or policies.” 

Wilkins spent his summer working at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Bradford, MA.  “Human Resources is a great field and department to start in because you get a foundation for the entire business.  A lot of the daily occurrences go through the HR department whether it be hiring, benefits or dealing with everyday situations that come up internally with the business,” he says.

Gosselin and Wilkins stress the importance of taking HRM courses to fellow students.  “Within any job you get, you are going to have to deal with Human Resources; you are going to have to know the policies and benefits of your job,” Gosselin says.  HRM students will learn the knowledge, skills, abilities and behaviors they need to be successful as an employee working for an organization, a supervisor/manager of employees, or a professional working in the field of HRM.

Students interested in the Human Resources Management minor can contact Professor Antonellis at or Kim Valente, Student Services Specialist, at for more information.   

Contributed by: Colleen Quinlan ’15

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