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The demand for skilled human resource specialists continues to grow as our culture evolves from a manufacturing to a service-oriented society. Companies of all sizes are shifting from traditional personnel management to more supportive, informative, humanistic approaches in the management of their “human resources.” Professionals in the field are charged with nurturing flexibility, creativity and adaptability to change in their personnel. The human resource development (HRD) major studies psychology, human behavior, the structure of organizations, policy, training and development, and compensation. HRD majors also are encouraged to develop an understanding of the increasingly multicultural workforce and an appreciation of the intercultural knowledge necessary for success in the global arena. Students are prepared to work as corporate trainers, employee assistance program specialists, recruiters and human resource managers. Qualified students are encouraged to combine their undergraduate program with the Master of Science in Professional Communication via our accelerated B.S./M.S.P.C. option.


Students must complete 32 units of credit (128 semester hours) to earn a B.S. degree. The requirements for the B.S. degree fall into four categories:

  • major area courses; varies according to major
  • courses meeting general distribution requirements—17 units
  • elective courses—6 units
  • a “perspectives” capstone course—1 unit

The Major

Through study of a major, a student specializes and deepens academic and professional knowledge in a subject area. Students pursuing the bachelor of science degree must meet with an academic advisor for information about degree requirements.

Transfer students must take at least half the courses in their major area and all upper-level major requirements at Clark.

Distribution Requirements

Students are required to take 17 course units to meet the liberal arts distribution requirement. This requirement is designed to give students perspectives on human affairs, which will enrich their academic background and their professionalism. Industry, government and nonprofit organizations continue to emphasize breadth of knowledge and capability in those they employ.

A general outline of courses falling within discipline areas may be found preceding the course descriptions. Students should also review all interdepartmental (IDND) courses, many of which fulfill one or more area requirements. The student’s School of Professional Studies undergraduate academic adviser can identify which courses meet particular requirements.

The 17 units must be distributed as follows:

  • English/Verbal Expression — two units
  • Humanities — five units
    These courses must be distributed among at least three disciplines. One unit must be met by professional ethics.
  • Science/Mathematics — four units
    At least one course in each of these disciplines is required.
  • Social Sciences — six units
    These courses must be distributed among at least three disciplines.


Six electives are required for the B.S. degree. These electives may be selected from the entire spectrum of courses. One course must be taken in computer/information science. Students already computer literate may have this requirement waived by the associate dean.

Perspectives Course

In the senior or graduating year, degree candidates are required to take a “perspectives” course. As perspective courses vary from year to year, students should consult with their academic advisers. Current perspective course must be international in its focus.

Note that these requirements are the same for any B.S. major.

Contact Information

School of Professional Studies

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  • 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Friday