ABM in Labor Relations & Human Resources

400-Level courses that could be applied: 

Not exhaustive – students may propose any 400-level course with justification. 


  • COM 402: Leadership and Motivation. LEC: (3 crs.) Examination of theory and research in the areas of leadership and motivation in organizational settings. Emphasis on application of theory in developing essential leadership skills within individuals and in creating effective motivational programs within organizations. (Lec. 3) Pre: MGT (BUS) 340, MGT (BUS) 341 or COM 251 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor. 
  • COM 422: Communication and Conflict Intervention. LEC: (3 crs.) An examination of the role of communication theories in conflict intervention in interpersonal, group, and organizational settings. Emphasis on applying theories through simulations, role plays, case studies, and discussions. (Lec. 3) Pre: COM 221 or COM 251 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor. 
  • COM 450: Organizational Communication Theory. LEC: (3 crs.) Survey theory and practice of communication in organizations. Examines interface of organizational, management, and communication theories. Explores human interaction, flows and formats in organizations, stresses student analysis of organizational communication. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor. 
  • COM 461: Managing Cultural Differences in Organizations. LEC: (3 crs.) Exploring how to manage cultural differences in organizations and to adapt to culturally diverse organizations by applying the skills of intercultural sensitivity and intercultural competence. (Lec. 3/Online) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor. Not open to students who have credit for MGT (BUS) 448, MBA 579. 
  • COM 462: Communication and Global Society. LEC: (3 crs.) Exploring various aspects of the relationship between communication and globalization, including a new sense of community, cultural diversity, cultural identity, global media, and global citizenship. (Lec. 3/Online) Pre: six credits in communication and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor. 


  • ECN 480: Seminar in Labor Studies. SEM: (3 crs.) Cross-listed as (ECN), LHR 480. Intensive studies examining various important topics in labor studies. Class discussion of assigned readings and student reports. (Lec. 3) Pre: permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit. 


  • HDF 412: Historical, Multi-Ethnic, and Alternative Leadership. LEC: (3 crs.) Examines issues of cultural anthropology, critical thinking, theories of inclusion, and crisis leadership. Capstone requirement for leadership minors. (Lec. 3) Pre: permission of instructor and HDF 190 or 290 and junior or senior standing. 
  • HDF 413: Advanced Facilitation and Consulting Skills. LEC: (3 crs.) Examines experiential education, organizational development, facilitation techniques, and ethical issues of peer leadership. Elective for leadership minors. (Lec. 3) Pre: permission of instructor and HDF 190 or HDF 290. 
  • HDF 416: Personal and Organizational Leadership. LEC: (3 crs.) Topics include leadership theory and style, experiential learning, peer mentoring, critical thinking, quality improvement, and organizational development. (Lec. 3) Elective for leadership minors. Pre: HDF 290 or 190 and permission of instructor. 
  • HDF 450: Introduction to Counseling. LEC: (3 crs.) Introduces students in human sciences to interviewing and counseling skills in both professional and paraprofessional settings. Integrates theory, practice, and application by didactic and experiential learning. (Lec. 3) Pre: Senior standing in HDF, graduate standing, or permission of instructor. 


  • MGT 441: (BUS) Leadership Skills Development. LEC: (3 crs.) Introduces the students to the tasks, strategies, and skills of effective leadership. Special emphasis will be on developing vision, dealing with change, ethics, values, and diversity. (Lec. 3) Pre: MGT (BUS) 341 or 341H or permission of instructor. 
  • MGT 443: (BUS) Organizational Design and Change LEC: (3 crs.) Behavioral science applications to planning systematic organizational design, change and development using theory, concepts, technique, and cases for change agents and managers of change. (Lec. 3) Pre: MGT (BUS) 341 or 341H, or permission of instructor. 
  • MGT 446: (BUS) Special Topics in Management. SEM: (3 crs.) Advanced study in topics of special interest to Management. This course will be conducted as a seminar for juniors and seniors. (Seminar) May be repeated once with different topic. Pre: MGT (BUS) 342 and senior standing or permission of instructor. 
  • MGT 448: (BUS) International Dimensions of Business LEC: (3 crs.) Introduction to complex, culturally diverse, digital business environments. Characteristics of successful ‘transnational’ corporations, along with international dimensions of business will be developed experientially. (Lec. 3) Not for M.B.A. credit. 
  • MGT 450: (BUS) Small Business Management LEC: (3 crs.) Application of theory and practice to the management and formation of the small business enterprise, use of current literature, cases and projects to enable students tounderstand and appreciate the operations of small businesses. (Lec. 3) Pre: senior standing in the College of Business Entrep/Innovation major or minor, enrollment in COE Entrep minor, or permission of instructor.
  • MGT 461: (BUS) Management Data Analysis and Communication. LEC: (3 crs.) Descriptive and predictive statistics for advanced Management students, with a focus on generating insights from data, effectively presenting results in a narrative, and taking evidence-based actions. Excel will be the primary software used. (Lec. 3) Pre: MGT (BUS) 342. 


  • PSC 431: International Relations. LEC: (4 crs.) Analysis of the various theories of international relations and study of the major factors influencing the politics of international conflict, trade, organizations, and other interactions between international actors. (Lec. 3, Project 3) Pre: PSC 212 or 310 or permission of instructor. 


  • PSY 420: Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics. LEC: (3 crs.) Cross-listed with (ISE), PSY 420. A study of human capabilities and their interactions with the systems where they perform their jobs to help engineers and psychologists to optimize design, improve jobs, and enhance system performance. (Lec. 2, Lab. 1) Pre: ISE 311 (411) / MCE 411 or STA 412 or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit. 
  • PSY 434: Psychological Testing: (3 crs.) Measurement procedures employed in the measurement of intelligence, aptitudes, abilities, attitudes, interests, and personality. Focus on psychometric principles associated with the various tests. (Lec. 3) Pre: PSY 200 or equivalent. 


  • SOC 432: Work, Employment, and Society. LEC: (3 crs.) Cross-listed as (SOC), LHR 432. Explores the workplace and employment relations from a sociological perspective. Topics include work systems, worker alienation and organization, occupational identity, and the impacts of immigration, diversity, and globalization on the workplace. (Lec. 3) Pre: SOC 100 or permission of instructor. 


  • STA 441: Introduction to Multivariate Statistical Learning. LEC: (4 crs.) Cross-list as (STA), DSP 441. Multivariate data organization and visualization, multinomial and multivariate normal distribution, tests of hypotheses on mean vectors, multivariate regression and classification, principal component analysis, clustering, cross-validation and bootstrapping. (Lec. 3., Lab. 1) Pre: MTH 215; and STA 409, or STA 411, or STA 412; or permission of instructor.
  • STA 490: Statistics in Practice. LEC: (4 crs.) Cross-listed as (STA), DSP 490. Practical experience in statistical consulting through various projects. Apply statistical methods to the challenges imposed by real data and communicate findings effectively. (Lec. 2, Practicum 2) Pre: (STA 411 or 412) and STA 441, or permission of the instructor.