Solving today's issues and learning how to forge paths toward effective solutions are increasingly valued skills in today's job market. The Human Relations program in the College of Arts and Sciences provides students with marketable skills in this multidisciplinary field of study and professional practice, which promotes social justice, enhanced social relationships, human diversity, advocacy, inclusiveness and critical thinking. The curriculum for the program offers a balance of foundational theory and essential skills through participation in real world settings. Students may plan studies that focus on such areas as counseling, women's studies, race relations, and organizational studies.
A specific emphasis within the general curriculum may be individually designed to fit a student's professional and personal goals. Career development is often enhanced by careful selection of specific elective courses from Human Relations and other departments to create a personalized emphasis such as management, group processes, affirmative action, education, consulting, interpersonal relations, chemical dependency and human resource development.
The graduate program in Human Relations is designed as an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human relationships.
Human Relations students graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations degree. Master of Human Relations degrees are also available.
Human Relations students typically have interests in cultural studies, human behavior, social-political issues, education, problem solving, humanities, social studies, program development and progressive thinking. Human Relations students may choose to pursue a second major or minor in Communication, Education, Human Resource Management, Media Studies, Social Work, Religious Studies, Linguistics, Sociology or Psychology, among others.
Dr. George Henderson, a notable civil rights scholar and lecturer, created the Human Relations program at OU. During his tenure, his notable achievements included four distinguished professorships and 50 university and community honors. He served as a consultant to dozens of state and national organizations and was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2003.
Through the College of Continuing Education, the Human Relations program offers many graduate-level opportunities to allow for flexibility for returning students and students associated with the U.S. military. These programs allow students to return to school without disrupting their everyday lives, careers and families.
Types of Employers
Civil Rights Commission
Department of Education
Market research firms
Recent Graduates Jobs
Executive director, African
Inspired! Art Gallery and
Management analyst, BAE
Child welfare specialist, Dept. of
Travel Manager, US Special
Case manager, Hope Community
Human resources specialist,
Tinker Air Force Base
Experienced Alumni Jobs
Guidance counselor, Duval
County School Board
Director, Shepherd Ministries
Executive director, Center for
Children and Families
Analyst, Sacramento Metropolitan
Air Quality Management
Drug-Alcohol counselor, Coleman