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Contact Information

Department of Human Relations

Phone: (405) 325-1756



Program Description

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.

Degree Options

Human Relations students graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations degree. Master of Human Relations degrees are also available.

Degree Options

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.

Notable Achievements

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.

Your Future

Types of Employers

Civil Rights Commission
Court systems
Department of Education
Business corporations
Market research firms
Government agencies

Recent Graduates Jobs

Executive director, African
    Inspired! Art Gallery and
    Cultural Center
Management analyst, BAE
Child welfare specialist, Dept. of
    Human Services
Travel Manager, US Special
    Operations Command
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
    Counseling Center