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Department of Human Relations For Students Entering the Oklahoma State System for Higher Education: Human Relations, Bachelor of Arts

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Minimum Credit Hours and Grade Point Averages Required

Total Hours =120 Major Hours = 36 Upper-Division Within Total = 48


Grade Point Averages: Overall & Major: Combined OU/Transfer - 2.00 OU -2.00 48 Upper-Division Hours REQUIRED


OU encourages students to complete at least 30 hours of applicable coursework each year to have the opportunity to graduate in four years.
GENERAL EDUCATION AND COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS Courses graded P/NP will not apply. Some courses re quired for the major may also fulfill University General Education and/or College of Arts & Sciences Requirements
Courses for fulfillment of General Education and College of Arts & Sciences requirements must be from the approved General Education course list published in the Class Schedule or at



A grade of C or better is required in each major course.


Human Relations (HR) Courses 3003 Human Relations Theory (3)

3013 Intro to Human Relations (3)

3033 Writing for H R Professionals (3)

3043 Interpersonal Skills and Group Dynamics (3)

4013 Social Change Process (3)

4503 Applied Research (3)

4513 Service Learning (Capstone) (3)

MAJOR ELECTIVES—(15 hours) including at least one course from each of the categories identified below, plus six additional hours from any of the three categories. The list of approved courses for each category is available in the departmental office.

Organizational Studies (3)

Diversity (3)

Current Problems (3)

Six additional hours

ECON 1113, Princ. of Econ-Macro PHIL 1213, Intro. to Eth ics COMM 1113, Princ. of Comm., or COMM 2613, Public Speaking (3)


Cultural Diversity course chosen from: AFAM 2003, 3213, 3413, 4010; ANTH 1613, 1823, 2203, 2613, 3453, 3553, 4303, 4623, 4633, 4843; NAS 3113; or W S 2003. Substitutions may be made only with the permission of the pro gram director. (3)_________________________

Statistics course chosen from: COMM 2513, ECON 2843, P SC 3123, PSY 2003, S WK 2223, or SOC 3123. (3) _______________________

University-Wide General Education (minimum 40 hours) and College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication (9-22 hours, 3-6 courses) a. Eng lish Composition (6 hours, 2 courses) 1. English 1113, Prin ci ples of English Composition 2. Eng lish 1213, Principles of English Composition, or EXPO 1213, Expository Writing b. Foreign Language (0-13 hours in the same language)

Te College of Arts and Sciences requirement cannot be met by high school coursework.

1. Beginning Course (0-5 hours) _________________________

2. Beginning Course, continued (0-5 hours) _________________________

3. Intermediate Course (2000 level, 0-3 hours). ______________________

One course at the intermediate level or demonstrated competency at that level. c. Mathematics (3 hours, 1 course). _________________________

Core Area II: Natural Science (7 hours, 2 courses) including one laboratory component. 1.Biological Science __________________________

*Chosen from the following approved Gen eral Ed:. BIO, or ZOO. 2.Physical Science ___________________________

Chosen from the fol low ing ap proved General Ed ucation designators: AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, or PHYS. Core Area III: Social Science (6 hours, 2 courses) 1. Political Science 1113, American Federal Government 2. _________________________

Core Area IV: Hu man ities (18 hours, 6 courses)

a: Understanding Artistic Forms (3 hours, 1 course) _______________________

b. Western Civilization and Culture (6 hours, 2 courses)

1. History 1483, U.S., 1492-1865, or His tory 1493, U.S., 1865-Pres ent

2. _________________________ (excluding HIST 1483 and 1493)

c. Non-Western Culture (3 hours, 1 course):__________________

d. Additional Core IV Humanities courses (6 u per-division hours, 2 courses at the 3000- 4000-level). Must be outside the major and selected from Understanding Ar tistic Forms, West ern Civilization and Cul ture, or Non-West ern Cul ture. 1. _________________________ 2. _________________________

Core Area V: Senior Capstone Experience (3 hours, 1 course): College of Arts and Sciences Requirements: College requirements are not automatically fulfilled by a previous degree. Computer Literacy Requirement — Students must demonstrate computer proficiency which includes the competent use of a variety of software and networking applications. This requirement may be satisfied by:

1. A high school computer science course that meets curricular requirement; or

2. Completion of a college-level course that requires competent use of computing; or

3. Completion of a university computer proficiency assessment test.

Free Electives

Electives to bring total applicable hours to 120 including 48 upper- division hours.



  • TOTAL HOURS: A minimum of 120 semester hours acceptable toward graduation must be completed.


  • UPPER-DIVISION HOURS: A minimum of 48 upper-division semester hours acceptable toward graduation must be completed. OU courses num bered 3000 or above are upper-division. Transfer work is counted as lower-division or upper-division credit depend ing on the level at which it was of fered at the in sti tu tion where it was earned. Two-year college work is accepted only as lower-division credit.


  • ARTS AND SCIENCES HOURS: At least 80 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BA degree. At least 55 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are re quired for a BS degree.


  • MA JOR WORK: A minimum of 30 semester hours must be earned in the major, includ ing a minimum of 15 credit hours at the upper-division level.


  • PASS/NO PASS ENROLLMENT: A maximum of 16 semester hours of free elective credit may be attempted under this option.


  • INDIVIDUAL STUDIES (e.g., courses titled “Independent Study”): A maximum of 12 total semester hours may be counted toward graduation.


  • MILITARY, MILI TARY IN-SERVICE, SKILLS, APPLIED TECHNOLOGY, AND P.E. COURSES: A maximum of 16 semester credit hours of basic skills and/or applied technology courses. No physical education activity courses will be counted toward the 120 semester hours of accept able credit for graduation.


  • SENIOR INSTITUTION HOURS: A minimum of 60 semester hours applied toward graduation must be earned at senior (4-year) institutions.


    • At least 15 of the final 30 hours applied toward the degree or at least 50 percent of the hours required by the institution in the major field must be satisfactorily completed at the awarding institution.

    • At least 15 semester hours of upper-division major work must be completed in residence at OU.

    • OU correspondence courses are not considered resident credit.

    • Credits earned via examination are neither resident nor non-resident credit.


  • GRADE POINT AVERAGES: Students must earn a minimum over all 2.00 for each of the follow ing: Combined Retention GPA (all college grades), OU Retention GPA, GPA for all major courses, and GPA for all ma jor courses taken at OU. Some schools and departments of the College have higher minimum grade point averages required for their students.


  • SPECIAL DEGREES: Students may qualify for an Honors degree (cum Laude, Magna cum Laude, or Summacum Laude) by completing specific requirements of the Honors College. A degree will be earned with Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.60 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA. A degree will be earned with Special Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.90 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA.


  • APPLICATION FOR GRADUATION: Students must apply for graduation during the term in which they complete their degree requirements in order to graduate in that term. The application is valid for three terms. Application forms are available from the College of Arts and Sciences Academic Services office, Ellison Hall, Room 124. The deadline for completion of all coursework to graduate in a particular term is the last day of classes in that term.

Refer to the OU General Catalog for more complete information.


Suggested Semester Plan of Study — Human Relations

This plan shows one possible grouping of courses that would allow students to graduate in four years. Please refer to the front of the degree checksheet for official requirements. Students must consult with College of Arts and Sciences and/or Department of Human Relations academic advisers to verify that courses selected each semester fulfill the recommended plan and satiisfy university, College of Arts and Sciences, and Human Relations major requirements.





COMM 1113, Principles of Communication, or 2613, Public Speaking (3)

ENGL 1113, Principles of English Composition (Core I) (3)

PSC 1113, American Federal Government (Core III) (3)

Beginning Foreign Language (Core I) (5)

Free Elective, lower-division (3)

ENGL 1213, Prin ci ples of Eng lish Composition (Core I), or EXPO 1213, Expository Writing (Core I) (3)

COMM 2513, Intro. to Statistics, or ECON 2843, Elements of Statistics, or, PSY 2003, Understand ing Statistics, or SWK 2223, Statistics for Social Work (Core I) (3)

Understanding Artistic Forms (Core IV) (3)

Beginning Foreign Language continued (Core I) (5)

Free Elective, lower-division (3)


ECON 1113, Principles of Economics – Macro (Core III) (3)

Intermediate Foreign Language (3)

Natural Science with lab (Core II) (4)

Non-West ern Cul ture (Core IV) (3)

Free Elec tive, lower-division (3)

HIST 1483, United States 1492-1865, or 1493, United States 1865-Present (Core IV)

PHIL 1213, Introduction to Ethics (Core IV)

Natural Science without lab (Core II)

Free Elective, lower-division Free Elective, lower-division


HR 3003, Human Relations Theory (3)

HR 3013, Introduction to Human Relations (3)

HR 3033, Writing for HR Professionals (3)

Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) (3)

Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) (3)

HR 3043, Interpersonal Skills and Group Dynamics (3)

HR 4503, Applied Research (3)

HR Major Elective: Diversity, upper-division (3)

HR Major Elective: Organizational Studies, upper-division (3)

Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) (3)


HR 4013, Social Change Process (3)

HR Major Elective: Current Problems, upper-division (3)

H R Major Elective, upper-division (3)

Free Elective, lower- or upper-division (3)

Free Elective, upper-di vi sion (3000-4000-level) (3)

HR 4513, Service Learning (Capstone) (3)

HR Major Elective, upper-division (3)

Free Elective, lower- or upper-division (3)

Free Elective, lower- or upper-division (3)


A grade of C or better is required in each major course. * Any one of these courses will satisfy both the General Education Mathematics requirements as well as the major support requirement for a statistics course. The following courses will satisfy both the General Education Non-Western Culture (Core IV) requirement and the cultural diversity major support requirement: AFAM 2003, ANTH 1613, 1823, 2203, or 2613.

Bachelor’s degrees require a minimum of 48 hours of upper-division (3000-4000) coursework. This plan of study should not be used in lieu of academic advisement.

Students who transfer from other institutions (particularly community colleges) must verify credit hour and course requirements with their college academic counselor, ELLH 124, 325-4411. Please make an appointment for a degree check with your college academic counselor once you have earned 90 hours.


Appointments may be scheduled at