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Human Relations

Human Relations

What is Human Relations?

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 Dodge Family 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.

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So, what's my degree?

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

Do my interests fit?

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.

  • Cultural Studies
  • Human Behavior
  • Social-Political Issues
  • Education
  • Problem Solving
  • Humanities
  • Social Studies
  • Program Development


What courses will I take?

Human Resource courses can include:

  • Human Relations Theory
  • Intro. to Human Relations
  • Writing for HR Professionals
  • Cultural Awareness in HR
  • Social Change Process
  • Applied Research
  • Service Learning  

Wait, I can have a minor?

Human Relations students may want to consider a second major or minor in:

  • Communication
  • Education
  • Human Resource Management
  • Media Studies
  • Social Work
  • Religious Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Sociology
  • Psychology

How can I study abroad?

OU has numerous study abroad opportunities for students of all majors. Whether you want to take electives, lower-division courses, or major requirements, be sure to check out what education abroad opportunities are available to you through the College of International Studies. 

What kind of career could I pursue?

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

How much will I make?

Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website to explore the median pay for jobs you can pursue with this degree. 

Contact Us

Department of Human Relations
Phone: (405) 325-1756