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Best Accredited Colleges has released their 2021 rankings, and University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus has been ranked #2 on the list Best Master's Degrees in Human Resources!

What is Human Relations?

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We are a multi-disciplinary field of study and professional practice combining theoretical perspectives from the social sciences and humanities, organizational studies, the world of work and service, and from multicultural studies.   The BA and the MHR degrees prepare students to meet the challenge of working in an increasingly diverse and global workplace.  

Our Vision

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The Human Relations program will be recognized for excellence in education and research, promoting social justice, service, and scholarship for the betterment of society.

Our History

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The Department of Human Relations was founded in 1970 with a mission to train graduate students to be agents of social change.  The department has grown to include a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Human Relations in Norman and a Master’s degree in Human Relations (MHR) on the University of Oklahoma campuses in Norman and Tulsa, as well as through OU’s College of Continuing Education’s Extended Campus programs.

In 1967, George Henderson and his family relocated to Norman, Oklahoma, where he became a professor at the University of Oklahoma. Up until that year, Norman was a sundown town that prohibited non-whites to be outside after dark and the Hendersons became the first African-American property owners there. He shares his Brief But Spectacular take on living what he teaches.