Career Concentrations

Career Concentrations

Human Resource Management Career Concentration

The Human Resource Management Career Concentration is designed for those students who desire careers in this increasingly important field. Rated the 5th best HR program in the nation in 2003 and 9th best in 2004," its goal is to provide students with the knowledge and problem-solving skills necessary for short and long-term success in this field. Specifically, the HR concentration has the following objectives:

  • To provide students with the knowledge and skill necessary to develop and implement the full range of human resource practices.
  • To provide students with an understanding of the relevant laws and government regulations necessary to develop and implement human resource practices consistent with the highest level of ethical and professional standards.
  • To provide students with an understanding of HR's role in the development and achievement of the strategic goals of an organization.
  • To develop student's self-awareness, improve their communication and people-management skills, and increase their sensitivity to workplace diversity and social responsibility issues.
  • To provide students with information on the professional field of HRM and to provide an avenue for students to interact with HR professionals in the region through internships, projects and membership in the student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management

Career Information

Someone wishing to enter the HR field may choose one of two routes -- HR generalist or specialist.

HR Generalists: These individuals perform virtually all facets of HR work. Entry-level HR generalist positions are most often found in small to mid-sized organizations that employ few HR professionals-one or two people who must "do it all."

HR Specialists: In larger organizations, each HR professional's area tends to be more focused, zeroing in on particular HR tasks, such as compensation, labor relations, employment, or training.


According to a 2000 survey sponsored by the Society for Human Resources Management, top corporate executive generalists earn an average salary of about $150,000. HR professionals with 3 - 5 years experience earn between $62,000 and $83,000, depending on the size and location of the company. Entry-level generalists (i.e. HR Assistants) average $27,000 -- $33,000 annually.

*Based on a survey conducted by Educational Benchmarks, Inc., in which the students' responses regarding the quality of BU's HR courses were compared to students' responses from 182 other universities including Cornell, George Washington, Maryland, Arizona State, Michigan State, Syracuse, Massachusetts, and Virginia.

Internship requirements, evaluation

Management Major—Supply Chain Management Track

The supply chain encompasses activities associated with the sourcing, creation, and delivery of products and services. For any business, doing these in the most effective and efficient way is critical, but few accomplish this on their own. Instead, businesses establish networks of partners to form supply chains. Changes in practices such as reliance on information technology, just-in-time inventory systems, global sourcing, demand-driven strategies, and environmental sustainability initiatives combined with an environment that features greater market volatility and risks have made supply chains more complex and more strategically important. No matter how a company chooses to satisfy its customers and achieve financial objectives, the supply chain is a potent strategic resource to help it deliver more value, lower costs, and faster, more agile responses in the face of steady change.

What is Supply Chain Management (SCM)?

It is challenging to get companies to work together for the best interest of the end consumer. SCM is the discipline that does so by influencing partners and managing the linkages between them to optimize the flow of products, services, information, and money. Activities include anticipating and planning for demand, identifying and selecting sources of supply, leading process improvement projects, and managing inventory levels and mix.

Job Outlook for SCM?

Opportunities are numerous, varied, and global; many SCM careers expect rapid employment increases and considerable openings. Salaries are dependent on education, experience, and location. Examples:

Job Title Typical Preparation National Median Salary (2013) Median Salary in PA (2013)
Supply Chain Manager Bachelor’s Degree & five years experience $103,450 $103,200
Buyer Bachelor’s Degree & a few years experience $52,370 $52,800
Distribution Manager Bachelor’s Degree & five years experience $83,890 $89,400
Logistics Analyst Bachelor’s Degree & a few years experience $73,400 $70,800


How Do I Complete the SCM Track?

The SCM Track consists of four courses that count as required Management Electives. These courses are taken after completing Managerial Decision Making and Supply Chain Operations (see recommended sequence based on prerequisites and course offerings). To declare the SCM Track, see the department secretary and complete the “Change of Program Study Form” to add the SCM Track subplan to the Management Major. Be sure to also speak with Dr. John Grandzol or Dr. Christian Grandzol so they can discuss your intentions. Note: there is no need to wait until Senior Year to get involved with SCM; join the APICS Student Chapter!

Recommended Sequence for the Management Major — Supply Chain Management Track

Junior Year Senior Year
Fall/Spring Fall Spring
MGMT 370 MGMT 474 MGMT 478
Managerial Decision Making Managing Quality Managing Business Processes
(ECONOMIC 256; MGMT 244; ITM 175) (MGMT 371) (MGMT 475)
MGMT 371 MGMT 475 MGMT 479
Supply Chain Operations Logistics Supply Chain Seminar
(ECONOMIC 256; MGMT 244; ITM 175) (MGMT 371) (MGMT 475)

Contact Information

John Grandzol ( or Christian Grandzol (