Why study Human Resource Management at MC?

Do you enjoy working with people? Do you see yourself as someone who would like to help facilitate the success of your organization? At Maryville College, being a Human Resource Management major means developing the skills needed to help organizations manage their most important asset, people.

HR professionals are a crucial part of any business strategy and can help propel an organization to new heights. The tasks involved in HR include the development of selection and performance appraisal instruments, the management of salaries and benefits, and the development of training and career enhancement opportunities. You’ll get to learn about these dimensions through courses such as Principles of Management and Human Resource Management. Additionally, we want you to understand how people interact and the psychology of human behavior so you will experience such courses as Introductory to Psychology and Social Psychology. You will also need to see how individuals function when placed into groups so you will explore Introductory Sociology and Group Facilitation.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

External Relationships

Community Alternatives to Prison Program
Cooper Standard
Great Plains Nursing & Rehabilitation
Management Solutions
Market Street Solutions
Newell Rubbermaid
Sugarland Cellars

The Business Advisory Board at MC

Comprised of accomplished local business and community leaders, the Board meets twice a year to provide insight and input into the current challenges that organizations face in pursuit of success and effectiveness, particularly as those challenges relate to the knowledge and skill sets required of prospective employees. In turn, MC faculty respond to those challenges through curricular innovation and reform. Each meeting involves interaction with current students (such as presentations), keynote speakers, roundtable discussions and workshops.

Meet a current student

Photo of Jessica AucheyJessica Auchey ’20
Hometown: Loudon, Tenn.

Jessica enrolled at Maryville College as a non-traditional student hoping to make a positive change to her career path. She is coupling human resources with a psychology minor. “I have a passion for listening to others and seeing where I can be helpful to them so they can make a positive change in their lives,” she said. “Before coming to Maryville College, I did not know about the nonprofit management class that is offered to help students earn the certified nonprofit professional (CNP) credential. I have always felt led to work with a nonprofit, and I was granted that opportunity last summer with an internship with Good Neighbors of Blount County. The experience and connections I have made have given me hope for a successful career after I graduate.” After she graduates from MC, she hopes to find a career in the nonprofit field as a human resource manager.

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Featured Graduates

Erin Persinger

Erin Persinger ’16

Currently: Human Resources Coordinator, Westin Nashville

While at MC, Erin earned an internship at Provision Health Care, and the College assisted her in getting a job at the Ruby Tuesday Lodge located on the College Woods. The two positions jumpstarted her career and affirmed her passion for human resources and hospitality. As the human resources coordinator at the Westin Nashville, Erin assists with recruitment, training and tracking of employees at one of Music City’s most popular downtown hotels. “Maryville College paved the way for me to discover my true passion,” she said. “I am grateful that  Maryville academic and athletic programs prepared me so well to transition from college to a career.”

Erica Greene SmithErica Greene Smith ’04

Currently: Human Resources at Management Solutions, Knoxville, Tenn.

Erica’s interest in human resources started while doing her accounting internship with MasterCraft Boat Company, where she helped out in the HR department. After graduating from Maryville, she earned a master’s degree in human resources. She has worked in the field for six years. “My experience at MasterCraft, coupled with my work in organizational behavior at Maryville College, helped me realize my passion was in HR. My studies while at MC in business and organizational behavior have given me a great foundation in making important daily human resources decisions, and this has helped me become a leader at my employer.”

Graduate School Placements

Tusculum College
University of Tennessee-Knoxville Haslam School of Business