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

Ariel Kaylor ’19
Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.

When Ariel enrolled at MC, she intended to major in biology and prepare for a career as a veterinarian. She quickly learned her heart was somewhere else. “I found my way to human resource management and psychology because I have a passion for working with people, and I hope to operate my own non-profit organization in the future,” she said. “I am excited to continue my path in HR because I know that it will give me the skills that I need to manage an organization that will benefit people on the largest possible scale.”

Outcomes of Recent Gradsclick or touch to open

Featured Graduate

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 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